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.

www.anncleeves.com

Ann Cleeves

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
The Healers
The Healers
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
High Island Blues
High Island Blues
A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy
A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy
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
Dead Water
Dead Water
The Glass Room
The Glass Room

Blog

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ann Cleeves: from print to screen

Ann Cleeves: from print to screen

As her latest Vera book The Moth Catcher makes it to ITV screens, Ann Cleeves reflects on letting others adapt her novels.

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Ann Cleeves' Cold Earth Tour

Ann Cleeves' Cold Earth Tour

Don't miss Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years.

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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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A murder mystery game <br/>by Ann Cleeves

A murder mystery game
by Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves – bestselling crime writer of Vera and Shetland fame – has written a murder mystery based around a traditional Shetland Sunday Tea. 

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Events

Ann Cleeves at Mareel

Mareel

Mareel
Mareel North Ness Lerwick , ZE1 0WP UNITED KINGDOM

20:00 on 01 October 2016 - 20:00 on 01 October 2016

01 October 2016 08:00Z 01 October 2016 08:00Z

The official launch of the brand new Ann Cleeves novel, Cold Earth: Shetland on page and screen: join bestselling author of BBC 1's Shetland Ann Cleeves, Professor of forensic pathology at Aberdeen University, Dr James Grieve and Shetland's Mr Fix-It Davie Gardner as they discuss the fact and fiction of Shetland to celebrate the launch of Cleeves' brand new Shetland novel, Cold Earth: Shetland. Tickets on sale from Shetland Box Office www.shetlandboxoffice.org

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Ann Cleeves at Gulberwick Hall

Gulberwick Hall

Gulberwick Hall
Gulberwick Hall Gulberwick Shetland Islands , ZE2 9JX UNITED KINGDOM

14:00 on 02 October 2016 - 17:00 on 02 October 2016

02 October 2016 02:00Z 02 October 2016 05:00Z

Sunday Tea with Ann Cleeves, hosted by SWI Shetland Federation. Tickets on the door: Adults £5/Bairns £2.

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Ann Cleeves at Bigton Hall

Bigton Hall

Bigton Hall
Bigton Hall Bigton Shetland , ZE2 9JA UNITED KINGDOM

14:30 on 02 October 2016 - 16:30 on 02 October 2016

02 October 2016 02:30Z 02 October 2016 04:30Z

Blood on the Bannocks: A Murder Mystery Sunday Tea with Ann Cleeves. Tickets £7.50/£4.00 from Mary Andreas on 01950 422205 or Alison Fordyce on 01950 422205.

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Ann Cleeves at Stromness Library

Stromness Library

Stromness Library
2-12 Victoria Street, Stromness Orkney, KW16 3AA UNITED KINGDOM

15:00 on 03 October 2016 - 15:00 on 03 October 2016

03 October 2016 03:00Z 03 October 2016 03:00Z

Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " "Join us at Stromness Library or on Twitter using #HurricaneBookClub. Book now at Stromness or Kirkwall libraries. Telephone 01856 850907 for Stromness or 01856 873166 for Kirkwall. Email: stewart.bain@orkney.gov.uk.

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Ann Cleeves at Orkney Library

Orkney Library

Orkney Library
44 Junction Road, Kirkwall, Orkney , KW15 1AG

19:00 on 03 October 2016 - 19:00 on 03 October 2016

03 October 2016 07:00Z 03 October 2016 07:00Z

Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "Tickets £2 each available at Kirkwall or Stromness libraries. Telephone 01856 873166 for tickets or email stewart.bain@orkney.gov.uk " " " "** SOLD OUT**

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Ann Cleeves at Elgin Library

Elgin Library

Elgin Library
Cooper Park Elgin Moray , IV30 1HS UNITED KINGDOM

15:00 on 04 October 2016 - 15:00 on 04 October 2016

04 October 2016 03:00Z 04 October 2016 03:00Z

Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "3.00pm " "Elgin Library " "Elgin Library, Cooper Park, Elgin, IV30 1HS " " " "Tickets £5 available at Elgin Library.

