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The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

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Vera herself - a chunky woman with a hearty appetite who's totally unconcerned about fashion - is my favorite character. She’s put down the whole way through the book, with occasional mentions about how smart she is to, from what I gather, try and detract from the negative way she is described the rest of the time. And, as is usual in these books, the conclusion of the case brings its own poignancy and heartache to the investigative team. she’s so unconventional, and unaffected by what others may think of her, but she’s an excellent detective, she’s demanding when it comes to her murder squad team, but they are only too eager give her their best efforts, and please her. The obvious suspects are the reunion participants followed by Rick's supervisors, co-workers, acquaintances, and so on.

I would have abandoned this book the minute the "false sexual assault allegation" came up, but I wanted to know if I was right about the murderer (I wasn't). In addition to questioning the four who last saw Rick and were also witnesses to events prior to Isobel's death, other vital connections may play a role in the murder and its solution. Every five years, these former school mates meet for a reunion on Holy Island, a small piece of land that becomes a literal island at high tide. A pinwheeling third-person narrative drives the pace, while Vera's candor tempers the plot's darker elements.Holy Island is the setting in The Rising Tide, where a group of now middle aged people who were students together many years before, meet up on the Island every five years for a reunion.

So it’s a nice, complex murder mystery, but it is Vera that draws the reader in, Vera who holds the reader’s attention. The dynamics between Joe and Holly are interesting as Joe is clearly Vera’s favourite and Holly longs to be noticed more by the boss. But although Vera is front and centre in the investigation, two members of her team also get a chance to shine in this one—Joe, Vera’s favourite, and Holly, who wants to move up in the ranks. Die Vielzahl an Nebenschauplätzen verleiht der Geschichte zusätzlichen Charme und hält den Leser in Atem.Ann Cleeves takes you craggy windswept shores to unravel old secrets among old friends and to give us a story with people you like, food you can taste, weather you can feel through your pajamas and a really good story that you have not heard before!

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