The Long Call By Ann Cleeves

The Long Call

By Ann Cleeves

  • Release Date: 2019-09-03
  • Genre: British Detectives
Score: 4.5
From 131 Ratings



From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny


In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On 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 to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.


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    By ❤️Gold
    Purchased this book expecting a more
  • The Long Call

    By cmk81352
    One of her best. Read it over night. Wonderful insight on contemporary relationships and doing the right thing. Hope to see these characters developed in future novels.
  • Perfect British mystery

    By kimbnaz
    When a murder occurs on a strip of beach in Devon, Matthew Venn is on the case to try to solve it. This murder hits close to home because he lives not far from the site of the killing, but also because the man murdered has ties to his husband Jonathan’s place of work. Death is prominent in this day in Matthew’s life, as he has just left the burial of his own father, someone he’d been estranged from for years. As the pieces of the murder puzzle come together, not only is Jonathan’s place of work, The Woodyard centering in the story, but also Jonathan himself. Matthew has to distance himself from thinking of his husband as his husband, and more as a possible suspect in the crime. But there are plenty of other characters that might be just as guilty. Could his parents’ religious order The Brethren have anything to do with it? How many people are involved in this crime and why? Ann Cleeves has woven a tale of suspense and mystery in a gloomy little seaside town. The Long Call is not only in the perfect setting, but has fantastic characters as well. She creates little turns and drops small hints throughout the story, never revealing enough until the time has come. It is a great mystery how all the pieces will come together in the end, but come together they do. Each character plays their own special part in the story, but you’re never really sure who are the good guys and who are the bad guys right up until the finish. As a huge fan of books based in Britain, this one doesn’t disappoint. It has all the elements of the perfect British mystery. I enjoyed the story as well as the characters. I have not read any of Cleeves novels before, but I certainly am going to add them to my to read list after this book.

    By Ellen/Oceanside
    We meet Matthew a protagonist at the funeral of his father, observing, and feeling angry, a disappointment to his father. Leaving, he received a call of a man at the shores dead, with clothing that was dried. Appearance of a homeless man, that turns out was deceiving as the mystery unfolds. Turmoil as he has to return to his birth place, and hasn’t been there since a teen to interview people. Beginning of a new series by the author, and a good well flowing plot. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion by Net Galley and San Martin Press.