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Blue Lightning
Blue Lightning: A Thriller | Ann Cleeves
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Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fianc home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity, who had an eye for the lads, is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed. With a sensational ending destined to create much buzz in the mystery world, Blue Lightning will thrill suspense fans everywhere. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.
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TheAromaofBooks
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Oh my goodness, I am SO overwhelmed and touched by all the lovely birthday wishes and by everyone who took the time not just to read yesterday, but to think of me while you did! ❤️ Thank you to all of you for making my birthday so special!!! Yesterday was a really long work day for me but I honestly love my job and the weather was beautiful, so even though I didn't get a lot of reading in, I still had a lovely day. PLUS my husband got off early⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) enough to take me to supper!!!

This photo is actually from my picnic-lunch-in-the-back-of-my-delivery-truck last Friday because I forgot to take a picture yesterday, but it was a very similar meal 😂

Once again, thank you to everyone for reading along & for wishing me a happy birthday even if you didn't have time to read. Hopefully I don't miss any of you with this tag list!!!

#BirthdayBash
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Texreader I‘m glad it was such a great day! I hope you got my card in time! 1mo
Allylu This #BirthdayBash was a great idea. I hope I remember it next March for my birthday. 😊 1mo
TheSpineView Sends you wishes for a fabulous year. Hope you brings you joy!💞 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad your birthday was great, even if you had to work. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! I did some reading at work in your honor shhhhh 🤣🤫 1mo
Amiable It made me happy to see how many people were reading for you, too! I‘m always amazed at how warm and welcoming this community is. (edited) 1mo
BiblioLitten It was great reading for you and I‘m glad you had a lovely day💕 1mo
jb72 Happy Birthday 🎉🎈 1mo
ElizaMarie Happy belated birthday (my fellow Libra). I am so sorry I have missed it. Super overwhelmed (still) but... I am glad you were able to read and enjoy your day. Also that pizza looks so so good! 1mo
MartinaLove Happy birthday!! 🎂🎁 Have a lovely day!! 1mo
Jari-chan Very happy birthday to you!!! 1mo
BookBosomed1 Wahoooo! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Allylu - You totally should do this for your birthday next year, too!! We need to find a Litten to host a #BirthdayBash every day of the year - a neverending readathon!! 😂 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Texreader - I did, thank you!!! Did you make that card yourself?? I love gingham!! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @ElizaMarie - Happy birthday to you, too!! I totally missed your birthday... and basically everyone's because I'm sometimes very bad at being a part of this penpal group 😂 Hopefully your life starts to calm down someday!!! And the pizza is from our favorite local joint... it's dangerously delicious! 😆 1mo
Crazeedi Your #birthdaybash was such a great idea, so glad you had a good day Sarah! We love you!!💞🎉 1mo
ElizaMarie @TheAromaofBooks It looks so so good. Also yeah, I am super behind on all pen pal things. I am barely able to focus on people that I see IRL with every week! it's crazy how busy I have been lately!

WE will catch up eventually!
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Allylu @TheAromaofBooks That sounds awesome! 🧁🧁 1mo
TheAromaofBooks @Allylu - Oh!!! I keep forgetting to tell you that the LMPBC book arrived earlier this week!!! Thank you for sending it along!! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Pickpick

I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first three, mainly because I didn't understand a plot decision/death Cleeves made. I didn't feel like it fit with the rest of the story and rather annoyed me. I'll put more in a spoiler comment. But overall another good entry for this series. I don't know why, but these books take me forever to read even though I enjoy them, so I am going to take a break from them & read an Agatha Christie!!

TheAromaofBooks I felt like having Fran get murdered at the very end was just a gratuitous way of developing Jimmy's character. There was no (explained) motivation for the murderer to kill her, no explanation as to why they were even together when she was killed - it felt like a very shoe-horned device to me just because Cleeves needed Jimmy to “toughen up“/she didn't really want them to be together. I wasn't a fan. 2mo
TheSpineView Way to go!🤩📖 2mo
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Andrew65 This one was a real shock and seemed a strange decision for the series. Left me reeling. Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
LauraBrook That death is a real shocker - I had to read the next one right away to find out what happened. I‘ve been about 1/3rd of the way into the 6th book for a few months now. Maybe I‘ll pick it back up this afternoon. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 @LauraBrook - It just felt kind of contrived instead of a natural part of the story - more shock value than anything. I'm still intrigued to finish the series, though, and also to see if Jimmy does raise Fran's daughter like she asked him to. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks I agree it just didn‘t fit. 2mo
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Lynnsoprano
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I‘m not rushing through this series because it‘s so good, I want it to last. This is a book that‘s hard to put down, even though I read a review that had a spoiler for a major plot twist. Great mystery, characters, setting, this has it all. But please, folks, hide your spoilers!

Jas16 Great review and totally agree! 3mo
Lynnsoprano @Jas16 Thanks 😊 3mo
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Jas16
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Pickpick

I was in the mood for a mystery and had put this one off because I accidentally learned the plot twist when reading a review but knowing part of what was to come didn‘t ruin my enjoyment of the book at all. I just wish I already had the next in the series ready to start right away.

