Hidden Depths

Hidden Depths

A Vera Stanhope Mystery

Book - 2018
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Investigator Vera Stanhope searches for a young man's killer and uncovers a small town's secrets.
On a hot summer on the Northumberland coast, Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. The stylized murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team baffled ... and intrigued. Meanwhile, the killer prepares for another watery grave ...
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781250107343
1250107342
9781250135179
1250135176
9781250107350
1250107350
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 22 cm

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Roundcat
May 11, 2020

Someone has been strangling people and arranging their bodies in artistic positions in water with flowers. Vera Stanhope finds this a fascinating puzzle, but what could a group of bird watchers have to do with it? One by one she finds the clues, and with Joe Ashworth's help, she combines their talents to eliminate all sorts of guilty secrets that have nothing to do with the crimes, until finally the murderer is tracked down. Matching wits with Vera and trying to figure out who is the murderer kept me intrigued.

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maipenrai
Mar 22, 2020

I always enjoy Ann Cleeves' series - Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez - in books and on DVD's. This was not my favorite of the mysteries, but it was still a "good read". Highly recommend both series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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nelll
Feb 23, 2020

An awesome book....I’ve just discovered Ann Cleeves...I’ve watched all of Vera...you actually hear her voice as you read. Enjoy...

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LauraSteinert
Oct 19, 2019

I've watched six season of Vera, so I thought I'd read the books. This one I sort of remember from possibly season one or two of the BBC production. There were so many differences that the book still held surprises. It is also much better than the first two of the series.
Cleeves still makes it a point to say how ugly and fat Vera is, but she doesn't beat you over the head with it in book #3. That makes the book more enjoyable than the two earlier books, for me. If there had been two or three fewer characters, I'd have been a bit happier with the overall story. But with four men, their wives, ex wives, children, co workers, and the neighbors and work associates and room mates of the murder victims, it got to be a lot of people to juggle. (Plus first names and last names and ranks used in different places.) Had I not kept saying "who?" I'd have given this a full five stars.

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fred98115
Oct 16, 2019

A teen-age boy is murdered and his body is staged. A few days later a live-in tutor is slain and her body staged. Vera Stanhope is called on to bring the killers to justice.

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WoodneathLaura
May 10, 2019

Third Vera mystery. The mystery is good, but it was a little bit of a challenge to keep track of which bird watcher was which.

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CabiriCat
Jan 08, 2019

Boy, can this lady write when she wants to. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and character development of this plot. It went right through till the end. Good old fashioned northern English crime mystery. Vera Stanhope is a great character. I believe this is the 3rd book in the series. Another excellent writer in this vein...Val McDermid.

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randalljay
Jul 17, 2016

I really liked this. The right number of characters and clever relationships. Well written too...and it is better than the Video.

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gloryb
Jan 30, 2016

This story is in Set 1 of Vera which I have viewed. The book, however, is better than the DVD version. 4 friends , again birders, are the focus of this story. A young women and a teen boy have been murdered in similar ways in the same area. Remarkable how each character in the story could be a suspect.

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imillington
Dec 07, 2010

very good
Vera Stanhope mystery

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