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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Good book, but not Cleeves' best work

I love anything Ann Cleeves writes (especially including her other series, "Vera"). This book takes place in the Shetland Islands, and that is one of the nicest parts of the story. Jimmy Perez is the lead detective, but aided by His constable Sandy, who has been the one to find the dead body of his grandmother. I liked the weaving in and out of the family story. And to some degree, the mystery of what has occurred over the years in the family is as interesting as discovering who the current murderer is. This book has a lot of atmosphere. I love hearing the story of how the islanders live, in such a remote place. The narration is quite good. However, even though Ann Cleeves' style is generally to move slowly and methodically, and develop the ambience as much as the characters in her works, this one seemed just a tiny bit stretched out. I rarely want a Cleeves book to end, but was ready to finish this one. I recommend, but there is a difference between a long, developed story and a page turner. I don't expect page turners from Cleeves (indeed I like that about her work) but this moved a little too slowly I thought. Love her background and character development, but this was a bit too much drawn out. Still a very good book.
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- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."


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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- Linda "snowbyrd13"

Book Details

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