Come Death and High Water

Ann Cleeves

16 November 2023
288 pages


Ann Cleeves Classic Crime - engaging mysteries to savour, beloved characters to meet again.

Come Death and High Water is the second mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series.

The picturesque privately owned island of Gillibry off the North Devon coast turns out to be the perfect site for a murder . . .

A routine weekend visit by the Gillibry Bird Observatory Trust is made memorable by the owner’s announcement that he is going to sell the island. A sale would mean the end of the Observatory, which for some of the birders makes life worth living. A fire in Charlie Todd’s cottage adds to their distress. And when, next morning, after a fierce storm, they find Charlie dead in a bird hide, their pleasant September weekend assumes a dangerous new face.

Charlie Todd’s murder could have been the deed of any member of the Trust. And it falls to one of their own, George Palmer-Jones, to unravel the identity of a killer within their midst . . .

[A] perfectly fresh, contemporary crime story meshing interesting characters with plenty of fascinating ornithological detail
A fine writer
Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime