Cold Earth – Ann Cleeves (Shetland #7)


Cold Earth was published by Macmillan on 6 October 2016 and is available to purchase here

Cold Earth is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series – a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall.

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea.

At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity.

Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died.

Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air.

My review of Thin Air – Shetland #6

My thoughts

Just when I was wondering when we would ever get a new instalment of the Shetland series, up popped Cold Earth on my horizon. Cold Earth is the seventh in the successful series, following DI Jimmy Perez up in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. Like all the other Shetland lovers out there, I got myself immersed in Cold Earth as soon as I could.

A landslide on Shetland leads to a body being discovered in a house. The woman has been strangled. Jimmy Perez and his team are soon looking for a killer. Who killed the mysterious dark haired woman and why?

Ann Cleeves’ winning formula of the hard working and caring Shetland police officer, working in the remote islands in Scotland continues. We have Jimmy Perez, a man grieving for the loss of his beloved girlfriend, Fran. It is great to see him showing more signs of moving on with Willow. Will they ever get to the snogging stage? I really don’t know. I do think Cleeves captures Perez’s grief beautifully and in a very realistic way. I can completely empathize with him. He is a special character.

I much prefer the books to the television series; although the BBC Shetland series is very well done. Anyone who hasn’t encountered either, I suggest you start at the beginning and get to know Jimmy Perez in the haunting beautiful landscape that Ann Cleeves paints.

Excellent, as ever. May Jimmy Perez be back very soon. I miss him already!

About Northern Crime

Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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