Wild Fire

Wild Fire

Book - 2018
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"Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote. Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire. With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case. Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come?"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: London, England : Macmillan, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781447278245
Branch Call Number: CLEEVES
Characteristics: 398 pages : map ; 24 cm


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May 13, 2019

So sad that this is the last Jimmy Perez novel. I have so enjoyed reading these well-written, interesting mysteries set in Shetland. Wild Fire wrapped up loose ends and gave indications for a bright future. Maybe Ann Cleeves can be persuaded to bring Jimmy back to us.

Apr 16, 2019

A satisfactory end to the series. I'll miss Jimmy Perez and the other Shetland characters.

Feb 03, 2019

Another good detective novel from Cleve’s and the last in the Jimmy Perez series.

Nov 24, 2018

Cleeves says in her Acknowledgement page that this will be her last novel with Perez as the main character. Too bad as I enjoyed these stories. I do like her writing style. She gets the story started immediately with a murder that needs to be solved. When the detectives get called in, it is then that the relationships between the families, the small community, and between the detectives themselves gets described. Many characters in the community have grudges so they end up as suspects and as good red herrings for the real killers which Cleeves reveals only during the last few pages. She moves the action right along so that I just wanted to sit and read the book from cover to cover in one sitting. Her description of the island with its fog, bluffs, screeching gannets, sand dunes, and the sound of the waves - never over lengthy - just added to my reading pleasure.

Having spent time in Shetlands I do enjoy the description of life on these islands. The references to the mud slide issues, the decrease in oil money, and the xenophobic life in hamlets. The plot is interesting but Cleeves is not an exceptional writer. The Perez character is just too hackneyed for my taste. Still a good quick diversionary read.

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