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Book Recommendation: Dead Water by Ann Cleeves

Book Recommendation: Dead Water by Ann Cleeves


Dead Water (2013) is volume number five in the Shetland Island series featuring Detective Jimmy Perez by international best selling English crime writer Ann Cleeves. Dolores and I have enjoyed this series and recommend these books for your reading list. I suggest reading the books in order of publication. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her many 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 Dead Water

Ann Cleeves returns to her critically acclaimed Shetland Island series with this stunning mystery featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, who readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface. In Dead Water, a triumphant continuation to her Shetland series, Ann Cleeves cements her place as one of Britain's most successful crime writers.



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Comment balloon 7 commentsRoy Kelley • February 08 2020 05:06PM


Good morning, Roy Kelley I've been taking a page from "your book" and spending more time reading... I have a new Fire HD 10 and it's sync'ed t my amazon prime those ebooks are readily available... I'm presently reading one I have a hard time putting down... "Emotional Intelligence for Self-discipline"...developing mental toughness is the focus of this book.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 4 months ago

Such a gorgeous orchid, Roy. As for this book by Ann Cleeves, sounds like another page turner, for sure.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 4 months ago

You are one busy man here on ActiveRain. Your comments are always welcome and appreciated...

Happy Tuesday Roy Kelley 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) 4 months ago


Ron just started the book you recommended last week by Ann Cleeves, in the meantime, he is reading another one also.  Thank you.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago
Shetland (8 book series)Kindle Edition  I recommend reading the books in order of publication.
Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Dead Water sounds like another exciting book for Ann Cleeves fans, Roy.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Thank you very much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago