Review 1505: Cold Earth

Jimmy Perez is attending the funeral of Magnus, an old man who was a recluse for years, when the hillside above the cemetery collapses in a landslide, taking out a cottage further down the hill. Jimmy thinks the cottage is unoccupied, but he goes to check. There he finds the body of a woman, apparently killed in the slide.

While Jimmy’s team struggles to identify the woman, the coroner lets them know that the woman was already dead inside the cottage. She was strangled. Jimmy must call in his boss, Willow Reeves, from the mainland. He finds he’s thinking of her more and more.

When the team thinks they’ve identified the woman as the American owner of the cottage, they have another setback. She is at work in New York and has no idea who might be using her cottage. In any case, the dead woman was using her name when she crossed over to the island.

As usual with Cleeves, this was an interesting but difficult puzzle. I have to say that there was so little apparent connection between the victim and the murderer that it was almost cheating. Also, the novel seemed to conclude a little too quickly after the build-up at the end. Still, I enjoyed reading it.

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6 thoughts on “Review 1505: Cold Earth

  1. Christine May 11, 2020 / 11:52 am

    I recently finished this series. I liked it a lot, although more for the atmosphere & the characters than for the mysteries themselves. I haven’t read any of the Vera books, but I love the series, so I consider myself a Cleeves fan.

    • whatmeread May 11, 2020 / 2:46 pm

      I think the mysteries are pretty good, in general, but I like the characters and atmosphere as well.

  2. Jane May 13, 2020 / 8:50 am

    I haven’t read any Anne Cleeves but the name Jimmy Perez is familiar, was this also a series on TV?

    • whatmeread May 13, 2020 / 10:42 am

      Yes, it’s the Shetland series.

      • Jane June 5, 2020 / 11:59 am

        I loved Shetland, I didn’t realise it was based on a literary character. . .

      • whatmeread June 5, 2020 / 12:10 pm

        Yes, it was. I started watching both the Shetland and the Vera series on TV before reading the books, all by Ann Cleeves!

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