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Ann Cleeves at Waterstones Inverness

Waterstones INVERNESS

Waterstones INVERNESS
Unit 69, Eastgate Shopping Centre Inverness Scotland , IV2 3PR UNITED KINGDOM

19:00 on 04 October 2016 - 19:00 on 04 October 2016

04 October 2016 07:00Z 04 October 2016 07:00Z

Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "Tickets £2.00 (redeemable against the price of a book) " "Book now in store or call 01463 233500 email us inverness@waterstones.com

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Ann Cleeves at Portlethen Library

Portlethen Library

Portlethen Library
Portlethen Library Bruntaland Road Portlethen , AB12 4QL UNITED KINGDOM

14:00 on 05 October 2016 - 15:00 on 05 October 2016

05 October 2016 02:00Z 05 October 2016 03:00Z

Blood on the Bannocks - A Murder Mystery Shetland Tea Party with Ann Cleeves. " " " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, for an afternoon of tea, cake and murder with a prize for the best detective. Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " "Tickets £X.00 (redeemable against the price of a book) . Book now in library or call: 01224 786190

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Anne Cleeves at Steps Theatre

Steps Theatre

Steps Theatre
Steps Theatre Central Library Wellgate Dundee, DD1 1DB

19:00 on 05 October 2016 - 19:00 on 05 October 2016

05 October 2016 07:00Z 05 October 2016 07:00Z

An evening with Ann Cleeves celebrating her 30 books in 30 years. " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "Tickets are redeemable against the price of a book

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Ann Cleeves at AK Bell Library

AK Bell Library

AK Bell Library
AK Bell Library York Place Perth , PH2 8EP UNITED KINGDOM

14:00 on 06 October 2016 - 14:00 on 06 October 2016

06 October 2016 02:00Z 06 October 2016 02:00Z

Blood on the Bannocks - Tea, Cakes and Murder with Ann Cleeves " " " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, for a morning of cake, murder and a prize for the best detective. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "Tickets £7.50 " "Book now at the AK Bell Library or on Eventbrite " "library@culturepk.org.uk 01738 444949

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Ann Cleeves at Smith Museum and Art Gallery

Smith Museum and Art Gallery

Smith Museum and Art Gallery
Smith Museum and Art Gallery 40 Albert Place Dumbarton Road Stirling, FK8 2RQ

19:00 on 06 October 2016 - 19:00 on 06 October 2016

06 October 2016 07:00Z 06 October 2016 07:00Z

An evening with Ann Cleeves celebrating 30 books in 30 years. Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland ash she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " "Book now in store or call 01786 478756 email us stirling@waterstones.com

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Ann Cleeves at Kirkcaldy Library

Kirkcaldy Library

Kirkcaldy Library
Kirkcaldy Library Kirkcaldy Galleries Public Library, Abbotshall RD , UNITED KINGDOM

19:30 on 07 October 2016 - 19:30 on 07 October 2016

07 October 2016 07:30Z 07 October 2016 07:30Z

An evening with Ann Cleeves celebrating 30 books in 30 years. " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "Book now. Call 01592 263755 or kirkcaldy@waterstones.com

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Ann Cleeves at Queen Margaret Hall

Queen Margaret Hall

Queen Margaret Hall
Queen Margaret Hall St Michaels Presbytery Blackness RD Linlithgow, EH49 7JA UNITED KINGDOM

14:00 on 08 October 2016 - 14:00 on 08 October 2016

08 October 2016 02:00Z 08 October 2016 02:00Z

Blood on the Bannocks - Tea, Cakes and Murder with Ann Cleeves. " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "For tickets and info: Sally at Far From the Madding Crowd Bookshop, 01506 845509 or sally@maddingcrowdlinlithgow.co.uk

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Ann Cleeves at Hillhead Library

Hillhead Library

Hillhead Library
Hillhead Library 348 Byres Road Glasgow , G12 8AP UNITED KINGDOM

15:00 on 09 October 2016 - 15:00 on 09 October 2016

09 October 2016 03:00Z 09 October 2016 03:00Z

Blood on the Bannocks - Tea, Cakes and Murder with Ann Cleeves " " " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books.

