Winner of the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger.
Hidden Depths is the third book in Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series – which is now a major ITV detective drama, Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn.
A hot summer on the Northumberland coast and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers.
This stylized murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope intrigued. But then another body is discovered in a rock pool, the corpse again strewn with flowers. Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death.
As local residents are forced to share their deepest, darkest secrets, the killer watches, waits and plans to prepare another beautiful, watery grave . . .
Enjoy more of Vera Stanhope's investigations with The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Silent Voices, The Glass Room, Harbour Street, The Moth Catcher, and The Seagull.
Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime.
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.
If you’re a fan of ITV’s crime drama Vera, you’ll love the books that inspired the series.