I'm sorry that Ann Cleeves has decided that this will be the last in the Shetland series featuring Jimmy Perez. Maybe especially sad because I found this one so good.
As is often true in small communities, "incomers" can find it difficult to fit in. When Helena and Daniel Fleming move to the island, they were hoping for a quieter, more peaceful life than they had in London. However, their acceptance in the community is not what they hoped, and after the suicide of the former owner of their home, things quickly become worse.
When a young nanny is found hanging in the same barn in which the previous owner hanged himself, Jimmy Perez and Sandie Wilson are called in. The young woman was found by the Fleming's autistic eleven-year-old son which puts even more stress on the family. Emma Shearer, the young woman found murdered in the barn, had been a the nanny for the Moncrief family since she was seventeen.
When Chief Inspector Willow Reeves arrives on the island, she and Jimmy have some personal business that keeps them from working together as easily as they have in the past.
Ann Cleeves has a way of seeming to let the various characters create themselves. The Flemings, the Moncriefs, the Riddells all develop in an organic and believable manner. Perez, Willow Reeves, and Sandy Wilson need less introduction, but are all in the process of their personal transitions even as they work the case.
Emma Shearer, the very private nanny, doesn't come fully into view until the conclusion. Cleeves works hard to keep from revealing who was responsible for Emma's death, and I bounced back and forth between a couple of suspects.
Troubled families, complex characters, and an excellent procedural! Recommended.
Read in August. Blog review scheduled for Sept. 4
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press
Police Procedural. Sept. 4, 2018. Print length: 416 pages.