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Silent Voices
Silent Voices: A Vera Stanhope Mystery | Ann Cleeves
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Ann Cleeves has thrilled readers everywhere with her critically acclaimed mystery series set in the Shetland Islands, which began with the award-winning Raven Black. Now, Cleeves is back with another compelling mystery series (set in Northumberland, England). This one features detective Vera Stanhope, the lead character played by Brenda Blethyn on the hit television series "Vera." Destined for the same kind of fame achieved by Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse, the show is a favorite of millions of viewers in the U.K. and is available here on Netflix, PBS, and Amazon. When Vera finds the body of a woman in the sauna of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death of natural causes. But when a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, Vera's team start their investigation. Vera and her colleagues soon uncover details in the victim's past that may explain her untimely death. But Vera knows from experience that there's no such thing as a simple case, and this one gets more baffling by the minute. With pitch-perfect writing, a finely tuned mystery, and a protagonist with a complex past of her own, Silent Voices is a stand out penned by one of Britain's most successful mystery writers.
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rwmg
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Vera finds a body in the steam room of the gym where she goes swimming. The deceased was a social worker. Was her death related to the recent murder of a child by his mother, whose fitness as a parent had been questioned but who had retained custody?

I felt I should have worked out who the murderer was even without the information revealed near the end. And there were parts where I wanted the pace to pick up a bit, but still enjoyable.

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Goleemn
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I rated this book a pick because I love how Cleeves portrays the protagonist, Vera Stanhope. At times a little hard to follow, but a good read if you like Brit mysteries. I love the TV show based on the books, “Vera.” I think the rhythm of the words and phrasing is my favorite part. Nice, summer read!

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Jas16
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When Vera heads into the gym steam room after a swim she discovers the body of a dead woman. My favorite book in the series so far despite being the only time I guessed the killer from the beginning. I always guess but I am usually wrong…

Tamra Funny how murder seems to follow these types of characters around! 🥺 (edited) 9mo
Jas16 @Tamra Isn‘t it though?! I would be nervous to find us both on the same guest list. 9mo
Tamra @Jas16 hahaha, yes! 9mo
Blueberry @Jas16 😆 9mo
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StellaB
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The tagged book was another great Vera story. Only 3 left that I haven‘t read 😱

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TrishB
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Another great twisty murder tale 👍🏻 I do love Vera too and I never guess these.
#seriesread2021

TheSpineView Way to go! 👍📖🌞 2y
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TrishB
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#weeklyforecast
No reading time yesterday (sisters 60th birthday so had a get together in her garden, still makes me a bit anxious, only 10 of us, all vaccinated and all did tests that morning 🤷‍♀️).
So Silent Voices today and then Will is next, no further plans yet.

Megabooks Happy birthday to your sister!! It sounds like you were very cautious. 👍🏻🥳 2y
Cinfhen I‘m glad you were able to celebrate with your sister in a cautious but fun manner ♥️🙌🏻🎉 2y
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday to your sister.. I‘m the same ,erring on the side of caution 👍🏻 2y
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TrishB @Megabooks @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts in absence of any govt sensible guidance you have to try and do whatever makes you comfortable! 2y
Freespirit It must be nice to get together after all the restrictions Trish. Sounds like you took all the right precautions👍🏼 2y
TrishB @Freespirit it was lovely ♥️ 2y
Caroline2 I‘m finding it so hard to get back out there and socialise after all this time indoors. Part of me wants to get out there more… another part of me wants to stay hidden away!!! 🤦‍♀️😬 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 I would find it very difficult to mingle with people I wasn‘t sure about!! It is a difficult balance. ♥️ 2y
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MamaGina
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Another day, another Vera! This time I watched the corresponding episode of the BBC television series and that was enjoyable too, actually maybe even better than the book this time. That said, I encourage you to read this series, Pet. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookishMarginalia
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This has been a good day.

MicheleinPhilly I just got so excited because I thought there was a new season. Damn you, Gloria! 😂 2y
rachelm 💙 (edited) 2y
Suet624 Yes it has been. 2y
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BookishMarginalia @MicheleinPhilly 🤷🏻‍♀️😎💜 2y
Hooked_on_books Yes, yes it has. 2y
SeaToSkyes Vera! 💕 2y
Megabooks 🙌🏻🥳 absolutely! 2y
dragondrool I finally got around to trying Vera. Love it! 2y
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MissHel
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Vera is such a damn curmudgeon, but I adore her. This was the kind of whodunnit that strings you along gently with a clue here and there. Really though, I cared more about Vera and her Sergent.

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MissHel
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Hoo boy I love Vera, but I might be too fragile to read this now. I‘m only a couple chapters in any my reading partner and I are on pins and needles!

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Tove_Reads
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Day 18 #Top20series #20books20days Yes, I prefer Vera to Jimmy, although I prefer Shetland to Northumberland. Go figure.

Andrew65 A great series, although prefer the Shetland books. 2y
rabbitprincess I prefer Vera as well, although I do want to read the rest of the Shetland books too. Have you read The Long Call (Matthew Venn) yet? 2y
Tove_Reads @rabbitprincess Yes I have, immediately when it came out. Interesting character, but then again, all her protagonists are. 2y
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kspenmoll
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#saturday #coffeeandbooks
Continuing this mystery. It‘s cold out there, so snuggling & reading with hubby.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Hi Katherine! I just wanted to let you know you have two packages coming your way for our Litsylove winterswap! One from me, another from Amazon. The one from Amazon is fragile :) 3y
kspenmoll @Jee_HookedOnBookz Will keep watch!!! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @kspenmoll oki doki! It's just a small package though...Teeny compared to yours 😔 3y
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kspenmoll
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#fridaynight #football #soccer #USAvCanada #Mens #familynight
Book, wine, soccer & pasta coming up. Blissful Friday night.

mcctrish We are watching too 3y
kspenmoll @mcctrish 👍🏻⚽️ 3y
BarbaraBB Watching soccer with a book is such a good combination ❤️ 3y
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rabbitprincess
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Another solid book in the Vera series. And as a newish supervisor, I can relate to her reluctance to delegate to others 😂😬

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Andrew65
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Three good books that carry the word #silent
Silent Prey by John Sandford
Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves
The Silent Sea by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul

#readingresolutions

MelAnn I loved the Prey series by John Sanford!!! 5y
Andrew65 @MelAnn I love the series, but only got to the end of book 5 so far as difficult locally to get hold of the early books in the series. But have finally tracked down book 6. (edited) 5y
MelAnn If I still had mine I would send them to you! 5y
Andrew65 @MelAnn Bless, I usually manage to get hold of them eventually. 😊 (edited) 5y
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pimky
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I like the Vera Stanhope character because Ann Cleeves succeeds in making this fat, old, grumpy detective so human.
And for me, the plot of 'Silent Voices' is the best in this series so far.

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Katiesbookishlife
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Another Vera book finished. Good quick and entertaining read. Might have to put this series on hold while I try and whittle away at my neglected #tbrbingo

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annzah
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I just love love love Vera Stanhope!