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Telling Tales
Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
Telling Tales is the second book in Ann Cleeves Vera Stanhope series which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, VERA. Ten years after Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel, disturbing new evidence proving her innocence emerges in the East Yorkshire village of Elvet. Abigails killer is still at large. For Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend and of the fearful winters day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh inquiries, and the villagers are hauled back to a time they would rather forget. Tensions begin to mount, but are people afraid of the killer, or of their own guilty pasts? Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices and The Glass Room. Ann Cleeves Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.
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Lynnsoprano
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I am so hooked on Ann Cleeves‘ books. This is an interesting mystery that was really hard to put down. I did not figure out the killer. I had it all wrong. And that‘s the genius of the author. Definitely recommend. As good as the Vera tv shows are, the book are even better.

TrishB I‘ve not watched the series but am making my way through the books. Vera is great! 1mo
EvieBee I agree. I love my Vera books! (edited) 1mo
kspenmoll In total agreement with you! I am part way through the Vera series. 1mo
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DGRachel @TrishB I love the TV series. It‘s actually why I started reading the books! 1mo
CarolynM I'm just getting started with Ann Cleeves and I am already hooked! Looking forward to getting to know Vera. 1mo
TrishB @DGRachel I just don‘t watch a lot of telly so haven‘t got to it really! 1mo
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Lynnsoprano
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With the first front of the year having come through last night, I‘ve brought my book outside for the first time since May. With the breeze and lower humidity, it‘s perfect reading weather.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My house is 60 degrees!! 🥶 2mo
EvieBee Same here! It‘s wonderful and no pesky flies, either. 2mo
Lynnsoprano @EvieBee I know, I‘m loving it! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sorry! I just get so excited when I can be out on the patio for more than 5 minutes and not be drenched in sweat. 2mo
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Lynnsoprano
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I realized that I hadn‘t posted the book I picked up after bailing on my previous read. This is the second Vera mystery that I‘ve read, and I find it interesting how much of the story so far has focused on other characters and how little on Vera. Of course, I‘m hearing her dialogue in Brenda Blethyn‘s voice 😂

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Jen2
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I just adore Vera!!!

Blueberry I enjoy the show so was thinking if I should try the books. 8mo
CaramelLunacy Lovely, cheerful flowers 8mo
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MamaGina
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My reading of the Vera series continues with this, the second of the series and, wow, it was excellent. A great deal of the book was told from the vantage of characters other than Vera, but seeing her through the eyes of others was revealing and compelling. Truth is, as a 50-something woman myself I identify with Vera, especially with the tendency of others in her orbit to underestimate her. I hope I‘m always underestimated too. Lol ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TrishB
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Second in series, I read the first forever a go and just hadn‘t gone back. Glad I did though, think I‘m going to enjoy Vera!

squirrelbrain Another series to work your way through! 1y
Lillie Am reading through this series as well! Just picked up Harbour Street. 1y
MsMelissa Apparently I‘ve read this one, but I just read the summary and I can‘t remember a thing! 1y
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MicheleinPhilly The television series is one of our favorites! 1y
LeahBergen These sound good. I‘ve been thinking of watching the series, @MicheleinPhilly . 1y
jmtrivera I'm reading the first right now and I haven't been able to make up my mind, so now I feel encouraged to keep going! 1y
TrishB @Lillie I think I brought them all on a kindle offer! 1y
TrishB @Book_Fiend_Melissa lol! That happens to me regularly! 1y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen I‘ve seen snippets of the series but not watched properly at all! 1y
TrishB @jmtrivera I left them for ages after the first one but really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 1y
Cathythoughts Oh good 👏🏻 looking forward to getting there sometime 🤞🏻 1y
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen You should! Brenda Blethyn is fantastic as Vera. 1y
TrishB @Cathythoughts and so say all of us 😁 1y
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CaitlinR
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One of our local PBS stations is showing Vera on Thursday night. I realized that I had never read any of the Stanhope mysteries. Started with this, the first, and thoroughly enjoyed the story.

Tamra I enjoyed the show, I didn‘t realize it was a book series! 2y
CaitlinR @Tamra The books really give you an understanding of Vera and what drives her. Good reads 2y
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DGRachel
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After spending 4-5 hours redoing my bookcases last weekend, I had a few books to take to the used bookstore for credit. Naturally, I used all of my credit in one trip, even though I have NO space on my shelves for new books. #bookhaul #sorrynotsorry #noselfcontrol #ilovevera

ValerieAndBooks That Vidocq book looks interesting! 2y
Tove_Reads Ann Cleeves and Peter May 👍🏽 Would have been against the law to leave them there! 2y
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Tove_Reads
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I know I can get some sympathy from you guys. I want to, no need to, read all these books right now! Why am I not five people, so I could do it right now? Oh, the tragedies of being a reader 😂🤪

Andrew65 I‘m still behind with After the Fire but finally got it from the library. 2y
Tove_Reads @andrew65 It‘s another good one! Good that they found the book! 2y
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rabbitprincess
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An easy four stars. Felt faster than the first book, possibly because Vera is an established character. Loved that James was a harbour pilot -- yay boats!

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Amie
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Calories don't count at the holidays, right? Enjoying this book with hot chocolate and enjoying a week off work 😊

Karkar That hot chocolate looks awesome 3y
Reviewsbylola Jealous, it looks yummy! 3y
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kspenmoll
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#respite #coffeeandbooks
A quick read before I go out... hot but I have a fan going on the porch. Finishing a book I began in July before I tackle August TBR and #MakeMeReadIt

tammysue Love your reading spot! ☺️ 3y
RebelReader Your porch is so cute! 😍 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I always recognize your “spot” before I see your name!! Love it! So beautiful ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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EvieBee
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So good! Honestly, I was guessing until the last five pages. That is excellent writing. Can‘t wait to read the next book in the series. 🛥🛥🛥🛥

#dottie #dogsoflitsy #readingmyshelves

Mommamanzi Cutest picture ever! 4y
valeriegeary Look at those paws! 😍 4y
Lcsmcat 🐶 4y
EvieBee @Mommamanzi @valeriegeary @Lcsmcat Thank you! She‘s my book muse. Always willing to pose for pictures with books, lol! 🤗♥️ 4y
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EvieBee
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At Bertram‘s Hotel for the win?!

Every book I‘ve read lately references The Dame. I‘ll have to pick up something of hers next.

batsy Nice! 😁 4y
EvieBee @batsy Thank you! 🤓🤗 4y
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EvieBee
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Just chilling‘ with my villains this frosty morning/afternoon. Really starting to make some headway in this novel.

#dogsoflitsy #dottie #henry

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EvieBee
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Just started the second book in the Vera Stanhope series. I get so happy when Vera makes her appearances...always loud and in Birkenstocks.

#CurrentlyReading #dottie

Mitch Season 8 has just started on UK TV. It‘s fun to watch 4y
EvieBee @Mitch That‘s awesome! I‘ve only watched the first two seasons, but am all caught up on Shetland. (edited) 4y
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