The photo is of flowers and a card from my eldest for Mother's day which seems such a long time ago now.
Vera tracks the young woman down to the Writer’s House, a country retreat for aspiring authors. Things get complicated when a body is discovered and Vera’s neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over. She’s too close to the main suspect. But the investigation is too tempting and she’s never been one to follow the rules. Vera must find a killer who has taken murder off the page and is making it real . . .
When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, at first, she thinks it is a death from natural causes. But then Vera spots ligature marks around the victim’s throat and has another murder case on her hands.
The victim is Jenny Lister, who was an experienced social worker, but her neighbours are quick to inform Vera about Jenny’s involvement in a notorious case. A young child tragically died and a member of Jenny’s team was subsequently fired and vilified by the media.
As Vera tries to pry information from the secretive community another body is found, and Vera finds herself in a race against time to stop the killer.
Hidden Depths is book 3 of the Vera Standhope series
A hot summer on the Northumberland coast and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers.
This stylized murder scene has captured Inspector Vera Stanhope’s attention. And then another body is discovered in a rock pool, the corpse again strewn with flowers. Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death.
As local residents are forced to share their deepest, darkest secrets, the killer watches, waits and plans to prepare another beautiful, watery grave . . .
I still have two of the Shetland books to read and probably should have read these in order but I really enjoyed it all the same. Unlike the Vera Stanhope books these novels are not exactly the same as the TV series. Whilst some of the characters are the same DI Perez's step daughter is still only a young girl in the books. The storylines in the TV are very different to those of the novels they were based on but that has made the novels all the more enjoyable for me. Not quite as fast pace as the other novels in the series but still a fitting end and probably the right time to say goodbye to this beloved character.
It's not that single mum Charlotte Newman is completely and utterly obsessed with crafting, necessarily.
And finally I went for a complete departure from Ann Cleeves and read The Crafternoon Sewcial Club by J C Williams. It kept popping up as a recommended read and whist I wanted something that was a light read I wouldn't necessarily have gone for this book ordinarily. I'm glad I did and it would make a great holiday read for anyone lucky enough to be escaping to somewhere hot or not as the case may be.
On the good old telebox when I managed to stay a wake I did watch a whole range of things that I had either missed or didn't know about until I happen to come across them,
The Fall starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan was absolutely fantastic and I don't know how I missed it when it was on originally. The story of a serial killer is told over three series and if you are looking for something to watch on a wet and windy day I would definitely recommend you watch this series. There aren't may things I can get the bearded one to watch in succession but so grip were we that we spent an entire day watching all three series. I believe it is still available on BBC iPlayer
My last offering for today is the series Hidden starring Sian Reese-Williams. She plays the character of DI Cadi John. This is a series from BBC Wales, predominantly English speaking with some subtitles for the parts spoken in welsh but easily able to follow in either language. Set over 3 series you follow Cadi's return home to Wales to help her sisters look after her terminally ill father. During this time she learns a lot about her family, the place she grew up and herself.
Again not normally I would of chosen to watch but I am so glad I did and thoroughly enjoyed the series.
Well I think I have rambled on enough for one sitting, hopefully won't be away so long next time at which time I will catch you up on my crafty endeavors. Until then take care everyone.