The Shetland series is a bestselling, critically-acclaimed series of crime novels by Ann Cleeves, which has also been made into a hit tv series on BBC One starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez.

Set in the isolated Scottish Shetland Isles, Detective Inspector Perez and his police colleagues become entwined in the tight-knit island community as they investigate mysterious disappearances, murders and the darkest secrets of Scotland's most northerly isles. The first novel in the series, Raven Black, was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for best crime novel. 

Cold Earth, the new Shetland novel, is Ann Cleeves' 30th book in 30 years! To celebrate Ann has written a murder mystery based around a traditional Shetland Sunday tea. Scroll down to download the murder mystery pack.

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A murder mystery by Ann Cleeves

To celebrate 30 years of publishing and 30 books, Ann Cleeves – bestselling crime writer of Vera and Shetland fame – has written a murder mystery based around a traditional shetland sunday tea. 

What we provide:
1. A script for 4 actors. this is a specially written script by Ann Cleeves, the setting is a Shetland Sunday tea and reference is made to the shetland detective Jimmy Perez
2. PDFs of professionally designed posters, tickets and the competition form ensuring the promotional material looks attractive
3. A running order and guide for planning the event
4.  A template press release to send out to local media
5. Recipes for a traditional Shetland tea accompanied by each chef’s story

What you need
1. 4 actors – 2 men and 2 women. They don’t need to learn lines but should be confident about reading a short monologue in front of an audience.These could be staff members, but if you approach your local amateur dramatic society or college performance students, you could be introducing new people into your shop or library
2. Someone to host and chair the event
3. Books by Ann Cleeves for sale. Libraries can do this through Pan Macmillan, through their usual library supplier or by inviting a local bookseller to sell on their behalf
4. Scrap paper and pencils so people can take notes – some do take this event very seriously!
5. Encourage attendees to bring along some homebaking in the spirit of a Shetland Sunday tea. The packs also include recipes should any of the organizers want to create some authentic fayre

download the murder mystery pack

download the shetland tea recipes

download the event poster

download the editable press release template