Harbour Street

Harbour Street

eBook - 2014
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Harbour Street is the next spellbinding installment in Ann Cleeves' series of crime novels about Vera Stanhope, played in the TV detective drama VERA by Brenda Blethyn.

As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro.

But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed.

Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the holiday festivities. As she stands on the silent, snow-covered station platform, Vera feels a familiar buzz of anticipation, sensing that this will be a complex and unusual case.

Then, just days later, a second woman is murdered. Vera knows that to find the key to this new killing she needs to understand what had been troubling Margaret so deeply before she died - before another life is lost. She can feel in her bones that there's a link. Retracing Margaret's final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighborhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street...

Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?

Told with piercing prose and a forensic eye, Ann Cleeves' gripping new novel explores what happens when a community closes ranks to protect their own-and at what point silent witnesses become complicit.

Publisher: [London] : Macmillan, 2014
ISBN: 9781466881051
1466881054
9781743518793
174351879X
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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zipread
Dec 17, 2016

I've only recently discovered Anne Cleves. Her Shetland series has made the transition to the small screen: that was my first exposure to her writing. This novel gives is the bassis for her Vera Stanhope series, also transitioned to TV where both were the basis for 90 minute episodes.
Harbour Street, which features an overweight, middle-aged copper who likes her occasional nip of the spirits to brighten her mood.
Harbour Street is set an a rather seedy down and out street in the fishing town of Mardle. Definitely the town has seen better days and more fish.
Margaret, an elegant and stylish sixty-something year old lives upstairs in the boarding house. She does good works in the community but she carries some secrets. On her way home from the city, two weeks before Christmas, riding the Metro in a jam-packed carriage full of Christmas shoppers, Margaret is stabbed to death. No one notices her death until the carriage finally empties of all its passengers.
So who killed Margaret? Who would want to kill Margaret? And why?
The novel answers these questions as best it can. Some of the characters Cleeves invents are unsavoury, other no so much. It seems there are many who might have an interest in making her disappear, especially as some of secrets surface.
Cleeves doesn't give up the truth surface easily. And when the truth does finally appear it is not what we expected?
Did I enjoy this book? Answer: I'm on the prowl for mor of Ann Cleeves.

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maipenrai
Oct 21, 2016

6TH BOOK IN Vera Stanhope SERIES. BOOK 5 AVAILABLE THRU MNLINK

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randalljay
Oct 08, 2016

One of the better ones. I like the book character better than the TV one - more eccentric. Also I like the italicized description of the character's thoughts.

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gloryb
Feb 07, 2016

i never even had a clue who the murderer would be in this novel. When the person was revealed, it was definitely a surprise. Another great read with Vera Stanhope as DI in a northern English seaside town.

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Daphne57
Mar 14, 2014

The plot was good; however I wanted to strangle Vera many times; too controlling, too large (in every way) and felt sorry for her poor team.

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