Silent Voices

Silent Voices

A Vera Stanhope Mystery

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*Winner of the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger*
*Vera Stanhope will return in The Seagull*

Silent Voices is the fourth book in Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series – which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, VERA.

When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. Then Vera spots ligature marks around the victim’s throat – death is never that simple . . .

Vera revels being back in charge of an investigation again, working with Sergeant Joe Ashworth to find a motive. While Joe struggles to reconcile his home life with the demands of the case, death has never made Vera feel so alive.

The duo investigates the victim’s past and discovers a shocking case, involving a young child. Probing the secretive community, they try to stop a killer in the present who can’t seem to let go of the past . . .

Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths and The Glass Room. Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.


When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat – death is never that simple . . . Doing what she does best, Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing staff and those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive. While Joe struggles to reconcile his home life with the demands made on him by the job; Vera revels being back in charge of an investigation again. Death has never made her feel so alive . . . And when they discover that the victim had worked in social services, and had been involved in a shocking case involving a young child, then it appears obvious that the two are somehow connected. Though things are never as they seem . . .

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, An imprint of St. Martin's Publishing Group, 2013
ISBN: 9780230758100
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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SidheWrites
Jul 05, 2019

I adore Vera! I am glad that I found my way to this series now, as opposed to 20 yrs ago. I don't think I would have appreciated it nearly as much.

Ann Cleeves has a gift for weaving a mystery that is compelling without being overly complicated. This story had a lot of twists and turns, leading you this way and that. I really enjoy her method of keeping you in the dark while Vera finally puts all the pieces together and when she does... POW!

I have three more novels in this series on loan from the library and am looking forward to diving in to the next one. My only concern is what I will do once I've read them all.

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fangger
Sep 16, 2018

A good read, butt not my favourite Ann Cleeves novel to date.

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bonakkerman
Jul 28, 2018

As a fan of British mystery the novel was a perfect nighttime’s read with
The usual twists and turns one expects
Without being long winded.
Ann Cleeves paints the perfect picture
Of English life (that is, from my entirely American standpoint).
Throughly enjoyed it!

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fred98115
Mar 20, 2018

An intelligent and well-written mystery featuring the protagonist Vera Stanhope. The strangled body of a social worker is found in an upscale health club. Vera follows clues that include the death of children and decades during which adults did not cope with their roles in the deaths.

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zipread
Dec 30, 2016

Silent Voices. by Ann Cleeves.
After having enjoyed the TV adaption of some of her other novels this is one I haven't seen on the small screen. The TV Vera is gentler, less gritty than her her alter-ego in the novel. But I digress.
This master of murder mystery has crafted another of her tales that keeps you scratching your head until you get to very near the end. My only reservation about this story is that it is so jam-packed with a variety of characters I often found myself a bit at sea about who was who --- especially after a a two day break from reading. Best not to take a break but rather to read straight through. Not at all a daunting prospect.
All in all, a mm well worth reading.

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maipenrai
Oct 21, 2016

Love Vera Stanhope in books and on DVD. Ms. Cleeves with this series and the Shetland series always writes a good mystery with great protagonists. Recommend both series highly. Kristi & Abby TAbby

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gloryb
Mar 18, 2016

Cleeves keeps the reader guessing who did the murders until she reveals all. She knows how to pace all of the information too. Just when I got tired of following the clues and learning about the background of all of the characters, she moves quickly to put an end to the novel. Another good read, this one about child murders and why that would happen.

TheDirector14 May 16, 2012

PTJ
Vera will tell you she's not gunning for Nicest Cop Award. She's blunt, frequently to the point of rudeness. But to her credit, is dogged & tenacious in hunting her prey. Vera is not out to make friends, but to solve murders; and she's very good at that!! I am hoping the new television series based on Cleeves' Vera Stanhope books makes it's way across the pond on either TVO or WNED. I believe Brenda Blethyn will make a superb Vera. She is one of Britains greatest actors around.
If you're looking for what I think are reffered to as "Cozies", as in a cozy, mild read by the fire this might not be for you, but read it anyway because it is a very well written mystery.

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sjhy
Dec 31, 2011

I had not read any of Annn Cleaves books before. This one I enjoyed, it kept me guessing 'til near the end who dun'it & why.
Vera Stanhope is quite a character & she sure loves to eat !

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cheadlebeagle
Sep 14, 2011

I enjoyed this and the detective is a quirky character. I see there are DVDs of the tv series Vera based on these novels which should be interesting. I do prefer her stories set in Scotland though.

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