The Year In Books ~ Thin Air by Ann Cleeves


Published yesterday Thin Air by Ann Cleeves has been earmarked for my September read for The Year In Books  for months. I think this is possibly my favourite detective series. Set in the Shetland Isles (currently the most northerly part of the UK but may not be this time next week) it is the location which I love most about these novels. Shetland is somewhere I'd love to visit, all that sky, wonderful.

 I love the detective too, Jimmy Perez who comes from Fair Isle (like the sweaters). His decidedly un-Scottish surname and Mediterranean looks are due apparently, to the fact that El Gran Grifon part of the Spanish Armada of 1588 is wrecked off Fair Isle.

This book is the sixth  in the Shetland series. There is also a tv series based on the books starring Douglas Henshall. I enjoyed the tv dramatisations despite the fact that Douglas Henshall looks nothing like Jimmy Perez and that characters and plots and even murderers were changed extensively. The one thing that wasn't changed was the beautiful location.


And look, I have flowers to match my book. Now that's something you can't do with a kindle


Life is good when things match.


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  1. I've just read the first in this series and I liked it very much.

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  2. Your thoughts in your first paragraph echo mine completely.
    Looking forward to her latest book very much, though I might have to reserve it on our mobile library as our bookshelves are overflowing. The bus is bringing me Robert Galbraith's latest and the first two of Phil Rickman's next week and I cannot wait.
    Love that striped fabric.

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    1. I'm listening (for the third time) to The Silkworm right now. The striped fabric is my duvet cover, fresh on today so I have lovely clean sheets for my new book!

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    2. does life get much better . . . it is always the simple things!

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  3. I'm looking forward to this one!

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  4. Anonymous4:22 pm BST

    I agree with everything you have said about the Shetland Series, both the books and television series. I did find the latter a bit irritating though, because like many TV programmes, to me anyway, it seemed to be filmed with some sort of dark lens over the camera. Maybe it's my age!
    I would love to visit the Shetland Isle, so if I ever manage it I will call for you on the way up, Sue!
    Frances SW

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  5. I was recently given a set of the Ann Cleeves detective books - so I'm delighted they have your seal of approval;-)


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  6. I'm 12th out of 47 on the library waiting list, so should have it for Christmas -I hope

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  7. A beautiful post - lovely flowers and thanks for the heads-up on the book!

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  8. I'll be your Shetland travel-pal if you need one... BigBean not too keen as there is a lack of trees...
    Did you read the whole thing in one go?
    Ax

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    1. Oh yes please be my travel pal. I'm only a couple of chapters in, don't want it to finish too soon.

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  9. This is my September read too! I only 'discovered' this series because of the Year in Books. Hope you enjoy it.

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  10. I once saw an episode (is episode the right word?) of Blue Peter that had a bit about the Shetland Islands and I was enamored at once! I may have to check this out. Did you make that beautiful stripy bag?

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    1. I did, you can read about it here.

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  11. Good evening from New York to you Sue.

    Once again I find such good coincidences/connections are possible via the wonders of the web.

    I am delighted to learn of a new Ann Cleeves novel featuring Jimmy Perez, and have just submitted a request to my marvelous library for a purchase of the UK edition of this new Thin Air. Otherwise, I'll have to wait until next May. I was introduced to these novels by a lovely lady who lives in California, whom I've met here in NYC, and who's just returned from a fabulous Shetland knitting tour. She's Lori Ann Graham and her blog is loritimesfive.blogspot.com

    I think you will love Lori's blogs about Shetland, California and many other places.

    Meanwhile, inbetween my own knitting, drawing, and so forth, I am reading Red Bones, with Blue Lightning waiting in the wings. None of the BBC filmed versions of Ann Cleeves novels have yet appeared over here, but having just done a bit ot research, I agree that Douglas Henshall does not seem to resemble the Jimmy Perez of the books.

    Moving on...I must tell you how beautiful those flowers are, with their wonderful autumn colors.

    xo

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  12. Now I've only seen the TV series and I absolutely loved it... Pleasing on the eye in many ways. ;-) But, loving crime fiction as I do, I think I'm going to have to try the books - in series order, of course. X

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    1. Oh, yes you absolutely must read them in order.

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  13. Love those dahlias! I also (sometimes, not always) match flowers to books; I even match bookmarks to books.
    Didn't take to the Vera novels of Ann Cleeves, but not tried the Shetland series. (Mind you, I enjoyed the recent series of Vera on TV.)
    Margaret P

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  14. I haven't heard of this series either the book or on TV (we don't have one so I supposed it is easy for me to 'miss' things). Like you I love the Shetland isles and would love to visit them one day. I think I might just have to check this series out, in order as you suggest!

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