Cold Earth

4.29 based on 336 ratings & 28 reviews on Goodreads.com

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.

A fine writer
Sunday Telegraph
Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime
Sunday Mirror
Ann Cleeves is a skilful technician, keeping our interest alive and building slowly up to the denouement. Her easy use of language and clever story construction make her one of the best natural writers of detective fiction
Daily Express

About Ann Cleeves

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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Books by Ann Cleeves

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
Thin Air
Thin Air
Raven Black
Raven Black
White Nights
White Nights
Red Bones
Red Bones
Blue Lightning
Blue Lightning
Offshore
Offshore
The Healers
The Healers
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

Books in the Series

Thin Air
Thin Air
Raven Black
Raven Black
White Nights
White Nights
Red Bones
Red Bones
Blue Lightning
Blue Lightning
Dead Water
Dead Water

From our blogs

Ann Cleeves' Cold Earth Tour

Ann Cleeves' Cold Earth Tour

07 September 2016

By Pan Macmillan

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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A murder mystery game <br/>by Ann Cleeves

A murder mystery game
by Ann Cleeves

19 September 2016

By Pan Macmillan

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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