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The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
Series: Two Rivers #1
Published by Minotaur Books on September 3, 2019
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In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.
Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.
The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.
An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.
I got an email about The Long Call and was drawn to it immediately. I love mysteries and police procedurels, even better that it was British. I enjoy the cultural and language differences and all the places mentioned. There was a good mystery with various twists and plenty of interesting characters in fairly small community and surrounding area.
What sets this story apart, is the realistic and lovely diversity in the characters. The main detective is gay, estranged from his strict religious family. His husband runs a community day centre with artists, and disadvantaged adults, and a cafe. The murder of a man in the community has Matthew and his team learning all kinds of details and secrets about members of the community.
The murderer as well as other people with things to hide are not keen about the investigation. The case was a clever way to unfold all the background, personalities and secrets of many in the community. I enjoyed this and plan to continue with the Two Rivers series. I look forward to seeing how these characters fare in the future.
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