Red Bones

Ann Cleeves

18 March 2021
400 pages


When a woman's death finds Inspector Jimmy Perez out of his depth, he must dig up long-buried secrets to uncover the truth in Red Bones, the third Shetland mystery from Ann Cleeves.

Now a major BBC One drama, Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall.

After 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, in the middle of the night, an elderly woman is shot dead. It appears to be a tragic accident, but 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. To solve the crime – and prevent further bloodshed – Perez must ask questions that some on the island do not want to be asked . . .

Continue the atmospheric crime series with Blue Lightning.

One of Britain’s best crime writers
Like a smoky Shetland peat fire, this elegantly written . . . intrigue . . . crackles with inner heat