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Raven Black – (Shetland 1)

Raven Black –  (Shetland 1)

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2000s: Ann Cleeves is the best guide there is to the Shetland Isles. Welcome to fictional Ravenswick…

  • ISBN: 978-0330512947
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

It’s New Year’s Eve  – a lonely outcast Magnus Tait waits for visitors who never come. However the very next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and Magnus is the number one suspect.

Inspector Jimmy Perez comes to investigate and at first enjoys the Shetland warm welcome but the more he digs into the past of these communities, the more he finds he is unwelcome.

Everyone is pointing a finger at Magnus Tait but who is pointing and why? Doors are being locked and black ravens are circling in the skies above.

Travel Guide

If you have never been to the Shetland Isles or know much about it then you might not want to base all of your opinion on the nature of the island featured in the novel – for Ann Cleeves’ Shetland is a dark and mysterious place with a sense of foreboding and a landscape of dark empty fields and the quiet ripple of the darker waters – the only sound that of the waves lapping at the rocky crags.

“Outside it was completely silent. There was no sound of wind. In Shetland, where there was no wind it was shocking. People strained their ears and wondered what was missing.”

The subject of pedophilia is difficult to read about in any setting but on a small and remote island community it seems much more darker and tragic. The atmosphere throughout is one of extreme claustrophobia and coldness in all its forms. As with Ann Cleeves though, this is brought across in often amusing and dry ways –

“You can’t fart here without somebody noticing”

The Shetland Islands community is a closed one  – extremely suspicious of outsiders but with a bogeyman of sorts within their number. But there is culture and folkore too with mention of the annual uphellyaa festival which adds to the intrigue and traditions of the area and beliefs of its people.

Streetview Maps

1) Getting the ferry
3) Brae - "Duncan Hunter's house"

Booktrailer Review

Susan @thebooktrailer:

Just love Ann Cleeves. The writing, the way she transports you to the places of which she writes. Ravenswick sounds very real – you can tell she loves the Shetlands and cares deeply for its people, likes to get under their skin and really understand what she is writing about. The television versions are also excellent but there’s always the joy of creating Ann Cleeves’ world in your own mind when you read this and the story of a closed community and its secrets is a favourite of mine.

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