The Long Call is the No.1 bestselling first novel in the Two Rivers 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.
Soon to be a major ITV crime drama.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Ann Cleeves has already had her Vera Stanhope and Shetland Island series adapted into long-running TV shows—ITV’s Vera and the BBC’s Shetland. She might soon be enjoying another small-screen success if this taut and twisting start to her Two Rivers series is anything to go by. When a body is discovered on a North Devon beach and linked to the abduction of two vulnerable women, Detective Matthew Venn’s investigations lead him to a sinister web of high-level abuse and cover-ups. Cleeves places beautifully drawn characters in evocatively written locations and sensitively explores issues including same-sex marriage, religious intolerance and disability.
Set in Devon, England, this thoughtful series launch from bestseller Cleeves (the Vera Stanhope series) introduces Det. Insp. Matthew Venn, who spent his childhood among the Barum Brethren, a strict evangelical community led by the charismatic Dennis Salter. As a teenager, Matthew rejected the teachings of the community and was banished. Now in his late 30s, the tightly wound and reserved Matthew works in nearby Barnstable and is married to Jon, who runs a multi-use community arts center called Woodward. When a local man turns up stabbed to death on a beach near Matthew and Jon's house, the resulting investigation draws a few too many connections to Woodward including that the victim volunteered there and soon Matthew's past and present lives begin to collide. Cleeves makes good use of Devon local color and populates this subtle, expertly paced mystery with distinctive supporting characters. Hopefully, future installments will delve even further into the intriguing Barum Brethren.
Review of The Long Call
This was the first book by Ann cleeves that I have read and look forward to reading the next in the series
Loved the Vera Stanhope novels but the plot in this debut novel, seemed overwrought to me. I didn’t find the main characters gay relationship convincing either.
The Long Call
Anne Cleese does it again very good read.