Silent Voices is the fourth book in Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope series – which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn as Vera.
No murder is ever simple . . .
When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, at first, she thinks it is a death from natural causes. But then Vera spots ligature marks around the victim’s throat and has another murder case on her hands.
The victim is Jenny Lister, who was an experienced social worker, but her neighbours are quick to inform Vera about Jenny’s involvement in a notorious case. A young child tragically died and a member of Jenny’s team was subsequently fired and vilified by the media.
As Vera tries to pry information from the secretive community another body is found, and Vera finds herself in a race against time to stop the killer.
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Northumbrian Det. Insp. Vera Stanhope makes her winning U.S. debut in this mildly chaotic police procedural, the fourth entry in a series that's the basis for Vera, a British TV crime show now filming its third season. When Vera discovers the strangled body of social worker Jenny Lister in the steam room of Newcastle's Willows Health Club, she assembles her irreverent but loyal crew, who start interviewing the staff. They eventually focus on Danny Shaw, the club's sly temporary cleaner. Meanwhile, Vera discovers a strong link between several women in Jenny's village, Barnard Bridge, who all have ties to Jenny and her work with foster families and adoptions. The entire team wisely uses an investigator's greatest resource: village gossip. Yet it is Stanhope herself a homely, overweight spinster with blotchy skin, a fondness for alcohol, and a toxic personality who, using intuition and subtle intimidation, brings all the disorganization to an illogical but satisfying conclusion.
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