Title: The Long Call (Two Rivers #1)
Author: Ann Cleeves
A solidly crafted British detective story set in modern day England. The characters are believable and well developed. The story starts out as a "simple" murder, if any murder can be simple, and then slowly builds to encompass the separate kidnapping of two learning disabled women and a sexual assault on a third learning disabled woman. The finale will come as a surprise to even the most accomplished armchair detective.
For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves—international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—embarks on a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.
The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.
An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Minotaur Books