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Ann Cleeves at The Memorial Hall

The Memorial Hall

The Memorial Hall
The Memorial Hall Smithfield Street Oswestry , UNITED KINGDOM

14:00 on 14 October 2016 - 14:00 on 14 October 2016

14 October 2016 02:00Z 14 October 2016 02:00Z

Blood on the Bannocks - Tea, Cakes and Murder with Ann Cleeves " " " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " "Tickets: £10.00 - £5 of the ticket price redeemable against a signed hardback copy of Cold Earth.

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Ann Cleeves at Shoreditch Town Hall

Shoreditch Town Hall

Shoreditch Town Hall
Shoreditch Town Hall 380 Old Street London, EC1V 9LT UNITED KINGDOM

12:00 on 15 October 2016 - 12:00 on 15 October 2016

15 October 2016 12:00Z 15 October 2016 12:00Z

Killer Women Festival. " " " "'Serial Thrillers' - bestselling crime writers Mark Billingham and Ann Cleeves reveal the relationship between crime writers and the actors who play their characters, with screenwriter Gaby Chiappe and actor Douglas Henshall. Chaired by Colette McBeth. " "Tickets and more info: http://www.killerwomen.org

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Ann Cleeves at Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times Forum

The Times Forum
The Times Forum Montpellier Gardens Cheltenham ,

17:00 on 16 October 2016 - 18:00 on 16 October 2016

16 October 2016 05:00Z 16 October 2016 06:00Z

Join us to celebrate the popular BBC Scotland drama series based on the novels by Ann Cleeves. The author is joined onstage by stars Douglas Henshall, who plays Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and Alison O'Donnell, who plays Detective Sergeant Alison 'Tosh' Macintosh, along with Creative Director of BBC Drama Elaine Collins and Lead Scriptwriter Gaby Chiappe. They discuss the show's success with Alison Graham of the Radio Times.

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Ann Cleeves at Chester Literary Festival

Chester Literary Festival

Chester Literary Festival
Chester Town Hall Chester Cheshire , CH1 2HJ UNITED KINGDOM

13:00 on 17 October 2016 - 13:00 on 17 October 2016

17 October 2016 01:00Z 17 October 2016 01:00Z

An afternoon with Ann Cleeves.

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Ann Cleeves at Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester Literature Festival

Manchester Literature Festival
Manchester Literature Festival The Department Store 5 Oak Street Manchester, M4 5JD UNITED KINGDOM

18:30 on 17 October 2016 - 18:30 on 17 October 2016

17 October 2016 06:30Z 17 October 2016 06:30Z

On the publication of her 30th novel, Cold Earth, in which the enigmatic Jimmy Perez discovers a dark secret buried on Shetland, we are delighted to host a special celebration of the Shetland novels and BBC One drama. Ann will be joined in conversation by Gaby Chiappe, lead scriptwriter on the series and Alison O'Donnell the actress who plays Tosh in Shetland. Chaired by broadcaster Erica Wagner.

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Ann Cleeves at Rochdale Festival

Rochdale Festival

Rochdale Festival
Rochdale Festival St Chad's Church Sparrow Hill Rochdale, OL16 1QT UNITED KINGDOM

13:30 on 18 October 2016 - 13:30 on 18 October 2016

18 October 2016 01:30Z 18 October 2016 01:30Z

Blood on the Bannocks - Tea, Cakes and Murder with Ann Cleeves " " " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " "Tickets: £5.00

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Ann Cleeves at Off The Shelf Festival

Off the Shelf Festival Showroom

Off the Shelf Festival Showroom
15 Paternoster Row Sheffield , S1 2BX UNITED KINGDOM

19:00 on 18 October 2016 - 19:00 on 18 October 2016

18 October 2016 07:00Z 18 October 2016 07:00Z

Join the bestselling author of BBC 1's Shetland, Ann Cleeves and Professor of Forensic Pathology at Aberdeen University, Dr James Grieve as they discuss the fact and fiction of Shetland.

