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Cold Earth ❴Reading❵ ➸ Cold Earth Author Ann Cleeves – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk In the dark days of a Shetland winter torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the seaAt the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait Jimmy Perez In the dark days of a Shetland winter torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the seaAt the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark haired woman wearing a red silk dress In his mind she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identityThen it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house Perez knows he must find out who she was and how she died.


About the Author: Ann Cleeves

Ann is the author of the books behind ITV's VERA now in it's third series and the BBC's SHETLAND which will be aired in December Ann's DI Vera Stanhope series of books is set in Northumberland and features the well loved detective along with her partner Joe Ashworth Ann's Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez investigating in the mysterious dark and beautiful Shetland IslandsAnn.



10 thoughts on “Cold Earth

  1. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    I was first drawn to this series by the setting Have a fascination with the Shetland Islands and these books will probably be the closest I will come since I don't believe I will actually ever travel there I kept reading them though because I enjoy the main characters Perez and Sandy The story lines always fully engage my attention as well In this outing a landslide at a funeral will reveal the body of a young woman and will throw suspicion on various island inhabitants Enjoy the mix of personal stories with a solid police procedural Perez is very familiar with many seemingly involved adding a personal note to the intrigue and investgation He is also still coming to terms with a past grief and adjusting to the parenting of a young child Well written and well plotted this one kept me guessing until the end


  2. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    I do love this series and I am very sad it is almost over Just one book and Perez and Sandy go their separate wayAnyway Cold Earth was really good I love the Shetland Isle setting the police work and the characters All except one because for some reason I cannot take to Willow She just seems a bit unlikely as well as being his bossThe mystery was excellent and very hard to work out Just before the end I suddenly thought What if it is HIM and I was right The ending was uite startlingSo a five star book for me and a little bit of time out before I read that final book in the series


  3. Aditi Aditi says:

    “Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real” Cormac McCarthyAnn Cleeves the award winning British crime author is back with yet another intriguing thriller in her popular Shetland Island crime series called Cold Earth where the infamous protagonist DI Jimmy Perez is challenged with the landslides of Shetland that destroys an abandoned house on the island revealing the body of an unidentified woman whose death strikes Perez with the tragic death of the love of his life but this nerve wracking mystery of an unidentified woman's death is taking the toll out of Perez and out of all the islanders who have no clue about this womanSynopsis In the dark days of a Shetland winter torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the seaAt the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark haired woman wearing a red silk dress In his mind she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identityThen it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house Perez knows he must find out who she was and how she died On the day of the funeral of Jimmy's old friend Magnus a deadly landslide hits the island of Shetland creating havoc with its outburst Caught in its destruction is a lonely abandoned and almost dilapidated house which gets washed away from its place due to the landslide finally revealing the dead body of an unidentified woman Soon Perez's team arrives on the spot but no one has a single clue about who this dead woman could be Sandy's digging helps reveal about that woman's movement before her death but no one could say anything about her identity Although her use of fake name helps a lot and Perez with the help of Scottish police chief Willow could uncover a lot of dark secrets about the suspects behind that woman's death Whereas the death of that unknown woman has hit Jimmy real hard and he is haunted by the death of his lover Fran But a strong and undeniable attraction towards Willow is distracting him from his goal to find out who killed the woman or who that woman is Can Perez solve this crime despite of his personal battles?Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series has been turned into a major TV series of BBC One network called Shetland starring Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez I've read almost all the books in this epic crime series and I absolutely loved them all including this current book Even though Cleeves is one of my favorite crime writers I promise to pen an unbiased review This book is eually captivating and absolutely mind boggling to the very core The book left me guessing till the very last page and this is one of the primary reasons why I love reading Cleeves' books where the plot is so thick with suspense that will leave even the seasoned readers anticipating till the very end What can I say about Cleeves protagonist DI Jimmy Perez? Even I’m drawn to his loneliness yet there is something striking about him which will keep the readers glued to his unusual demeanor Cleeves portrayed Perez as a widower with a step daughter Cassie and as a brave strong man whose determination will keep the readers hooked on to the story line till the turn of the very last page Although in this book Cold Earth the readers will get to see a different side of Perez who has perturbation and layers of gray shades hidden in the depths of his very soul Perez will intimidate the readers and at the same time will leave them curious about his past as well as about his present The supporting characters like Sandy Willow and others are also tastefully developed through their flaws and strong aspects The author's writing is extraordinarily exuisite and articulate While reading this book the readers might feel like the whole story is unfolding right before their eyes and that they might be standing on one of the cliffs of Shetland and watching the modus operandi of Perez and his team with their own eyes The narration is crystal clear and free flowing like a river that is easy to comprehend with The whole investigation taking place in Shetland is described intricately and vividly by the authorI’d like to hats off to the author for painting the backdrop of her story so distinctly and strikingly Shetland is a small Scottish Island where the weather remains cold dark windy chilly and rainy 365 days around the year And Cleeves has captured it all with such sharpness that the readers can almost feel the wind on their skin and the salty taste of the breeze on their tongue along with that smell of rain on the Earth Not only that the author reveals a lot about traditions behind a funeral also capturing the lives of the islanders in the most vivid way In a nutshell this page turning and absolutely absorbing novel is a must read for all crime fiction readers especially who love reading a tightly packed and neatly tied with unpredictable twists thriller Verdict Cold English islandish thriller infused with murder mayhem and police drama Courtesy Thanks to the publishers from Pan Macmillan India for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book