BiblioLitten Is this the first in the series? 3mo
Lynnsoprano I agree completely. We probably read the same review, but it didn‘t make the story any less interesting or exciting. 3mo
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Jaimelire
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Pickpick

I read this one a while back and forgot to review it. I am loving Ann Cleeves and am definitely getting addicted to Mr. Perez😍

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rabbitprincess
Pickpick

This certainly does have a sensational ending; I didn‘t see it coming. Couldn‘t put this down! And I immediately requested the next book in the series.

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Susanita
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Oof. Two of the murders in this book upset me. I‘m not altogether disappointed that I have to wait a few days for the next one, so I can get over what happened.

Thankfully, the audiobook had fewer abrupt cuts than the last one. She used the “X heard someone screaming” cliche again, although in this case it‘s understandable. And also... BIRDS. Lots of birds.

Ruthiella I think I often pick up on repeat wording in audio that I‘d gloss over in print. 🤔 (edited) 1y
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EadieB
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Day 24 - #BrokenHeart #FebruaryFeels
#BlueLightening #AnnCleeves

In this episode of the Shetland Mystery series, Jimmy Perez ends up with a broken heart when his fiancé, Fran, is killed while visiting Jimmy‘s parents home on Fair Isle.

Eggs I 💗❤️💗 the Shetland stories, Jimmy Perez and especially Tosh! 2y
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Christinak
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There was the same engine noise and smell of diesel and she had a #new perspective on the landscape around her. There was a joyous sense too that she was playing truant. She was such a kid. #QuotsyJan20

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TrishB
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Finished last night- good murder mystery at the centre of the story - didn‘t see the twist coming in the personal story though 😱😱 wow - makes the next one interesting.

Cathythoughts Great review! Ohhhh 😍 your making me want to return to this series .... I‘m on 2 or 3 .... must check 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts so many series! Hard to keep track where you‘re up to in all of them! 2y
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TrishB
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Quick lunchtime read. Don‘t seem to have had a minute last couple of days!

erzascarletbookgasm Hope you get some reading done! I haven‘t sat down with a book since I posted my weekly forecast! My reading this week is 👎 2y
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm pretty much ready for bed the minute I get in! 2y
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TrishB
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#bookhaul charity shop 😁
Cathy reminded me about this series! I‘ve read 1-2 and got number three on my kindle, made up to find these today!

squirrelbrain Great haul! I‘m resisting the call of my local charity shop today.... so far anyway! 😁 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 great! 2y
Cathythoughts That‘s brilliant!! I‘m on the 2d one right now & got the 3d on my kindle ( to feel secure that it‘s there when I‘m ready 🙄) this is a great haul Trish 👍🏻... such comforting reads. I‘m set up for the afternoon here , reading away ... I must look up your new ones. I think there are 8 in the series..... 👍🏻♥️ 2y
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TrishB @Cathythoughts decided to start number three 👍🏻 definitely a comfort read. 2y
Cathythoughts Definitely 👍🏻♥️ 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain @erzascarletbookgasm love it when you get them from charity shops 👍🏻 2y
ShelleyBooksie My fav show!! 2y
TrishB @ShelleyBooksie I‘ve never watched the show! I‘m not very good at telly! 2y
ShelleyBooksie @TrishB - I do not watch much telly either as my nose is usually buried in a book but I make an exception for this show. The Shetland Islands are so beautiful - the scenery is amazing and I really like the actors. 2y
Millesent @ShelleyBooksie. Thank you for mentioning that Ann Cleeves is the one who writes Shetland. I am in the USA and I really enjoy watching the series on PBS. 2y
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Andrew65
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Some of my favourite books that were impossible to #Forget because of key events (and shocks) that happened in them. #SpringIntoReading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices!!! ❤️ 3y
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Andrew65
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There was a shocking #unwanted plot twist in this book, that has a pronounced effect on Jimmy Perez and the other books in the series. A wonderful series. #ANewChapter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds intriguing!! 3y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks A great series if you haven‘t read them. 3y
emmaturi Love this series, just got the very last one to read! 3y
Andrew65 @emmaturi I still need to read the last, almost don‘t want to as them it will all be over! 😂 3y
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Andrew65
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The events at the end of this book totally blew my mind! #🤯 Never saw these events coming, total shock! Things will never be the same again.
#ReadingResolutions

If you have not read the Shetlands Series books you really need to. The eighth and last book has just been published!

booksandsympathy I just finished the first book and about to start the second. 3y
EadieB @Andrew65 Great series! 3y
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Andrew65 @booksandsympathy Enjoy, I think they only get better after the first one. 😊👍 3y
Andrew65 @EadieB The best! 3y
TrishB Only first one so far. 3y
Andrew65 @TrishB I felt that was the weakest one in the series. 3y
TrishB Good to hear as I was a bit- it‘s ok but....I have a couple of others on my kindle for future reads! 3y
Andrew65 @TrishB I hope you enjoy the others when you get to them. 3y
Colleenma I have read every one of these and totally loved them. The show is just as good. Called Shetland 3y
Andrew65 @Colleenma Love Dougie Henshall! 😍 3y
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Andrew65
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#Blue #readingresolutions Some of my favourite blue books, why do mystery, crime and thriller books lend themselves so well to blue books! The tagged book has one of the biggest shocks I have known in a book.

