Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

December 7, 2016 | 4 comments



In brief: First in a crime series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, who investigates the murder of a teenage girl. The immediate suspect is the town’s outcast, Magnus Tate, who spends his days alone at home with his pet raven, waiting for visitors who never come.

Setting: Shetland Islands, Scotland.

The good: This book is spectacular in so many ways. It has a great selection of interesting characters, and a murder mystery that at first appears simple but that becomes more complex for every chapter. There are so many suspects that it is almost impossible to figure out who the murderer is but when everything is revealed at the end, all the puzzle pieces and clues makes perfect sense. I loved the writing style and the audiobook is narrated by Gordon Griffin, whose voice was a perfect match for the story.

The not-so-good: I have nothing to say. Absolutely nothing.

Why I read it: Random pick when I was in the mood for British crime.

My rating: ★★★★ (4.5)

Conclusion: A definite must read (and Ann Cleeves might be my new favourite among British crime writers).