The Long Call is the captivating first novel in a brand new series from Sunday Times bestseller and creator of Vera and Shetland, Ann Cleeves.
In North Devon, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. The day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too.
Now he's back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region; a complex place not quite as idyllic as tourists suppose.
A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew's new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.
Finding the killer is Venn's only focus, and his team's investigation will take him straight back into the community he left behind, and the deadly secrets that lurk there.
The Long Call, the first book in a stellar new series by the UK's Queen of Crime, has been optioned for TV by Silverprint, the production company behind Vera and Shetland.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Following her two hugely successful series, Vera and Shetland, celebrated crime author Ann Cleeves returns with the first instalment of the Two Rivers series. Cleeves excels at exploring the underbelly of close-knit communities amid breathtaking landscapes, and The Long Call is no exception. Set on the coast of North Devon, a murder leads reticent DI Matthew Venn—recently returned to the area after a long estrangement—on a collision course with his past. Layered characters and sensitively explored issues like same-sex marriage, religious intolerance and disability make this an absorbing read, with plenty of twists that kept us eager for more.
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The Long Call
Good Read did not disappoint would have given it 5/5 except being shoved down your throat. Every. Chapter the “husband” status’s of the protagonists relationship.