Maryland Blogger: Book Recommendation: The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Book Recommendation: The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

Book Recommendation: The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves


The Crow Trap (1999) is the first novel in the Vera Stanhope Mystery series by the international award winning English author Ann Cleeves. I enjoyed this novel and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her many books.

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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. Her latest book is The Long Call, the first in a new series set in North Devon.


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Goodreads Review of The Crow Trap

Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal....For team leader Rachael Lambert the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double-betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide...

When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide--a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept.

Only when the next death occurs does a fourth woman enter the picture--the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, who must piece together the truth from these women's tangled lives...


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Comment balloon 10 commentsRoy Kelley • March 17 2020 03:03PM


Good morning Roy. May you have a stack of unread books during this difficult time. Enjoy your next read. 

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 10 days ago

This does sound like my kind of book, Roy. It's on my list of must-reads.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 10 days ago

Wayne Martin 

We have a bookcase full of unread books but will miss the library access to the newest novels.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 10 days ago

A reminder - MCPS has established 20 locations where children up to 18 years old can receive a nutritious meal, starting Monday, March 16. No appointment is necessary.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 10 days ago

Roy, today may be a day to sit and read - no business today, snowing and COLD.  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 10 days ago

The governor has ordered the closing all shopping malls and entertainment venues across Maryland, effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 10 days ago

Roy Kelley - With life changes, the worst thing people could do is fall into the boredom trap. Reading is good for all! It takes you on an adventure. Reading is something that never goes out of style.

Enjoy your books!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 days ago


I have watched the Vera series on PBS.  They are excellent.  By the way, check out the positive news on Margaret Goss post today.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 10 days ago

"The Crow Trap" sounds like a great read for Ann Cleeves fans, Roy.  Sacramento County has just been ORDERED to self isolate.  My grandson has been visiting from Houston this week.  He goes back home tomorrow.  I actually, plan to read a book or two afterwards.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 days ago

Thanks so much for your feedback. I hope you are reading a good book.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 10 days ago