Released on 30 September 2009.
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Raven Black is the first book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - filmed as the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland.
It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance . . .
The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst.
Also available in the Shetland series are White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air.
We're delighted that books by Lucy Diamond, Ann Cleeves and Cathy Rentzenbrink are amongst this year’s World Book Night titles.
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.
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.
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