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Ann Cleeves at Grandstand Community Centre

Grandstand Community Centre

Grandstand Community Centre
Grandstand Community Centre Carholme Road Lincoln, LN1 1SE UNITED KINGDOM

19:00 on 19 October 2016 - 19:00 on 19 October 2016

19 October 2016 07:00Z 19 October 2016 07:00Z

An evening with Ann Cleeves celebrating 30 books in 30 years. " "Hosted by the Lindum Group of Women's Institutes " " " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Lindum Books will provide a bookstall and Ann will be signing copies of her books. " " " "Tickets £5.00 includes light refreshments and available from Lindum Books 01522 262374 or Michelle 07951 397663

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Ann Cleeves at Anstey Hall

Anstey Hall

Anstey Hall
Anstey Hall Maris Lane Cambridge , CB2 9LG UNITED KINGDOM

13:30 on 20 October 2016 - 13:30 on 20 October 2016

20 October 2016 01:30Z 20 October 2016 01:30Z

Afternoon tea hosted by Sick Children's Trust. " "Tickets £15 (includes a delicious tea) " "Ticket enquiries: 01638 751474

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Ann Cleeves at St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church

St Peter's Church
Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6LR UNITED KINGDOM

19:30 on 20 October 2016 - 19:30 on 20 October 2016

20 October 2016 07:30Z 20 October 2016 07:30Z

An evening with Ann Cleeves, celebrating 30 books in 30 years. " " " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " "Tickets: £6.00/7.00 redeemable against the book " "Book now: (01353) 645005 or www.toppingbooks.co.uk

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Ann Cleeves at Peterborough Library

Peterborough Library

Peterborough Library
Vivacity Central Library Broadway Peterborough , PE1 1RX

14:00 on 21 October 2016 - 14:00 on 21 October 2016

21 October 2016 02:00Z 21 October 2016 02:00Z

Blood on the Bannocks - Tea, Cakes and Murder with Ann Cleeves " " " "Come and join Ann Cleeves, the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland, as she talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "Friday 21st October, 2pm " "John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library " "Tickets £5 (£4 concessions) " "Book in advance at any library or Waterstones Bridge Street " "More info: tel 01733 864280

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Ann Cleeves at Chorleywood Memorial Hall

Chorleywood Memorial Hall

Chorleywood Memorial Hall
Chorleywood Memorial Hall Chorleywood , WD3 5LN UNITED KINGDOM

19:30 on 21 October 2016 - 19:30 on 21 October 2016

21 October 2016 07:30Z 21 October 2016 07:30Z

An Evening with Ann Cleeves: A Literary Dinner " "Tickets, available from Chorleywood Bookshop or by phone: 01923 283566 " "Price £22 (includes Ann's new book, Cold Earth, and supper

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Ann Cleeves at Dorchester Literary Festival

Dorchester Literary Festival

Dorchester Literary Festival
, UNITED KINGDOM

19:00 on 22 October 2016 - 19:00 on 22 October 2016

22 October 2016 07:00Z 22 October 2016 07:00Z

Come and join Ann Cleeves in conversation with Minette Walters as the bestselling author of ITV's Vera and BBC's Shetland talks about her brand new book Cold Earth, and celebrates her 30th book in 30 years. " " " "Ann will also be signing copies of her books. " " " "Dorset County Museum " " " "Tickets: £10.00 " "Book now: (01353) 645005or ely@toppingbooks.co.uk

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