Dead Water : Shetland Series 5, Paperback

Dead Water : Shetland Series 5 Paperback

Part of the Shetland series

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Dead Water is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, SHETLAND.

When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, outside the house of the Fiscal, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in to head up the investigation.

Since the death of his fiancee, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred and he decides to help the inquiry.

Markham - originally a Shetlander but who had made a name for himself in London - had left the islands years before.

In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl, Evie Watt, who is now engaged to a seaman.

He had few friends in Shetland, so why was he back? Willow and Jimmy are led to Sullum Voe, the heart of Shetland's North Sea oil and gas industry.

It soon emerges from their investigation that Markham was chasing a story in his final days.

One that must have been significant enough to warrant his death ...Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones and Blue Lightning. Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series (ITV television drama VERA) contains five titles, of which The Glass Room is the most recent.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781447202080



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I was really sad when I got to the end of the Shetland quartet so I was over the moon when I heard that Ann Cleeves was writing more books in the series. In Dead Water, Jimmy Perez is still coming to terms with the terrible tragedy that happened in Blue Lightning. He's still off work, but the death of Shetlander Jerry Markham, a journalist who had moved to London but was back on the islands visiting, fires up his investigative skills once more. Working again with Sandy Wilson and with newcomer Willow Reeves, he takes his brooding personality and dark looks around the island to try and work out what has happened.I do love this series. The backdrop of the Shetlands seems a bit like Jimmy, dark and brooding. The island life is quite fascinatingly portrayed. I never had a clue who the culprit was until it was revealed, which I think is clever plotting and no mean feat. I'm happy to see that book six is already out so there is more of this great series to delight me with.

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