Wednesday, June 10, 2020

On My Radar: Ann Cleeves' The Darkest Evening

It's no secret to any of you who have been reading my blog that I am an Ann Cleeves fangirl. I've met the woman twice (almost--but not quite-- rendered speechless both times), and I think she and her writing are extraordinary. So any notification of a new Ann Cleeves book is a cause for celebration, right? Right!

This time I've been dancing a jig because the newest Vera Stanhope mystery will be released on September 8, 2020, and I have to admit that the jig became a bit frenetic when I was given an advance reading copy of said book. Which book? The Darkest Evening. Let me share some information about it because I know several of you love Ann Cleeves' books, too.

Available September 8, 2020!


"On the first snowy night of winter, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. Though the road is familiar, she misses a turning and soon becomes lost and disorientated. A car has skidded off the narrow road in front of her, its door left open, and she stops to help. There is no driver to be seen, so Vera assumes that the owner has gone to find help. But a cry calls her back: a toddler is strapped in the back seat.

Vera takes the child and, driving on, she arrives at a place she knows well. Brockburn is a large, grand house in the wilds of Northumberland, now a little shabby and run down. It’s also where her father, Hector, grew up. Inside, there’s a party in full swing: music, Christmas lights and laughter. Outside, unbeknownst to the revelers, a woman lies dead in the snow.

As the blizzard traps the group deep in the freezing Northumberland countryside, Brockburn begins to give up its secrets, and as Vera digs deeper into her investigation, she also begins to uncover her family’s complicated past.

Sounds like a good'un, doesn't it? I've been holding off reading the ARC. Anticipation, you know!


  1. Oh, it does sound like a good 'un, Cathy! I like Cleeves' work very much, too, and it's always good to know when a new one is coming out. So...a lot to look forward to, I think.

  2. It is good, but then, everything I've read by Cleeve's has been good. There is a small change in this one that I especially liked.

    1. I'm looking forward to finding out what that is!


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