Harbour Street is the sixth book in Ann Cleeves crime novel series VERA which is a major TV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn on ITV As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revellers break the muffled silence Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro But when the traiHarbour Street is the sixth book in Ann Cleeves crime novel series VERA which is a major TV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn on ITV As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revellers 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 an old lady hasn t left the train Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train Nobody, including the policeman himself, sees the stabbing take place Margaret s murderer is seemingly invisible her killing motiveless Why would anyone want to harm this reserved, elegant lady Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the holiday festivities As she standing on the silent, snow covered station platform, Vera feels a familiar buzz of anticipation, sensing that this will be a complex and unusual case Soon Vera and Joe are on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived, to begin their inquiry 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 neighbourhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one streetWhy 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 Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices and The Glass Room Ann Cleeves Shetland series BBC television drama SHETLAND contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.
Harbour Street Harbour Street is the sixth book in Ann Cleeves crime novel series VERA which is a major TV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn on ITV As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle the shouts and laught
A First Rate Murder Mystery Harbour Street is an exceptional, entertaining murder mystery The author weaves a fine tale around a Scottish fishing village where the victim is murdered while riding on a crowded train Inspector Vera Stanhope is a feisty, independent, outspoken, no nonsense individual who works closely with her Sergeant and prot g e Joe There is much to like about Vera While she is quite fond of the easy going Joe, the Inspector notes it s easy to wind him up that really there was n [...]
This is the first Vera Stanhope novel I ve read it will not be the last and I have not watched the PBS TV show Vera But, I decided to try this Ann Cleeves series and am so happy I did A very enjoyable mystery and I love the fact that Vera is not the perfect detective That s not due to any dark secret but rather that Vera is older, overweight, out of shape, bold, and not always patient My kind of female lead I have found a new series to read and for me, that s a good thing
NO SPOILERA good solid Vera book I love that she is ugly, fat, getting on a bit and brilliant Makes a nice change from everyone being young, slim, beautiful and brilliant.Cracking story, I don t think the best of the Vera range but certainly a great read.I read a lot of murder crime books and I enjoyed this one I look forward to the next in the series.
Three and a half stars This was my first read by this author so I knew nothing about D.I Vera Stanhope before coming to this novel It didn t matter What I needed to know was revealed in the story I liked Vera and I liked her offsider Detective Joe Ashworth Actually, he would make an interesting character for his own series The scene is just before Christmas on crowded train when Margaret Krukowski, an elderly elegantly dressed woman, is stabbed to death Yet, it seems no one saw the murderer, eve [...]
Description As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revellers 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 an old lady hasn t left the train Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train Nobody, including the policeman himse [...]
Detective Joe Ashworth is on his way home after picking up his daughter when, due to excessive snowfall, the Metro they are on stops suddenly at Mardle, outside of Newcastle They are asked to leave and catch a bus, but Jess is worried when she sees an elderly woman who has fallen asleep She goes back to wake her up It looks like she has been stabbed, despite being surrounded by the passengers, as well as Joe After sending Jess home, he waits for Vera to arrive They discover the victim was living [...]
Really enjoyed this whodunnit of Ann Cleeves I had no clue who the killer was till they were caught and after the how and why was explained at the end all the little hints came to mind The book mostly revolves around unreliable witnesses spinning lies or not seeing the whole picture clearly All in all the story was brilliant and I can t wait to read of Cleeve s books
I enjoyed this series when I first encountered it Vera Stanhope was untypical for a detective inspector round and large in body shape, sharp in mind and tongue In this book she seems to have mellowed and I didn t find that positive The members of her team, Joe the family father and Holly the careerist, seem like caricatures The murder mystery itself is mind numbingly boring A woman is found murdered in the same subway car Joe and his daughter was in It turns out she is called Margeret and lives [...]
An elderly women gets stabbed in the train and the one to find the body is the daughter of Detective Joe Ashworth whose boss is Vera Stanhope and she will conduct the investigation of why an elderly woman who is apparently a saintly figure in the mind of all that know her Why did she live so long in that BB at Harbour Street and what is her role in the women shelter she helped with As the investigation gathers speed there is no clear view in what is the motive to kill the victim and why When ano [...]
Crime mystery set in Newcastle upon Tyne secrets are all I have left D.I Vera Stanhope knows her stuff, she actively engages in her cases, but she follows her intuition too She has built up a small, select team around her on whom she can rely Detective Joe Ashworth is her sidekick, upon whom she can really depend and Holly is her glamorous assistant, who simply wants to know she is doing things right But Vera struggles to know how to handle her These two women are afterall chalk and cheese, one [...]
Sometimes, I forget how much I love police procedurals Then I read a book such as Ann Cleeves latest Vera Stanhope mystery, Harbour Street Cleeves makes me regret every book I m reading that is not a procedural.Just before Christmas, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are taking the Metro train home when the train is forced to stop because of bad weather But, Jessie had noticed an elegant looking elderly woman didn t move when everyone else got off the train When she slipped back t [...]
First Sentence Joe pushed through the crowd.The last think Detective Joe Ashworth expects when taking his daughter Jessie Christmas shopping, is that she will find a dead body on the Metro Margaret Krukowsky had been a long term resident at Harbour House, but even those who spent time with her, know almost nothing about her Only when a second woman dies, do the facts start to come forward, and put Jessie in danger.How nice to have a story opening at the beginning of the actually story no prologu [...]
The sixth Vera Stanhope mystery An elegant and elderly woman is stabbed in a train, and Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jesse find the body Joe is the favored subordinate of the redoubtable Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope Vera seizes on the case as a relief from the social pressures of Christmas who would want to kill an old woman who devoted herself to charity and good works The mystery is very well done I didn t guess the killer at all, but looking back all the clues were there from the first [...]
