Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves

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August 27th, 2024: The Dark Wives

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Ann Cleeves Stats: The highest rated book by Ann Cleeves on Book Notification is Wild Fire, the 9th novel in the Shetland Island series. The second-highest rated book is Blue Lightning (Shetland Island #4).

The most read book by Ann Cleeves on Book Notification is Raven Black, the first novel in the Shetland Island series. The second most read book is The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope #1).

Below is a complete list of Ann Cleeves books in publication and chronological order, broken down by series. The most popular series by Ann Cleeves is the Shetland Island Series.

List of Palmer-Jones Books in Publication Order

List of Inspector Ramsay Books in Publication Order

List of Vera Stanhope Books in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
7.1
The Crow Trap
1999
2
8.2
Telling Tales
2005
3
7.6
Hidden Depths
2007
4
8.3
Silent Voices
2010
5
7.9
The Glass Room
2012
6
8.4
Harbour Street
2014
7
7.8
The Moth Catcher
2015
8
8.7
The Seagull
2017
9
7.3
Frozen
2020
10
8.4
The Darkest Evening
2020
11
7.5
The Woman on the Island
2022
12
7.8
The Rising Tide
2022
13
The Dark Wives
2024

List of Shetland Island Books in Publication Order

List of Shetland Island Non-Fiction in Publication Order

List of Two Rivers Books in Publication Order

List of Standalone Novels in Publication Order

List of Short Stories/Novellas in Publication Order

List of Collections in Publication Order

List of Ann Cleeves Anthologies in Publication Order

# ReadTitle Avg. Year Book Link
1
Best Eaten Cold and Other Stories: A Murder Squad Anthology
2011
2
6
The Library Book
2012
3
The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime Volume 10.
2013
4
Deadly Pleasures
2013
5
10
The Starlings & Other Stories
2015
6
Crime Writers: A Decade of Crime
2016
7
8
CWA Anthology of Short Stories: Mystery Tour
2017
8
Ten Year Stretch
2018
9
Bloody Scotland
2019
10
Many Deadly Returns
2021
11
An Unnecessary Assassin
2023
12
Killin’ Time in San Diego: Bouchercon Anthology 2023
2023
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Ann Cleeves: Biography

Ann Cleeves was born on October 24th, 1954 and is currently 69 years old. Ann Cleeves was born in Herefordshire, England. Cleeves attended University of Sussex where she studied English.

Ann Cleeves is the author of the Vera Stanhope series which currently consists of 13 novels. The Vera Stanhope series started in 1999 with the novel The Crow Trap. The most recently released novel in the Vera Stanhope series was The Rising Tide which was released in 2022. There is an upcoming novel for the Vera Stanhope series entitled The Dark Wives which is being released on August 27th, 2024.

Ann Cleeves has also written the Shetland Island series which has 9 books including Raven Black and White Nights.

Ann Cleeves has made the Honkaku Mystery Best 10 list twice. In 2008, Raven Black made #5 on the list. Red Bones was included on the 2012 list at #4.

Ann Cleeves won the 2015 Dead Good Reader Award in The Lee Child Award for Best Loner or Detective category for her character Vera Stanhope.

Ann Cleeves: Awards & Accolades

Ann Cleeves won Theakston's Old Peculier, Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction, in 2023. Ann Cleeves was also nominated for multiple awards including: The Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2003, and the Crime Writer's Association Award, Dagger in the Library Award, in 2015.

Cleeves' books have also won multiple awards, Raven Black won the Crime Writer's Association Award, Gold Dagger Award, in 2006. The Long Call won the Agatha Award, Best Contemporary Novel, in 2019.

Ann Cleeves books have also been nominated for multiple awards, The Glass Room was nominated for the Crime Thriller Awards, The Bestseller Dagger, in 2012. The Heron's Cry was nominated for the Ned Kelly Awards, Best International Crime Fiction, in 2022. Killin’ Time in San Diego: Bouchercon Anthology 2023 was nominated for the Anthony Award, Best Anthology / Collection, in 2024.

Related Authors

The most common authors followed by users who also follow Ann Cleeves are:

  1. Louise Penny, author of the Inspector Gamache Series.
  2. Michael Connelly, author of the Harry Bosch Series.
  3. Harlan Coben, author of the Myron Bolitar Series.
  4. David Baldacci, author of the Amos Decker Series.
  5. Tana French, author of the Dublin Murder Squad Series.

Ann Cleeves: F.A.Q

When was Ann Cleeves Born? How old is Ann Cleeves?

Ann Cleeves was born on October 24th, 1954. Ann Cleeves is currently 69 years old.

Where was Ann Cleeves Born?

