New York Times best-selling author Ann Cleeves returns with The Heron’s Cry, the extraordinary follow-up to The Long Call, soon to be a major TV series, alongside her two hit TV shows Shetland and Vera.
“In Matthew Venn, Ann has created a complex, daring, subtle character.” (Louise Penny)
“A complex mystery full of surprises…this character-driven exploration of people’s darkest flaws is a sterling example of Cleeves’ formidable talents.” (Kirkus Reviews)
North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder – Dr. Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter’s broken vases.
Dr. Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He’s a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved, though, to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.
Then another body is found – killed in a similar way. Matthew soon finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home.
DI Matthew Venn returns in The Heron’s Cry, in Ann Cleeves’ powerful next novel, proving once again that she is a master of her craft.
A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books
There has been a murder in an artist colony. A prominent physician has been stabbed with a piece his own daughter’s vase. Enter Detective Matthew Venn. He has been sent to unravel all of the misconceptions and delusions.
I had a bit of trouble with this story. And for the life of me, I don’t know exactly why I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. The narrator did a great job. The story was just slow. Nothing really grabbed me. I did enjoy the setting! I could just picture some of the landscaping!
Plus, this story is full of lies and deceptions! That did keep me guessing and intrigued. And Matthew is a character I would like to see brought to life on the screen. I am definitely looking up this author’s tv shows.
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.