Andrea4 Is it the coldness/iciness of blue? 4y
Andrew65 @Andrea4 That‘s a good thought. 4y
Andrew65 Hope you enjoy it when you get to it @Tove_Reads 4y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Don't mind me I'm just blubbering over fictional characters. 😭#shetland

MamaGina I understand...read this last year and blubbered too😩 4y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Guilty pleasure of crawling back into bed. Early morning workout class I attend was cancelled. Time for another cup of Scottish Breakfast Tea and a few chapters. I'll spend extra time on the treadmill later. 🤓

BeckaroniAndCheese Sounds wonderful! I love my English breakfast tea. What is Scottish breakfast tea? 4y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @BeckaroniAndCheese Scottish is stronger, heartier. If you are an Outlander fan it's Jamie compared to Frank. 😉 4y
BeckaroniAndCheese @missnavigation Excellent analogy! I'll be on the hunt for this on my next grocery run 😆 4y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @BeckaroniAndCheese I like Both Brodies and Taylors. Taylors I sometimes find in Grocery store. Brodies is available on Amazon and it's containers have works of art on them 4y
BeckaroniAndCheese @missnavigation Noted! Searching the interwebs now 😋 4y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Perez and Fran go to Fair Isle! 👫 #shetland

rockpools You 'persuaded' me to reserve book 2. Now I'm feeling impatient! 4y
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Katiesbookishlife
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Started off a bit slow but the ending certainly made up for that. If anyone is planning on watching the tv series of Shetland, I would strongly suggest reading the books first as the tv series is structured differently and gives away some massive spoilers.

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Colleenma
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Pickpick

I love these books. I have read three this is my fourth. Started with the bbc series on Netflix.

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Andrew65
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This is my favourite book by Ann Cleeves, in the excellent Shetland series. This book has a totally shocking end that I didn't see coming. #colorinthetitle
The first quartet in this series all have colour in the title:
Raven Black
White Nights
Red Bones
Blue Lightning
I heartily recommend this series.

Emiller I loved the tv series! Now I must read the books 😊 4y
Andrew65 @Emiller Definitely, I like Dougie Henshall as an actor. They are cracking reads. Quite an atmospheric start with the first one. Originally she only planned to write one quartet but then decided to write a second quartet, still waiting for the last one to be published in this quartet. 4y
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#RockInMay #day6 #SmallTown You can't get much smaller than Fair Isle, one of the smallest islands in the Scottish Shetlands, which is where this novel is set. DI Jimmy Perez is originally from Fair Isle, known for its knitting & its birds. Only 768 hectares all up, Perez takes his fiancée Fran back home to meet his parents, but when a murder happens in the bird observatory, Perez is forced to take over the case. But tragedy is in store for him.

Cinfhen I've had enough of birds at the moment 😜😂Freaked me out 5y
Lizpixie @Cinfhen that book freaked me out too😳 5y
BarbaraJean I've been wanting to read this series--I'm in the middle of watching Shetland on Netflix. It's based on these books (a bit loosely, from what I gather!) 5y
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Lizpixie
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#marchintoreading #day7 #lighthouses Another recent story involving a lighthouse is this one by Ann Cleeves. Set on the tiny island of Fair Isle, part of it takes place in the lighthouse on the north end of this small piece of Scotland. There's a picture of it on the cover, but it's on my ereader which only does B&W so here's a beautiful picture I took of Macquarie Lighthouse in Watsons Bay on ANZAC day last year. It was a perfect autumn day.🌞

Cinfhen That sky is soooo blue 💙😇💙 5y
Lizpixie @Cinfhen totally unedited, that's exactly what it looked like that day. It was a perfect April morning☀️ 5y
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Lizpixie
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Bk4 in the Shetland series is fantastic. Set in Fair Isle, the most remote island in Britain, full of original islanders and the birdwatchers from the most respected bird observatory in the British Isles. Island life is fascinating enough, throw in a killer & Jimmy Perez, visiting his parents with his new fiancée, has his hands full. Difficult with one body, then another woman is found murdered. On a tiny island how can a killer hide? Sad ending?

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Lizpixie
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Started Bk4 in the Shetland series, this one is set on Fair Isle, the most remote inhabited island in Britain. Seemed appropriate to put the headphones in and listen to some fiddle music.🎶🎶🎻🥁🎶🎶

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jhm
Mehso-so

I got this book because I enjoy the "Shetland" TV series. The book was a lot less of a procedural, and other than the physical setting and descriptions of that part of the world, it was fairly weak tea. On the plus side, I could easily understand what the characters were saying.