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.
If you're anything like us, you find great pleasure in spending your autumn evenings engrossed in a great crime book.
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 the mysteries right now.
Ann Cleeves writes about her hometown of Whitley Bay, the setting for her eighth 'Vera' novel, The Seagull.
We're delighted that books by Lucy Diamond, Ann Cleeves and Cathy Rentzenbrink are amongst this year’s World Book Night titles.
The seventh series of Vera returns to our screens on Sunday 19th March, and to celebrate, we're giving you the chance to win all the Inspector Stanhope novels by Ann Cleeves.
Miss Marple can solve crimes that have the professionals baffled, and DI Sarah Lund is willing to give up her personal happiness to catch a killer. Here are a few of our favourite females detectives from the page and screen.
The Dagger award recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre.
From police procedurals to historical mysteries, forensic thrillers to psychological suspense, we have the perfect crime book to read as the evenings get longer and longer.
Ann Cleeves – bestselling crime writer of Vera and Shetland fame – has written a murder mystery based around a traditional Shetland Sunday Tea.
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.
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.
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.
As her latest Vera book The Moth Catcher makes it to ITV screens, Ann Cleeves reflects on letting others adapt her novels.
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.
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.
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.
The new series of Shetland, based on Ann Cleeves' award-winning Shetland novels, starts Friday 15 January 2015 on BBC1. Watch the trailer now.
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.
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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