Everyone of these books by Ann Cleeves has so much to keep the reader enthralled. This was my third novel incorporating Vera Stanhope and her team. What a character she is. The portrayal of Vera by Brenda Blethyn in the tv series provides such a clear picture of her personality. I am sure the author will agree. I shall continue to read Ms Cleeves excellent stories and would recommend them to all readers looking for mystery and suspense from beginning to end.