Red Bones

Ann Cleeves

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18 March 2021
9781529050202
400 pages
Synopsis

The third Shetland novel

Sometimes the dead won’t stay buried . . .

When a young archaeologist uncovers a set of human remains, the island settlers are intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery?

Then an elderly woman is shot in what appears to be a tragic accident in the middle of the night, Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called to investigate.

The sparse landscape and the emptiness of the sea have bred a fierce and secretive people. As Jimmy looks to the islanders for answers, he finds instead two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness have lasted generations.

Surrounded by people he doesn't know and in unfamiliar territory, Jimmy finds himself out of his depth. As the spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, Perez must dig up old secrets to reveal the truth . . .

Red Bones is the third book in Ann Cleeves' bestselling Shetland series – a major BBC One drama, starring Douglas Henshall.

One of Britain’s best crime writers

Daily Express

Like a smoky Shetland peat fire, this elegantly written . . . intrigue . . . crackles with inner heat

Peter James