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The Heron's Cry: A Detective Matthew Venn Novel (The Two Rivers Series, 2) (edició 2021)

de Ann Cleeves (Autor)

Sèrie: Two Rivers (2)

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Membre:diana.hauser
Títol:The Heron's Cry: A Detective Matthew Venn Novel (The Two Rivers Series, 2)
Autors:Ann Cleeves (Autor)
Informació:Minotaur Books (2021), 400 pages
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Valoració:*****
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Good characters, well paced and with a good sense of place. There was too large a string of red herrings for my taste and a bit too much involvement with one of the detectives with the witness/suspect pool, but that always ups the drama, so it's the done thing these days. But the people are generally pretty interesting to read about whether we're inside their heads or not. ( )
  quondame | Nov 13, 2021 |
Inspector Jen Rafferty is approached at a party by a man who wished to talk to her about something that was clearly bothering her. Unfortunately, Jen had been clearly imbibing a bit too much and so he left without revealing what it was he wished to say. The next morning, the man is found dead at his daughter’s apartment in an artists’ colony. Detective Inspector Matthew Venn and his team are called in to investigate and, as they dig deeper into the man’s recent actions, it leads them to an online suicide group that may be, not only helping people deal with suicidal thoughts but actively encouraging them to kill themselves.

The Heron’s Cry is the second book in author Ann Cleeves’ Two Rivers series and it makes for a very compelling and, dare I say, brilliant, read. There are plenty of possible suspects as well as red herrings and twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.

But it is the main characters who are well-drawn and complex as well as likeable that keep the story moving as well as Cllevees’ empathetic treatment of suicide and its aftermath that makes this one of the best mysteries I have read so far this year. A definite high recommendation from me.

Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | Nov 1, 2021 |
Although this is the second book in the Detective Matthew Venn series, my favorite character is Detective sergeant Jen Rafferty, a single mom who enjoys the more than occasional drink. She’s been invited to a party where she meets Nigel Yeo, a physician who is the director of a patient advocacy group. He’s currently looking into the suicide of a young local man. Jen is so drunk, she brushes off the doctor’s questions and feels guilty when he is found dead the next day. Her superior officer is Matthew Venn and they are assigned to the case and another death is added to their case load when a local man is found dead. The investigation leads them to suicide advocacy groups, an unexpected advocate of death by suicide and eventually to the murderer. The characters are complex and while the plot seems a little farfetched, it was an enjoyable mystery. The audio version was well-narrated with voice changes for different characters which really helped. ( )
  brangwinn | Oct 31, 2021 |
THE HERON’S CRY is written by Ann Cleeves. It is the 2nd title in her new ‘Two Rivers’ series. The ‘Two Rivers’ series introduces Matthew Venn, a detective in England’s North Devon area.
Ann Cleeves needs no introduction. She is a brilliant, award-winning, best-selling author, best known for her Vera Stanhope series and the Shetland (Islands) mystery series featuring Jimmy Perez.
The title is rich in very interesting and complex characters, intertwining plot points and a tremendous sense of place. (I love the map at the beginning of the book.)
“ Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder. Dr. Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter’s broken vases.”
I would recommend this and any title of Ms. Cleeves for an excellent reading experience.
Five Stars ***** ( )
  diana.hauser | Sep 17, 2021 |
Loving this series!

Once more trouble comes to the Two Rivers area (where the Taw meets the Torridge) in North Devon.
Detective Inspector Matthew Venn continues to be revealed both on the personal and work level.
A bizarre murder has occurred at an artists’ commune. The surprising thing is that Venn’s colleague Jen Rafferty had met the victim, Nigel Yeo, the previous evening at a party. He had wanted to talk to her about some matter.
The property consisted of a house with seperate faults and workshops. The tenants had come together under the patronage of a rather strange benefactor Francis Ley, a well known but somewhat reclusive, eccentric economist.
When another murder occurs Matthew has a strange road to travel in order to unravel what’s happening, along with his team, Jen and the reluctant Ross.
It turns out the victim ‘Nigel [had]worked for North Devon Patients Together, NDPT. It represents patients’ views to the [health] trusts… [Nigel had] widened the brief to look into anomalies, and to explore patients’ complaints.’ Nigel had been looking into a complaint about a suicide.
A starting point for Venn!
Matthew’s husband Jonathan ‘managed the Woodyard, a large and successful community arts centre.’ So further connections are drawn. On the home front we see more of Matthew and Jonathan’s relationship, circling not only Matthew’s compartmentalisation of work and home, but also his troubled rapport with his mother.
I loved the juxtaposition between Jonathan’s analogy about Matthew’s focus on the elements of cases, and Matthew’s view of himself. From just this short scene we learn so much more.
Matthew: ‘There was the silhouette of a heron, tall and stately, dark grey against the paler grey of the water. It stood quite alone.’
Jonathan: ‘Those birds always remind me of you. So patient. Just willing to wait. Entirely focused on their prey…Silent. [and then] I never know what you’re thinking.’
Put these reflections together with the title, The Heron’s Cry, and there’s so much more one could unpack here.
Another complex and saturated mystery from Cleeves.

A St. Martins Press ARC via NetGalley
Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change ( )
  eyes.2c | Sep 7, 2021 |
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