Silent Voices

A Vera Stanhope Mystery

Cleeves, Ann

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Silent Voices
Discovering the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, Inspector Vera Stanhope, hoping that she has uncovered a simple natural-causes death, subsequently finds strangle bruises that reveal that the victim was murdered.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013
Edition: 1st U.S. Edition
ISBN: 9781250033581
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CLEEVES 2013
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,22 cm


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Everyone says Jenny Lister was the perfect Mom, co-worker, friend. But Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope thinks if that is true, why was she found murdered?

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May 16, 2012

Vera will tell you she's not gunning for Nicest Cop Award. She's blunt, frequently to the point of rudeness. But to her credit, is dogged & tenacious in hunting her prey. Vera is not out to make friends, but to solve murders; and she's very good at that!! I am hoping the new television series based on Cleeves' Vera Stanhope books makes it's way across the pond on either TVO or WNED. I believe Brenda Blethyn will make a superb Vera. She is one of Britains greatest actors around.
If you're looking for what I think are reffered to as "Cozies", as in a cozy, mild read by the fire this might not be for you, but read it anyway because it is a very well written mystery.

Dec 31, 2011

I had not read any of Annn Cleaves books before. This one I enjoyed, it kept me guessing 'til near the end who dun'it & why.
Vera Stanhope is quite a character & she sure loves to eat !

Sep 14, 2011
  • cheadlebeagle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this and the detective is a quirky character. I see there are DVDs of the tv series Vera based on these novels which should be interesting. I do prefer her stories set in Scotland though.

May 20, 2011
  • emerge rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting protagonist but really long winded plot.

May 19, 2011
  • Nords rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A really good mystery novel. I love Ann Cleeves as an author, particularily her recent 4 books set in the Shetland Islands. This one is a Vera Stanhope book. But you don't really need to have read any of the other books with her as the lead detective. Ann Cleeves does a great job in moving the plot forward and slowly introducing possible suspects. The setting of her books (in this case rural england near newcastle) are always really interesting and different then ones by american or canadian mystery authors. My only critique would be that this novel has a large cast of characters and at times I kept forgetting who was who. Also, there are a lot of english terms that take getting used to but this also adds to the authenticity of the book. A great read for mystery fans.


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