Wild Fire is the much-anticipated final entry in Ann Cleeves's beloved Shetland series, which is now a hit television show starring Douglas Henshall.
"Nothing short of riveting."—Louise Penny on Blue Lightning
"Gripping from start to finish."—Booklist
"Jimmy Perez is a fine creation."—Peter Robinson
The betrayal of those closest burns most of all . . .
Hoping for a fresh start, an English family moves to the remote Shetland islands, eager to give their autistic son a better life.
But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn beside their home, rumors of her affair with the husband spread like wildfire. As suspicion and resentment of the family blazes in the community, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate. He knows it will mean his boss, Willow Reeves, returning to run the investigation, and confronting their complex relationship.
With families fracturing and long-hidden lies emerging, Jimmy faces the most disturbing case of his career.
In CWA Diamond Dagger winner Cleeves's excellent eighth Shetland Island mystery (after 2017's Cold Earth), designer Helena Fleming and her family have settled in a remote community on Shetland, where she has become a local celebrity by using "Shetland wool to create garments that were shown at London Fashion Week." One day, Helena is dismayed to find a crude drawing tucked inside a copy of the Shetland Times depicting a gallows. Soon afterward, her 11-year-old son discovers the body of their neighbor's young nanny, Emma Shearer, hanging from a beam in their byre. Det. Insp. Jimmy Perez, who initially takes charge of what could be a murder case, calls in a crime team from Inverness, which includes his occasional lover, Willow Reeves, who brings emotional complications to the investigation. A number of local residents appear to have had some sort of an ax to grind with Emma, and several suspects emerge. Intricately plotted and elegantly written, this installment is billed as Perez's final case. Series fans will be sorry to see the last of him.
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This was a big letdown from the usual Jimmy Perez books. It even felt as though he was a supporting character, not the main one.