>Ann Cleeves, White Nights (2008)

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This crime novel which takes place in Shetland is the second Jimmy Perez story.

Apparently the Finns run amuck because of their everlasting dark nights, the Shetlanders do because of their white summer nights.

“It´s the time of year,” he said. “The light nights. It makes us all go a little bit mad.”

During this ´simmer dim´ Jimmy Perez goes to the opening of an art exhibition in Biddista, a small village. The painters are the local celebrity Bella Sinclair and Perez´ newfound love, Fran Hunter who is a very promising artist.

An English guest breaks down over one of the paintings, and when questioned by Perez, he claims he suffers from amnesia. The next day a local farmer finds the Englishman hanging in his shed. Someone has killed him and tried rather inefficiently to make it look like a suicide.

The competitive Inspector Roy Taylor rushes to Shetland from Inverness, and he does his best to unveil the old back story behind the murder before Perez, but he is no match for the local man who is acquainted with everybody in Biddista beforehand and knows how to make them feel comfortable enough to share their secrets.

I liked the first in the series but enjoyed this one even more – though the solution seemed a bit improbable to me.

I bought the book myself, and here is my review of the first in the series, Raven Black.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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