This January DCI Vera Stanhope is back for more crimesolving in the eighth series of best loved ITV detective drama,Vera. Here are all of the books in Ann Cleeves' series that inspired the ITV detective drama. The first episode in the new series of Vera, Blood and Bone, airs on ITV1 at 8pm on Sunday 7th January. 

Beginning with The Crow Trap, the Vera Stanhope series is the bestselling and critically acclaimed series of crime novels set in Northumberland, by award-winning author Ann Cleeves. They have been made into a hit detective drama on ITV1, starring Brenda Blethyn as Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope of the Northumbria Police Force. Ann has been awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel for Raven Black, the first in the Shetland crime series, which has also been made into a TV series on BBC One. In 2012 Ann was inducted into the Crime Writer’s Association Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame.