Ann Cleeves – Shetland

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The highly anticipated two-part BBC TV drama Shetland starring Dougie Henshall and Shetlanders Steven Robertson and Sandra Voe airs this Sunday.  Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves has published five novels set in Shetland featuring the detective Jimmy Perez.  The third of these, Red Bones, has been adapted for this two part drama.

Watch a preview of Shetland below.


Visit Shetland have prepared a guide to help you explore the Shetland Islands in the footsteps of Jimmy Perez; they have very kindly allowed us to reproduce their map, showing some of the central locations of Ann Cleeves’ books.

Ravenswick, the invented scene of much of the action of Raven Black, lies on the coast south from Lerwick (in real life, the area known as Sandwick). Although the Herring House Gallery in White Nights owes much to the real life Bonhoga Gallery, Biddista is a long way north west – in the approximate location of Hillswick. Red Bones takes Jimmy Perez’s assistant Sandy Wilson home to the island of Whalsay. And the original Quartet ends with Jimmy’s return to his native Fair Isle in Blue Lightning.

Dead Water marks a new departure for Jimmy Perez: when a body is discovered at Aith Marina, the new power of water conflicts with the established power of oil.

You can download Visit Shetland’s guide as a pdf, and read Ann’s commentary on the locations of her books.



Related Links

Shetland Times Bookshop

Ann Cleeves Official Website

BBC Online Article – Ann Cleeves Novel Red Bones Filmed on Shetland

Shetland and Fair Isle: Ann Cleeves adds mystery to the magic

Follow Ann Cleeves on Twitter






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