Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series.
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.
The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.
From Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of Vera and Shetland, beloved by readers and TV viewers alike, comes a spectacular new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.
About: The Long Call is a mystery thriller written by Ann Cleeves. It was recently published on 9/3/2019 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 384 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, British literature, and fiction. This is book one in a new series called Two Rivers. According to Macmillan’s website, “Minotaur established in 1999, Minotaur is a premier publisher in the bestselling category of crime fiction. St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Long Call on 9/22/2019 and finished it on 9/29/2019. This book is a great read! One thing I love about reading a foreign book is the foreign terms that I don’t hear everyday like breakfast TV for morning news and pissed for drunk. The story is slow paced for me with so many people to investigate. The characters’ lives aren’t that exciting to me, except Maurice and his daughter. I like his love, care, and worry for her and even though she’s grown he still views her as his little girl and feels joy when she smiles. I also like Gaby. The terminology she uses is funny, like god-botherer.
This book is told in the third person point of view following Detective Matthew Venn as he attempted to attend his father’s funeral when he received a phone call informing him of a dead body found on the beach in the same neighborhood as his home. The second view is Maurice, 80. He outlived his wife and now takes care of his Down Syndrome’s daughter Lucy, 30. The third view is Jen, Sergeant, worked with Mathew to investigate the murder scene. The fourth view is Gaby, artist and roommate of the dead body found. The chase is on to figure out who the killer is as readers get to know Mathew Venn and why he’s reluctant to attend his father’s funeral.
The Long Call is well written for older readers I believe because they might enjoy all that descriptions of the landscapes. I like that there seems to be a puzzle that readers have to connect. The victim seems to be a stranger and unrelated to anyone but somehow he ended up dead is interesting. I like that this book brings attention to adults with Down’s Syndrome. The ending was well executed when all players brought to light. I like that I couldn’t guess who the killer was. I do recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: Britain’s mystery, Down’s Syndrome, puzzle-like connecting victim, parents/kids relationships
Con: slow paced
I rate it 4 stars!
About the Author:
Ann Cleeves is the multi-million copy bestselling author behind two hit television series—the BBC’s Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, and ITV’s Vera, starring Academy Award Nominee Brenda Blethyn—both of which are watched and loved in the US. Her brand new Two Rivers series will launch in September 2019, with The Long Call.
Shetland is available in the US on Netflix, Amazon Video, Britbox, and PBS, and Vera is available on Hulu, Amazon Video, BritBox, and PBS.
The first Shetland novel, Raven Black, won the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel, and Ann was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger in 2017. She lives in the UK. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.