Ann Cleeves

About Ann

Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV’s VERA and BBC One’s SHETLAND. She has written over twenty-five novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Ann lives in North Tyneside.

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Cold Earth Cold Earth

Books by Ann Cleeves

Cold Earth
Cold Earth
Too Good To Be True
Too Good To Be True
The Crow Trap
The Crow Trap
Telling Tales
Telling Tales
Hidden Depths
Hidden Depths
Silent Voices
Silent Voices
Shetland
Shetland
The Moth Catcher
The Moth Catcher
Raven Black
Raven Black
White Nights
White Nights
Red Bones
Red Bones
Blue Lightning
Blue Lightning
Offshore
Offshore
Thin Air
Thin Air
Harbour Street
Harbour Street
The Sleeping and the Dead
The Sleeping and the Dead
Burial of Ghosts
Burial of Ghosts
A Bird in the Hand
A Bird in the Hand
Come Death and High Water
Come Death and High Water
Murder in Paradise
Murder in Paradise
A Prey to Murder
A Prey to Murder
A Lesson in Dying
A Lesson in Dying
Murder in My Backyard
Murder in My Backyard
Killjoy
Killjoy
The Mill on the Shore
The Mill on the Shore
Sea Fever
Sea Fever
Another Man's Poison
Another Man's Poison
The Baby-Snatcher
The Baby-Snatcher
The Healers
The Healers
High Island Blues
High Island Blues
A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy
A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy
Dead Water
Dead Water
The Glass Room
The Glass Room

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Crime books to match your favourite TV shows

Crime books to match your favourite TV shows

Crazy about House of Cards? Nuts about The Night Manager? Bonkers for Peaky Blinders? Whatever series you're watching, we’ve got the perfect thriller to read alongside it. 

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The very best in cosy crime

The very best in cosy crime

Prefer a clever whodunit to a shocking thriller? Here’s our pick of the best crime novels that offer a compelling mystery without all the gory details.

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Short Stories - Hector's Other Woman

Short Stories - Hector's Other Woman

On impulse Vera took herself off to Holy Island. She had a sudden craving for crab sandwiches and a blast of sea air. Of course she hadn’t stopped to check tide times, but arrived at Beal just in time. Hector’s Land Rover made it across the causeway as the water was blowing in and the...

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Shetland returns for third season

Shetland returns for third season

The new series of Shetland, based on Ann Cleeves' award-winning Shetland novels, starts Friday 15 January 2015 on BBC1. Watch the trailer now.

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Win tickets to meet Ann Cleeves & the stars of ITV's Vera

Win tickets to meet Ann Cleeves & the stars of ITV's Vera

Win the chance to attend an exclusive screening of ITV's adaptation of Ann Cleeves' latest novel, The Moth Catcher and meet the cast and crew of ITV's Vera as well as bestselling author, Ann Cleeves. 

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Writers on the Importance of Libraries

Writers on the Importance of Libraries

This Saturday is National Libraries Day, an annual celebration that aims to highlight the importance of libraries. To inspire you to visit your local library this weekend, we’ve collected quotes from some of our favourite writers on why they deserve your support. 

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Ann Cleeves on Shetland Noir

Ann Cleeves on Shetland Noir

Ann Cleeves is the author behind BBC One’s Shetland and ITV’s Vera. As the curator of crime festival Shetland Noir, taking place on 13 – 15 November, Ann tells us what she's looking forward to. 

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Great female detectives

Great female detectives

We’ve selected a few of our favourite ladies of the law from print and on television.

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Why we love Vera Stanhope

Why we love Vera Stanhope

We love ITV's Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn as Vera Stanhope. Here's just a few of our favourite things about Ann Cleeves’ unconventional detective.

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Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope Series

Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope Series

Love Vera? Why not try the books that inspired the ITV detective drama, Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series. Here’s the whole series in order. Best of all you can start reading the lot of them right now.

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An interview with Douglas Henshall

An interview with Douglas Henshall

We sat down with sat down with BBC1's Shetland star, Douglas Henshall, to find out what he likes the most about playing Jimmy Perez.

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Ann Cleeves' Shetland series

Ann Cleeves' Shetland series

Ann Cleeves’ bestselling Shetland series has also been made into a hit TV series on BBC One, but you can start reading the books now.

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