  4. Barbara Barbara says:

    Skip croft poytunnels sagging out peerie git bill bairn tailback scrapping it's a whole new language in the Shetland Islands These collouial words and expressions added to the charm of this murder mystery I will continue reading this series and who knows maybe I will eventually speak Shetlandese


  5. Susan Johnson Susan Johnson says:

    There's nothing like the vision of a cemetery caskets and headstones and all sliding down the hill into the North Sea during a torrential storm in the Shetland Islands that will get your attention This is how the new Jimmy Perez book number 7 in the series starts in this action packed entry into the Shetland Series So when a dead woman's body is found it's understandable that the police suspect the landslide was the cause of the death The body of a beautiful woman not from Shetland is found to be a murder victim though It's hard case for Jimmy because he has no identity no motive and no reason for the victim to be in the Islands The case takes him from New York to England to uncover the victim's identity and then things really get interesting His boss and love interest Willow flies in from Inverness to lead the investigation Jimmy is conflicted with his feelings for her and in an interesting twist his former lover Fran is one of the bodies sent tumbling into the sea No one portrays the atmosphere of the Islands better than Cleeves She keeps the mystery moving with plenty of twists and turns and it's almost impossible to put the book down It's the perfect book to be reading on a cold rainy evening


  6. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    Wow what a book I have read every single one of the books in the Shetland series but COLD EARTH book seven is my favorite so far The story is intriguing and perplexing and I especially enjoyed the interplay between Jimmy Perez and Willow ReevesThe book starts with Jimmy Perez attending his friend Magnus Tait's funeral but a sudden landslide puts an abrupt end to that Luckily no one seems to have been hurt the croft that was smashed in the landslide should be empty However Jimmy discovers outside the craft the body of dark haired women wearing a red silk dress What is she doing in a croft that should be empty? Was she murdered? Jimmy gets obsessed finding out the identity of the woman and what happened to her But how to find out who she is when no one knew she was in the croft in the first place or is really so?READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW OVER AT FRESH FICTION


  7. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Real Rating 375 of fourAch Jimmy you need to pull up your socks and get with the program or Willow's gonna get something better euipped to provide bairns and boom boom in Inverness What a pity that'll beI'm invested in this novel series I liked this entry just fine I had a problem with the resolution view spoilerWhen Simon Shrinky dink is the ONE AND ONLY voice even implying the the first victim was in any way unhappy wellfive alarms and red red flags Author Cleeves hide spoiler


  8. Ingrid Ingrid says:

    Five big stars I immensely enjoyed this book I much appreciate a good story and good detective work than stories with a lot of torture and easy anxiety This book was like coming back to a place where you were on holiday before You recognise it and enjoy the familiarity but you also notice what's new and are interested to find out I hope there are going to be a lot books in this series


  9. Christine Christine says:

    Just when I was wondering when we would ever get a new instalment of the Shetland series up popped Cold Earth on my horizon Cold Earth is the seventh in the successful series following DI Jimmy Perez up in the Shetland Islands Scotland Like all the other Shetland lovers out there I got myself immersed in Cold Earth as soon as I couldA landslide on Shetland leads to a body being discovered in a house The woman has been strangled Jimmy Perez and his team are soon looking for a killer Who killed the mysterious dark haired woman and why?Ann Cleeves’ winning formula of the hard working and caring Shetland police officer working in the remote islands in Scotland continues We have Jimmy Perez a man grieving for the loss of his beloved girlfriend Fran It is great to see him showing signs of moving on with Willow Will they ever get to the snogging stage? I really don’t know I do think Cleeves captures Perez’s grief beautifully and in a very realistic way I can completely empathize with him He is a special characterI much prefer the books to the television series; although the BBC Shetland series is very well done Anyone who hasn’t encountered either I suggest you start at the beginning and get to know Jimmy Perez in the haunting beautiful landscape that Ann Cleeves paintsExcellent as ever May Jimmy Perez be back very soon I miss him already


  10. Leslie Ray Leslie Ray says:

    This next to the last installment of the Shetland Island series starts with a funeral attended by Jimmy Perez for Magnus Tait There is a torrential rainfall triggering a mudslide washing away among other things like Fran's headstone is the body of a woman in a red evening type dress They set about finding out who she is and in doing so another murder is triggered We also start to see the beginning of a relationship between Jimmy and Willow maybe? Sandy is continuing to see Louise and is uite smitten For those rooting for Sandy he is coming into his own and was uite instrumental in helping solve the case


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