Out on 02 September 2021

The Heron's Cry

Ann Cleeves

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02 September 2021
9781509889686
400 pages
Synopsis

'Matthew Venn is a keeper . . . stunning' David Baldacci

The number one Sunday Times bestselling series featuring Detective Matthew Venn, from author and creator of the Vera and Shetland series, Ann Cleeves soon to be a major TV series.

North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder – Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed. His daughter Eve is a glassblower, and the murder weapon is a shard of one of her broken vases.

Dr Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He’s a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved, though, to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.

Then another body is found – killed in a similar way. Matthew finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home . . .

The Heron's Cry is the second novel in Ann Cleeves’ Two Rivers series, following her Sunday Times bestseller, The Long Call.

Praise for The Long Call
'As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves’ latest. Matthew Venn is a keeper. A stunning debut for Cleeves’ latest crimefighter' David Baldacci
'Had me hooked . . . a promising beginning to another fine chapter in the Ann Cleeves story' The Times
'A triumph that cements Cleeves’ status as one of Britains best crime writers' Daily Express
'Clever, compassionate and atmospheric . . . I am already a Matthew Venn fan' Elly Griffiths
'Cleeves combines a flair for evoking sense of place with a thoughtful, complex plot' Mail on Sunday
'A traditional mystery of the best sort' Guardian

As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves’ latest. Matthew Venn is a keeper. A stunning debut for Cleeves’ latest crimefighter

David Baldacci on THE LONG CALL

Had me hooked – a promising beginning to another fine chapter in the Ann Cleeves story

The Times on THE LONG CALL

In Matthew Venn, Ann has created a complex, daring, subtle character . . . an emotional thriller, where lives are exploded and perceptions twisted and shattered. It is a brilliant achievement of quiet dread and explosive secrets.

Louise Penny