Blue Lightning

Blue Lightning Cover

Blue Lightning

By Ann Cleeves

Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312384357, 356pp.

Publication Date: September 28, 2010


Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiancé home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity, who had an eye for the lads, is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed. With a sensational ending destined to create much buzz in the mystery world, Blue Lightning will thrill suspense fans everywhere. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.

About the Author
Ann Cleeves was working as a cook in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle when she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. She began writing her first series of crime novels here featuring the elderly naturalist, George Palmer-Jones. She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and works as associate trainer with the reader development organization, Opening the Book. She is reader-in-residence for Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and her reading passion is crime in translation. Ann has twice before been short listed for a CWA Dagger Award - once for her short story "The Plater," and again for the Dagger in the Library award. Her short film for Border TV, Catching Birds, won a Royal Television Society Award.

Praise For Blue Lightning

 Praise for Ann Cleeves


"Blue Lightning is nothing short of riveting."

--Louise Penny

“Stunning… Sure to enshrine the entire series in the ranks of the unforgettable.”

--The Richmond Times-Dispatch


“Delivers a unique atmosphere and a shocking ending that is sure to please.”



"Chilling...enough to freeze the blood."

--The New York Times on Raven Black



--Val McDermid on Raven Black


“Cunning… Pulls the wool over our eyes in true Christie fashion.”

--Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries, on White Nights