ITV have announced that the much-loved ITV detective drama, Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn, will be returning for a 10th series in 2020. If you can't get enough of the tv series, discover the books in the Ann Cleeves' 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. Series 9 ended in February 2019, and ITV have already announced that Vera will be returning for series 10 in 2020. There will be four episodes in the new series, based on Ann Cleeves’ bestselling novels.

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