Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope, 2)

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Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope, 2)

Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope, 2)

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She pulls you into the story and doesn't let you go; you will want to stay up late to finish this book. The ex-girlfriend of Abigail's father has been convicted but 10 years later new evidence proves her innocence. He and Vera end up making an unlikely friendship I thought with him doing what he could to help her out on the case, and Vera trying to not get too irritated with him. Now a civilian, Dan’s past is shrouded in mystery, but the arrival of Emma’s self-contained and studious brother, Christopher, who tells of his long held devoted love of Abigail makes Emma realise that perhaps she wasn’t quite so close to her friend as she believed at the time. We start off with a young housewife, Emma Bennett who sits around having fantasies about the local potter, Dan.

She lives in a fantasy world and has daydreams of having an affair, but stands by her husband even if she finds him less exciting. Franklin's performance is direct and punchy, matching the speed and shrewdness of Vera's first-rate mind.A cold case behind the plot with characters well-developed and Vera Stanhope with her unique ways of dealing with suspects always keep me intrigued. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence.

The MacMillan audio edition of Telling Tales, read by Julia Franklin, was shortlisted for an 'Audie' Award for best Mystery. In the autumn of 2006, Ann and Tim finally achieved their ambition of moving back to the North East. I had read The Crow Trap a couple of years ago and enjoyed very much, then got sidetracked by her Shetland series. Given that the second murder is investigated under the authority of the the Yorkshire force and Vera has a tendency to rub people up the wrong way, DS Joe Ashworth comes in handy as a foil to extract information in their tremendous double act.She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and still enjoys working with libraries. DI Stanhope may be confident and very proud but crucially she also recognises her own fallibility, and berates herself for missing the obvious (although it is never quite so obvious to her readers as to Vera). Now that Jeanie's innocence has been established there is a killer on the loose who thought they had gotten away with murder. The natural world here is all-powerful, striking rather than pretty and relationships in the community as bitter as the winds that scour the coast.

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