Ann Cleeves was born in Herefordshire, England and is English.

What awards has Ann Cleeves won?

Ann Cleeves has won the following awards: Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction at Theakston's Old Peculier (2023).

What book awards has Ann Cleeves won?

Raven Black: Crime Writer's Association Award Gold Dagger Award (2006).
The Long Call: Agatha Award Best Contemporary Novel (2019).

What was the first book Ann Cleeves wrote?

The first novel written by Ann Cleeves was A Bird in the Hand, published in 1986.

What was the most recent book Ann Cleeves wrote?

Her most recently released work was The Raging Storm on September 5th, 2023.

Will there be any more books by Ann Cleeves?

Ann Cleeves has a new book coming out on August 27th, 2024 called The Dark Wives.

How many books has Ann Cleeves written?

Ann Cleeves has written 45 books across 10 series.
  • 8 books in the Palmer-Jones Series
  • 6 books in the Inspector Ramsay Series
  • 13 books in the Vera Stanhope Series
  • 9 books in the Shetland Island Series
  • 1 Shetland Island Non-Fiction
  • 4 books in the Two Rivers Series
  • 2 Standalone Novels
  • 1 Short Stories/Novellas
  • 1 Collections

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    Austin D.
    Austin D.
    2 years ago

    The novels from Ann Cleeves’ booklist are excellent, and provide a fantastic escape. She does a great job of making the weather, setting, and characters come to life vividly. Each of her series are fantastic, but the books about Vera Stanhope are probably my favorite.

    One of the best of her novels is The Darkest Evening, a Vera book, which provides some backstory about Vera, and she shows her softer side yet never loses that tough professional attitude that us readers have come to love from her.

    It’s also fun to chat with fellow readers about Vera and Jimmy’s different approaches to police work.

    Edgar A.
    Edgar A.
    2 years ago

    I was a huge fans of the Vera Stanhope series before I started reading the novels. Cleves makes some brilliant mystery thriller plots and writes some very vivid characters and settings in her works.
    Cleeves has written many interesting characters but Vera Stanhope the detective inspector has always been a favorite. She is a bit rough around the edges but has exceptional crime solving skills.
    These skills help her to resolve the bizarrely fascinating cases she works on as a detective in northern England.
    As a person that has always been fascinated by the psychology behind murder and crime, I love both the TV series and the novels as they both go deeper to provide insights rather than the typical procedural novel.
    Ann Cleeves has the skills to draw one into her characters and makes it impossible to tell if they will fall victim to murder or if they will be embroiled in one.

    Andrew M.
    Andrew M.
    2 years ago

    I have been in the mood to read crime fiction/ mystery books lately, so I began reading the Shetland Island series.
    The series kicks off so well, and different characters are allowed to represent their POV.
    Fran and detective Perez are realistic and fascinating characters.
    The mystery revolves around killing a little girl, and the story was so engaging to the last page.
    I am looking forward to watching the Shetland TV series soon after I’m through with the books.
    There are some unexpected twists in the novels, and I’m glad to have discovered more books by Ann Cleeves, thanks to this list of books.

    Kyler F
    Kyler F
    2 years ago

    Although I am more familiar with Ann Cleeves work from the two long-running ITV adaptations of her writing, Vera and Shetland, I have picked up a few of her novels and found them quite enjoyable. I must admit to staying away from her first outing, the Palmer-Jones series, as I have heard they are very rough to get through. However, her Vera Stanhope and Shetland Islands series are quite enjoyable, and even if there are differences and expansions from the novels in the TV show the original core of the series is here. I look forward to enjoying her writing for a while. 

    Michael K.
    Michael K.
    2 years ago

    Reading Ann Cleeves’ Shetland books after watching the Shetland series is an interesting experience. When I discovered the TV show, I watched all the episodes within a week. I know that the TV show adapted Cleeves’ stories. But I did not expect the books to match the quality of the TV show.

    I’m one of those people who prefer movies and TV shows to books because my imagination is poor. I enjoy seeing things on the screen instead of visualizing them.

    I still think the Shetland TV show is better. But the few Shetland books I’ve read so far haven’t disappointed me. Cleeves has a beautiful style. And her story is detailed enough that I can almost see the scenes she describes.

    DennyStein
    DennyStein
    6 months ago

    First Ann Cleeves books I’ve read are her newest series w DCI Venn. First book was so so but good enough to lure me to the second one. Much better. Characters maturing, pacing wa better. Will definitely read the next.

    JGM
    JGM
    Reply to  DennyStein
    6 months ago

    I enjoyed her character Vera more than Venn. Give them all a try..

    Tom
    Tom
    2 months ago

    Looking forward to reading some of her books.

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