The Long Call

The Long Call


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For the first time in 20 years, Ann Cleeves --international bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows-- embarks on 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 father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, 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 into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

Title:The Long Call
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    The Long Call Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Five blazing, fantastic stars to the one of the best crime thrillers of this year! Clap! Clap! Clap!You know the long call is the most complex vocalization of GULL’s repertoire can be heard year-rou...

  • MarilynW

    After I watched the British version of Broadchurch, and read the book, I have been interested in watching the series, Shetland, written by Ann Cleeves. I haven't gotten around to it yet but I did just...

  • Paula

    What a pleasure it is to read such a well written character-driven mystery!British author, Ann Cleeves, has brought to life a very fine new character in Senior Detective Matthew Venn. He is not your t...

  • Thomas

    4 stars for a well done police procedural.I have read 1 other book by Ann Cleeves, "The Crow Trap" which is book 1 in the Vera Stanhope series. I gave that book 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because it mo...

  • Paromjit

    The veteran crime writer Anne Cleeves begins a new series set in North Devon, between the 2 rivers, Taw and Torridge, where DI Matthew Venn, a gay man is his 40s married to his husband, Jonathan, is a...

  • Peter

    CulpabilityThe new series opener from the prolific crime writer Ann Cleeves establishes the foundation for another enthralling series, that I'm sure will receive many justified accolades. The Long Cal...

  • Liz

    Ann Cleeves has started a new series with The Long Call. The book, named for the cry of a herring gull, “The cry which always sounded to him like an inarticulate howl of pain.” Cleeves has develop...

  • megs_bookrack

    The Long Call is darkly evocative and smartly written.My first Ann Cleeves did not disappoint. I am already anticipating the next installment to this all new, Two Rivers, series and it hasn't even bee...

  • Christine

    I have been wanting to try Ann Cleeves for several years now. When I saw she was starting a new series and I had a chance to get an advanced review copy, I decided it was time to pull the trigger (AKA...

  • Diane S ?

    A new series from Sleeves takes us to North Devon, and introduces us to police detective Matthew Venn. Venn, an ex member of the religious sect the Brethren has been booted out for non belief. He and ...