Maryland Blogger: Book Recommendation: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Book Recommendation: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Book Recommendation: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves


The Long Call (2019) is a murder mystery in the setting of North Devon that introduces a new character, Detective Matthew Venn, by the award winning English author Ann Cleeves. This is another good book for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her books.


Ann Cleeves

Ann's books have been translated into twenty languages. She's a bestseller in Scandinavia and Germany. Her novels sell widely and to critical acclaim in the United States. Raven Black was shortlisted for the Martin Beck award for best translated crime novel in Sweden in 2007. It has been adapted for radio in Germany - and in the UK where it was a Radio Times pick of the day when it was first broadcast Radio adaptations of Raven Black and White Nights have both been repeated. Nine series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been shown in the UK and worldwide, and it has been confirmed that a tenth series will follow; there have also been five series of Shetland, based on the characters and settings of her Shetland novels.

In the autumn of 2016, Ann celebrated the publication of 30 books in 30 years. Her latest book is The Long Call, the first in a new series set in North Devon. 


Books by Ann Cleeves


Goodreads Review of The Long Call

For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves—international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—embarks on a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.




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Comment balloon 11 commentsRoy Kelley • November 23 2019 08:10PM


Good Tuesday morning to all. Have a great day and an outstanding Thanksgiving week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley,

Another fabulous book review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Ann Cleeves new book. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 8 months ago

Good morning Roy. Spent the day with my grandson so thought you would be reading another book. Keep it up! Enjoy your next read.

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 8 months ago

Good morning, Roy... I haven't read one of her books in a long time... I'll need to put this on my list to pick up.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 8 months ago

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago
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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Hi Roy,

It would be fun for me to spend a weekend in a cabin reading books like this one and just chilling out by a fire with a glass of red wine.

Happy reading to you and Dolores!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 8 months ago


It is now on my list, and I do have a flight scheduled in early December..Thanks for the suggestions. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 8 months ago

The name of the author of this book fascinates me.  Henry the Eighth had a wife with the name of Anne of Cleves.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 8 months ago

Hi Roy,  Thanks for the book recommendation.  My wife and I both enjoy good mysteries.  

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 8 months ago

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are reading a good book.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago