Thin Air

Thin Air

Book - 2014
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"A group of old university friends are in Unst, Shetland's most northerly island, to celebrate the wedding of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party one of them, Eleanor, disappears - apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. The next day Eleanor's best friend Polly receives an email from her saying she'll never be found alive. And so it seems, because the woman's body is found, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge."
Publisher: London, UK : Macmillan, c2014
ISBN: 9780230760196
Characteristics: 388 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 18, 2019

A good Cleeves read set in the Shetlands.

Jan 02, 2017

A very well-sustained series of murder mysteries around the appearance of a wee ghostie; also a mystery. I really enjoy Ann Cleeves' writing about the Shetlands and her insightful portrayal of the people. This is no exception and would translate so well to the small screen even if their Jimmy Perez has got red hair!

Nov 16, 2016

The sixth book in the Shetland series

Oct 29, 2016

Maybe not one of the best but still a very good read. Interesting environment and a good picture of social life in the islands.

Mar 23, 2016

I sort of liked it, the third I've read in this series, but not as much as the previous ones, which I really liked. I found the plot rather lame with the outcome reason for the murders even sillier. The secondary characters were melancholy, pouty, weak and not very interesting. The interplay between Jimmy and Willow and Sandy was also darkly moody and dysfunctional in this story, definitely not a "team working together oriented group". I would have enjoyed the story a lot more if they communicated with each other in a respectful way. I did like the way Ms Cleeves incorporated the geography of the setting - land and sea and weather - into the story, she did a good job of that in the previous books too.

Feb 13, 2016

A police procedural novel with Jimmy Perez the main detective working in Shetland. A group of friends attend a wedding party on the isolated island, the home of the bridegroom. One of them gets murdered. These friends have a complicated relationship, but that doesn't stop Jimmy from tracking down their past. The background of these characters makes for interesting reading. Very small clues are inserted about another odd relationship. The plot is intriguing due to the central figure of a child ghost, also murdered on the island. What was frustrating to me as a reader was the isolation of the island from services like a coroner/pathologist and crime scene personnel who had to be flown in or ferried to the island. Waiting for them to arrive and then waiting for them to give the results of their investigation I was glad that the author could keep my interest with details of the personal lives of her characters. The description of the scenery of the cliffs, the sea, the tides, the crofts also add to the charm of this novel.

Jan 16, 2016

I can see why Cleeves killed off Jimmy Perez's girlfriend, Fran. His new boss, Willow, is much more interesting and he has the added complication of Fran's daughter, Cassie. The interactions of the suspects in this book as well as the interactions of the detectives with one another are a bigger part of the story than the solution to finding the killer. Very intriguing ending.

Aug 25, 2015

One of my favourite series.
The story is tight and interesting; great characters and I enjoy the Shetland setting thereby learning a little more about the islands and the lifestyle.
I highly recommend all Ann Cleeves books.
Shetland series (BBC ) can sometimes be seen on PBS.

Jul 21, 2015

I did not know of this mystery series until I watched Shetland on PBS. I plan to eventually read the earlier books, but I couldn't resist reading the author's latest contribution! Great setting and characters!

Jun 03, 2015

The latest in the Jimmy Perez series is one of the best. So many interesting characters, the wonderful locale, the continuing story of the main characters and, of course, a good juicy mystery all combine for an enjoyable read.

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