Released on 25 January 2018.

#8 in series
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The Seagull

4.24 based on 1139 ratings & 191 reviews on

2018 Long-listed

Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award


The Seagull is Ann Cleeves’ searing eighth novel in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships.

Shrewd. Smart. Challenging. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is on the case.

When prison inmate and former police officer John Brace says he's willing to give up information about a long-dead wheeler dealer in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims.

But opening up this cold case strikes much closer to home than Vera anticipates as her investigation takes her back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his friends used to congregate.

As Vera's past collides dangerously with the present, she will have to confront her unwanted memories and face the possibility that her father was involved in what happened. The truth is about to come out but is Vera ready for what it will reveal?

In the media

one of the best natural writers of detective fiction
Daily Express
Cleeves is carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime
Sunday Mirror
A fine writer
Sunday Telegraph