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READ KINDLE ì The Crow Trap ⚹ Vera Stanhope s first appearance was in The Crow Trap, published inand now available in a new edition it forms the third episode of the TV seies Vera, adapted by Stephen BradyAt the isolated Baikie s Cottage on the North Pennines, three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayalFor team leader Rachael Lambert the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hideWhen Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness Bella, it appears, has committed suicide a verdict Rachael finds impossible to acceptOnly when the next death occurs does a fourth woman enter the picture the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, who must piece together the truth from these women s tangled lives This is the first Vera Stanhope novel It took a long time to get the the point when Stanhope enters the story which is my reason for 4 stars There are characters who hide their past and even their identity There is an early suicide which leads Vera to investigate hidden links between characters The setting is the North Pennines which are in County Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Cumbria Vera s backstory in the book varies somewhat from the TV series And although she is not a fash This is the first Vera Stanhope novel It took a long time to get the the point when Stanhope enters the story which is my reason for 4 stars There are characters who hide their past and even their identity There is an early suicide which leads Vera to investigate hidden links between characters The setting is the North Pennines which are in County Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Cumbria Vera s backstory in the book varies somewhat from the TV series And although she is not a fashion plate on TV, she is described in a way in the book which makes her sound like she could be mistaken for someone who is homeless, and living on the street The audiobook is pleasantly narrated by Anne Dover I can t comment on the accuracy of the accent I have a friend who lives in Northern England and finds the accent of the TV character, Vera Stanhope, quite inaccurate I m venture a guess that there is quite a lot of variation in accents in the region Living in Boston for many years, I found there were many differences from neighborhood to neighborhood This is the first book in the Vera Stanhope series and gee it was good I very much enjoy the TV series based on these books and I have to say that they chose really good actors to represent both Vera and Joe As I was reading I could just visualise them saying the words Such a good book 535 pages but all of them so good that I seemed to be finished in no time I always find that with a really good mystery I just never want to put it down and this is a really good mystery.So good in fact that This is the first book in the Vera Stanhope series and gee it was good I very much enjoy the TV series based on these books and I have to say that they chose really good actors to represent both Vera and Joe As I was reading I could just visualise them saying the words Such a good book 535 pages but all of them so good that I seemed to be finished in no time I always find that with a really good mystery I just never want to put it down and this is a really good mystery.So good in fact that I honestly had no idea who the murderer was The end came as a complete surprise to me although with hindsight there were clues aplenty.I always enjoy the way Ann Cleeves writes and I am also partly way through her Shetland series I think this series may be even better My first introduction to author Ann Cleeves and her protagonist Vera Stanhope did not go well.The book first delves into the lives of three women who are sharing temporary quarters while conducting an environmental assessment prior to digging a quarry One of them is killed Each woman was given a lengthy chapter Vera shows up officially to investigate at the start of Part Two, about halfway through The book is overly long at 535 pages and generally plods along to the conclusion.I checked revi My first introduction to author Ann Cleeves and her protagonist Vera Stanhope did not go well.The book first delves into the lives of three women who are sharing temporary quarters while conducting an environmental assessment prior to digging a quarry One of them is killed Each woman was given a lengthy chapter Vera shows up officially to investigate at the start of Part Two, about halfway through The book is overly long at 535 pages and generally plods along to the conclusion.I checked reviews Many abandoned this book Many loved it I m in the meh camp Several readers had prior experience with Cleeves and feel this book is not typical of her They encourage others to take heart and continue with the series Based on the fact I have the second book at hand, I will follow that advice, just not immediately The Hook Begin at the beginning, that s my motto when it comes to most series mystery fiction The Line sThe rich onion flan might have come out of the freezer but Barbara had cooked it before it went in It was topped with tomatoes and Parmesan and latticed with anchovies and olives The above lines may seem strange to quote but I was intrigued by this dish intrigued me Searching for a recipe I saw a latticed anchovy onion tart, but flan it was not If anyone has every heard of this or The Hook Begin at the beginning, that s my motto when it comes to most series mystery fiction The Line sThe rich onion flan might have come out of the freezer but Barbara had cooked it before it went in It was topped with tomatoes and Parmesan and latticed with anchovies and olives The above lines may seem strange to quote but I was intrigued by this dish intrigued me Searching for a recipe I saw a latticed anchovy onion tart, but flan it was not If anyone has every heard of this or has a recipe please let me know Anchovies are grand in our family.The Sinker I m not quite certain how I feel about The Crow Trap I ve heard so many accolades to Ann Cleeves and this series that I thought I should get on the bandwagon One thing I noticed immediately was that Cleeves had a way of drawing us in One moment all was right with the world and in the next sentence all is changed The title is explained in this wayThe trap was a large wire mesh cage with a funnel in the top Inside a live, tame crow fluttered provocatively, inviting in another to defend its territory Once in through the funnel there was no way out Presumably they had to find some form of co existence until the keeper came along to put the intruder out of its misery Ann Cleeves is a storyteller and enjoys the use of words, painting a thorough portrait of her characters and environs Detailed and atmospheric it is I was surprised that the central character of the series, Vera Stanhope, herself doesn t truly appear untilthan 200 pages go by She makes a cameo appearance, showing up at a funeral of one of the victims being described as a bag lady If you re paying attention you ll know its she Murders, flawed characters and a complicated environmental plot weave in and out in this 500 debut of the beloved, unconventional DI Vera Stanhope She is a piece of work This is not your typical political, sit behind the desk, Detective Inspector She is odd gal out in dress and appearance, a bit unkempt, and older than many among her rank in the written pages of crime mystery fiction She loves to eat, often greasy food you might even find a half eaten doughnut in her purse along withpapers, keys, photo, five briosShe is outspoken to say the least, barges her way in, has no problem ordering people around for a cup of tea, she d have preferred a beer if available and expects her team to get on with it But she gets results she s comfortable with herself and is no one s fool It s even hard to peg this woman in any hole Literary novel, suspense fiction, crime or mystery it s a bit of a mix TheI think about it, theI have decided I could easily become a fan of both Stanhope and Cleeves It often takes me a bit to get into the rhythm of a new series Vera Stanhope, her eccentricity and her territory of Northumberland are bound to grow on me