Red Bones : Shetland Island

  • by Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin
  • Series: Shetland Island
  • 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the locals are intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is fatally shot, and Ann Cleeves' popular series detective Jimmy Perez is called in. As claustrophobic mists swirl around the island, Inspector Perez finds himself totally in the dark.


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I Feel Like I have Been to the Shetland Island

Ann Cleeves is a master story-teller. I found her description of Jimmy Perez to be perfectly written -- “It always amazed Sandy how much Perez could pack into a small space of time. If you met him you’d think the inspector was kind of slow. It was his way of thinking before he spoke so you knew that when the words came out they were just the ones he’d intended. But Perez wasn’t slow at all. There was a sort of magic in his asking the right questions the first time, picking up the clues in a situation, knowing when it was time to move on.”

That is how the story proceeds. Slow, meandering and then it all links up with old and new stories and people on an archaeology dig site. The murders look like an accident and suicide, but come to a satisfying conclusion because the motive made sense. I was surprised by the twisty ending, but all the clues had been there for me to figure out myself. Listening to this audiobook was a step back to a slower pace and was a pure listening pleasure for me.

By the way, I have been watching the "Shetland" series based on Cleeves' books on PBS. It is a fantastic TV series. The atmosphere and scenery increase the enjoyment.
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- L. O. Pardue


As I read the author's descriptions of the Shetlands I feel as though I am there. The fictional characters seem like real people living real lives. I look forward to every book of this series, and so far I have not been disappointed.

I would not describe this book as "fast paced". It goes into detail about the history of the characters, and the location. I don't do anything else when I listen to this series. It demands my full attention. I consider the hours of listening time well spent.

Narrator Gordon Griffin is excellent. His character voices are subtly different. HIs narration adds to the story. His performance adds to the story.

On the cover, this book is described as a "thriller". I'm not quite sure why that is. I don't usually read books categorized as thrillers. I imagine them to be fast paced, nerve wracking, and often too violent for my taste. This book is none of those things.

If you've enjoyed other books in the "Shetland" series, I believe you will enjoy this one. If you are looking for a story with lots of "action", you may be disappointed.
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- Chalis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-17-2016
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio