White Nights

by Ann Cleeves – Shetland Series book 2

In this second thriller of the highly acclaimed Shetland Island series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch of an exhibition at the Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he’s found dead. Set in midsummer, the book captures the unsettling nature of a landscape where the sun never quite sets and where people are not as they first seem.


Another fantastic book by Ann Cleeves! Excellent plot with an ending you will not be suspecting! I was so sure I knew ‘who did it’ and I was so wrong! You’ll be holding your breathe the last couple of pages!

I really like the unfolding of Perez’s relationship with Fran. The TV series has her already dead from the get go and we miss all that. And the descriptions of the ‘arctic’ light with the sun never setting in the summer was superb!

I checked this out at the library and will have to buy them a new book as this one took a swim in Horse Creek! We took the grandkids swimming at the waterfalls there and I thought I would sit on a rock and read, The water is ‘as-cold’, as the locals say with their accents! My 10 year old grandson loves getting to say ice cream, ice cold… with the accent  because he thinks he’s getting away with saying a naughty word! :0 Anyway I sat the book on the rock while I got myself sat down and it slid off and started floating down the stream! I yelled that’s a library book and Bossman grabbed it. It’s a little ‘puffy’ now and the pages are hard to turn. Oh well, at least its a wonderful read since I have to pay for it!

9 thoughts on “White Nights

  1. I haven’t read any Ann Cleeves in a while, so thanks for reminding me. Your library book had quite an adventure. We just got back from a week in Maine and I took a library book (The Ashes of London). I don’t usually do that, but it’s a long book and I thought it would be a good one for vacation. It was, but it didn’t float away or get eaten by a moose!


  2. So glad to hear the second book in the series suited you very well. Sorry about the ‘book bath’, but as my time at the library taught me, it happens. Ha! I’ve yet to start this series, but I loved the Vera books.


      • Well, people did bring in damaged books and sometimes you just didn’t want to inquire where the book got wet. Ha! Books also take on odors. The apartment complex next to our branch had a lot of people that cooked with very aromatic spices. The books would come through the bookdrop and the whole back of the library would smell of Indian or Mexican food. It would make you hungry. 😉

        Then there would be the people who would argue about having to replace a book or sadly, they would bring in a copy they had already bought to replace a book and we’d have to refuse it. The books were ordered already catalogued and prepared for library shelves. We couldn’t take one from the store.


  3. i have liked all the books (that I have read) in this series, Peggy. My favorite so far was the 4th one, the last one I read. Sounds like you had a nice outing, even if the book got wet.


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