Telling Tales

Telling Tales

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From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, comes Telling Tales, an early book in the Vera Stanhope series, which has been brought to life by Brenda Blethyn in the hit TV series Vera.

"I do love Vera!" - Val McDermid

It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence. Abigail's killer is still at large.

For one young woman, Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend--and of that fearful winter's day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch.

As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pasts?
With each person's story revisited, the Inspector begins to suspect that some deadly secrets are threatening to unfurl...

Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ♭2005
ISBN: 9781250122766
1250122767
Characteristics: 410 pages ;,21 cm

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Sansha
Apr 01, 2019

Love, love the Vera series of books. Never disappointed.

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maipenrai
Aug 14, 2018

I am a fan of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland series, both in print and on film. The mysteries are intriguing and the characters well developed. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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fred98115
May 04, 2018

A prisoner who was convicted of killing a schoolmate commits suicide after ten years in jail, only it is proven she was innocent. Vera Stanhope is called in to solve the murder because the original investigation was botched. Plot weakness is lack of supporting clues to aid the reader.

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Roundcat
Jan 28, 2018

Vera Stanhope is one of my favorite detective series. She observes that one of her erstwhile co-workers is too honest to be a good detective. She, on the other hand, shifts her approach to suit the situation and thinks like a chess player, putting the pieces of information she gets together to make the picture of the criminal. This one had so many suspects that, as Vera eliminates them one by one and comes to confront the guilty person, she (as well as the reader) is not absolutely sure she's got it right. We see the story from the viewpoints of various characters, who are well fleshed out and believable. We've been watching these people relive the old murder that Vera is sent to review, and then moving into the present with a new crime. In the end, I was completely dumbfounded when Vera revealed the real murderer. The response to the reveal of the true murderer, by those close to the murderer, was kind of warped by their own refusal to see events in their true light. How they will cope with this? We will have to guess.

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SuzClark
Nov 23, 2017

The one star is for the condition of the book. The copy I got is so saturated with cigarette smoke that I can't stand being near it.

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gloryb
Jan 30, 2016

This story is available in the DVD Vera, set 1 which i have seen.

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RitaRaun
Nov 01, 2013

Another great read from Ann Cleeves one of the best current mystery writers around.

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