In this second audiobook of the Shetland Quartet to feature Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he's found dead, wearing a clown's mask. Set in mid-summer, the audiobook captures the unsettling nature of a landscape where the sun never quite sets and where people are not as they first seem.
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Totally input-down-able! More please!
I was first introduced to Anne Cleeves' Shetland series via the BBC's televised series, which I loved. The books are much much better and beautifully read by Gordon Griffin, whose accent is spot-on but remains perfectly accessible to non-Scots. The mystery remained whole until the last fifteen minutes and I would have never guessed the identity of the culprit. But added to the suspense, there is the unfolding of Jimmy Perez, the main detective's, new romance with Fran, as well as the wonderful sense of place and an introduction to the Shetland Island's customs. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook.
- Amazon Customer "parissa_nahani"
First, I would not have so much introspection on the part of the lead detective, going on and on about "does she like me or doesn't she" etc. and it took up way too much time and made the overall story very slow. Next, I would not have the point of view shift between so many characters. This made it hard to figure out whose voice we were hearing. Also, the two main leads had such similar accents that it was very hard to tell who was speaking. The reader did a good job with the females, though.
- Katie N. Harper "hermione"