Very good plot, kept me guessing till the very end.
Another fun puzzler involving Vera Stanhope her sidekick Joe Ashworth This one involves the murder of an old woman on the metro subway , her secrets, the secrets of the residents in the guest house where she lived, and the secrets people in the neighbourhood I enjoy books where the violence is off page and the problems and relationships between the characters are the focus of the story.Solid 3.5 stars.
I did not like this book at all In addition to a less than compelling plot, the characterization of the detective, a woman, was insulting She was described frequently as fat and even lifted food and hid it in her pockets and purse for later consumption It stereotyped in an obsessive manner her looks, lack of fitness and eating issues Although a mystery, the real mystery was why the focus on the detective s shortcoming.
The 6th book in the Vera Stanhope series, but can be read as a standalone Great traditional mystery Ann Cleeves gift lies in creating complex characters and her understanding of human psychology But she also writes a solid who dunnit Vera Stanhope is brilliant and flawed and engaging Multiple POVs allows the reader an intimate relationship with other characters No graphic sex or violence, appropriate for cozy readers.
I m as addicted to Ann Cleeves s mysteries as I was to Agatha Christie s when I was a teenager This one in the Vera Stanhope series was just as satisfying as the others I ve read great setting, well drawn and non stereotypical characters, and a plot that, as usual, I could not unravel If you need a relaxing escape read, Ann Cleeves is your gal.
We listened to this on the way home from Florida Ann Cleeves also wrote the Shetland murder series that a currently being dramatized on PBS Her mysteries are sufficiently complicated to hold my interest and the writing I have only listened to her books is of good quality I plan to read listen to of her books.
Harbour Street by Ann CleevesVera Stanhope series Book 64.5 sFrom The Book 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 a [...]
Seventy year old Margaret Krukowski is murdered on the Metro, shortly before the Christmas holiday Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are on their way home in the same Metro car when the murder occurs Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope welcomes the murder investigation since she s not at all looking forward to the Christmas festivities But when town prostitute Dee is also murdered, Dee s ties to Harbour Street tells Vera that there s much going on than meets the eye Will feisty Vera [...]
Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves is also one from November or December that I had not reviewed I read one of the books in the Vera Stanhope series before I started blogging, and I ve read two books in her Shetland Island series, but haven t kept up with this author like I should It s a shame because Cleeves creates fascinating characters and atmospheric settings with great twisty plots A trip to the library is in order so I can catch up with both Vera Stanhope and Inspector Jimmy Perez.Cleeves exce [...]
Review Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves.This is the first book I have read in the series I enjoyed Vera Stanhope s character She has her own appeal that draws the reader in following her actions throughout the book The writing style was brilliant which enhanced the setting of an old England town The author really captures the dark side of England and moves the story one page at a time with her well developed characters There were lots of twist and turns that never gave away what was going to happen [...]
I loved this I was a little disappointed at first, not because of anything wrong with the book or the writing but simply because I realised we d seen the tv adaptation quite recently and I thought I remembered the whodunnit In the end, that proved not to matter Whether the plot had been rewritten for tv, or whether I d just remembered wrong, the ending still came as quite a surprise And in any case Ms Cleeves skill, the twists and turns and the sheer loveability of the characters Vera Stanhope i [...]
I love Vera Stanhope novels I am so thankful that I ran across themThere is now one that I have no read and it is orderedThis story begins with the murder of an older woman on a train When Vera and her team begin to investigate her life they find that she is well thought of, volunteers time to a womans home, is active in her church however she is very private and everyone said she had secrets As they begin to track down the secrets a 2nd murder occursI love how well described each character is i [...]
4.5 Stars This was definitely one of the best books in this series so far Vera is an interesting character, although I sometimes feel her feeling sorry for herself does grate on me, I also wished she would communicate to us as readers what she is thinking This is the only thing that stops this from being a five star read This book had a very intriguing plot with a double murder that you kept trying to work out as to whether the murder was linked to events in the past or to current day events Ve [...]
I ve been longing for a good British murder mystery and this was the perfect find I ve not read any Ann Cleeves before but I will look for .A dignified elderly woman is stabbed to death on a commuter train and no one can understand why The police descend onto a slightly shabby place called Harbour Street to find out what happened Events balloon and soon another woman is dead Long ago secrets spill out and a current evil doer tries to take advantage of it.This has it all atmosphere, strong intere [...]
Ann Cleeves is an excellent writer who keeps her clues very close to the vest Her characters are very well developed and her plots are quite entertaining with plenty of twists and turns I enjoyed the fact that Vera Stanhope delegated responsibilities to her crew than in the earlier books in the series The storyline kept me engaged and guessing until the very last pages I now look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Moth Catcher, and highly recommend this series to those who love [...]
Pues me ha gustado todo de este libro la ambientaci n, la inspectora protagonista, su car cter y sus reflexiones, la manera en que se desarrolla la investigaci n, paulatinamente, poco a poco La autora nos va dejando peque as pistas aqu y all , aunque, al menos para m , no han sido suficientes para encontrar al asesino Tambi n me han gustado las relaciones entre los personajes y la profundidad psicol gica de los mismos, todos con sus luces y sus sombras Sin duda repetir con alg n libro de esta se [...]
I m finding that I don t like these characters in the book as much as on the tv series I love Brenda Blethyn so much as Vera that, perversely, I m upset when her description in the book is different I suppose that comes from having seen the series before reading the books But, Brenda Blethyn brings life to the character, and gives you reason to like her, despite her irascibility.