ITV's much-loved detective drama Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn, is back for a 10th series, with the first episode being broadcast at 8pm on 12 January 2020. If you can't get enough of the tv series, discover the books in the Ann Cleeves's Vera Stanhope series that inspired the ITV drama.


Beginning with The Crow Trap, the Vera Stanhope series is the bestselling and critically-acclaimed series of crime novels set in Northumberland, written by award-winning author Ann Cleeves. The series has been made into a hit detective drama on ITV1, starring Brenda Blethyn as Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope of the Northumbria Police Force, and the tenth season premieres 12 January 2020. There will be four episodes in the new series, based on Ann Cleeves’s bestselling novels.

If you love the Vera Stanhope books, why not read Ann Cleeves’s Shetland series too?