Maryland Blogger: Book Recommendation: Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

Book Recommendation: Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves

Book Recommendation: Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves


Blue Lightning (2010) is volume number four in the Shetland Island thriller series featuring Detective Jimmy Perez by award winning English crime writer Ann Cleeves. Dolores and I have enjoyed this series and recommend these books for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her books.


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In 2006 Ann Cleeves was the first winner of the prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award of the Crime Writers' Association for Raven Black, the first volume of her Shetland series. In addition, she has been short listed for a CWA Dagger Awards - once for her short story The Plater, and twice for the Dagger in the Library award, which is awarded not for an individual book but for an author's entire body of work.

Ann was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Sunderland on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, in recognition of her outstanding achievements as a crime writer. In December 2018, this was followed by an honorary award of Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) from Robert Gordon University (RGU) in recognition of her contribution to the world of literature and crime writing.

On 26 October 2017, Ann Cleeves was presented with the Diamond Dagger of the Crime Writers' Association, the highest honour in British crime writing, at the CWA's Dagger Awards ceremony in London. Presenting Ann with her award, Martin Edwards, Chair of the CWA, said: "It's a lifetime achievement award, and above all it recognises excellence in writing. But it also recognises a significant contribution to the crime writing world. And nobody can deny that Ann Cleeves' contribution has been magnificent."

In December 2017, Ann's husband Tim died suddenly in hospital, after being admitted for a heart condition. Read the family's tribute to him in Ann's Diary, or read the Evening Chronicle report.

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. Ten series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been shown in the UK and worldwide, and it has been announced that series eleven begins filming in April 2020; there have also been five series of Shetland, based on the characters and settings of her Shetland novels, and another two have been confirmed.

In the autumn of 2016, Ann celebrated the publication of 30 books in 30 years.


Books by Ann Cleeves


Goodreads Review of Blue Lightning

Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiance home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity, who had an eye for the lads, is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed. With a sensational ending destined to create much buzz in the mystery world, "Blue Lightning "will thrill suspense fans everywhere. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show "Shetland, "starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air. 




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Comment balloon 7 commentsRoy Kelley • February 05 2020 03:12PM


Good morning Roy. You are getting me hooked on fiction. Beginning book number seven so far this year. Enjoy your day!

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

Another Ann Cleeves thriller to look forward to, Roy. Love those pink tulips... love tulips, in general, and pink is my favorite color for flowers, clothing, etc.

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

HI Roy Kelley - Another great recommendation and nobody does a book review better than you!

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

 Incidently, there is a Scottish TV series called "Shetland," based upon Ann  Cleeves novels. It airs on BBC, we both enjoyed watching it. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 8 months ago


Another great tip, and as I was reading the comments, I see that Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD mentioned a series of the books.  Will tune in.


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

Ann Cleeves is a prolific writer.  She keeps bookworms busy reading her words!

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

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

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