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Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets Outlander in this action-packed Scottish romance where a marriage of convenience leads to secrets that could be deadly.


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He’s a heavenly outcast. She’s a mortal woman with unearthly gifts. Can they ward off a rising apocalypse?


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When times are tough, there’s always a little Blessings to go around


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A rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy...


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He's sent to kill his soul mate...can he?


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Is love just something you find in books?


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Is he on the rebound or just escaping a crazy Bridezilla?


Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves
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Ann Cleeves grew up in the country, first in Herefordshire, then in North Devon. Her father was a village school teacher. After dropping out of university she took a number of temporary jobs - child care officer, women's refuge leader, bird observatory cook, auxiliary coastguard - before going back to college and training to be a probation officer.

While she was cooking in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle, she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. She was attracted less by the ornithology than the bottle of malt whisky she saw in his rucksack when she showed him his room. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. They were the only residents, there was no mains electricity or water and access to the mainland was at low tide across the shore. If a person's not heavily into birds - and Ann isn't - there's not much to do on Hilbre and that was when she started writing. Her first series of crime novels features the elderly naturalist, George Palmer-Jones.

In 1987 Tim, Ann and their two daughters moved to Northumberland and the north east provides the inspiration for many of her subsequent titles. The girls have both taken up with Geordie lads. In the autumn of 2006, Ann and Tim finally achieved their ambition of moving back to the North East.

For the National Year of Reading, Ann was made reader-in-residence for three library authorities. It came as a revelation that it was possible to get paid for talking to readers about books! She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and still enjoys working with libraries.

In 2006 Ann Cleeves was the first winner of the prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award of the Crime Writers' Association for Raven Black, the first volume of her Shetland Quartet. On 18th October 2012 at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards, in the glittering surroundings of Grosvenor House, London, Ann was admitted to the Crime Thriller Hall of Fame - alongside such all-time greats as Colin Dexter, Agatha Christie, and Arthur Conan Doyle!

Ann's books have been translated into twenty languages. She's a bestseller in Scandinavia and Germany. Her novels sell widely and to critical acclaim in the United States.

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Series

Vera Stanhope | Shetland Island

Books:

The Long Call, September 2019
Hardcover
The Seagull, November 2018
Vera Stanhope #8
Trade Size (reprint)
Wild Fire, September 2018
Shetland Island #8
Hardcover
Cold Earth, July 2018
shetland Island #7
Trade Size (reprint)
The Glass Room, May 2018
Vera Stanhope #5
Trade Size (reprint)
Hidden Depths, February 2018
A Vera Stanhope Mystery #3
Trade Size (reprint)
The Moth Catcher, September 2017
Trade Size
The Seagull, September 2017
Vera Stanhope #8
Hardcover
Telling Tales, September 2017
Vera Stanhope #2
Trade Size (reprint)
Cold Earth, April 2017
Shetland Island #7
Hardcover
The Crow Trap, March 2017
Vera Stanhope
Trade Size
The Moth Catcher, October 2016
Vera Stanhope
Hardcover
Harbour Street, September 2016
Vera Stanhope #6
Trade Size (reprint)
Thin Air, August 2016
Shetland Mystery
Trade Size
Harbour Street, December 2015
Vera Stanhope #6
Paperback
Thin Air, May 2015
Shetland #6
Hardcover
Dead Water, February 2015
Sheltand #5
Paperback (reprint)
Silent Voices, July 2014
Vera Stanhope #4
Trade Size (reprint)
Dead Water, February 2014
Shetland Island #5
Hardcover
Silent Voices, May 2013
Vera Stanhope #4
Hardcover
Blue Lightning, October 2010
Shetland Island #4
Hardcover
Red Bones, October 2010
Sheltand #3
Trade Size (reprint)
White Nights, June 2009
Sheltand Island #2
Trade Size (reprint)
White Nights, September 2008
Shetland Island #2
Hardcover
Raven Black, July 2008
Sheltand #1
Trade Size

 

 

 

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