The Moth Catcher (Hardcover)
A Vera Stanhope Mystery
Minotaur Books, 9781250105424, 400pp.
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they’re away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane—a lonely place to die.
When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. What the two victims seem to have in common is a fascination with studying moths—and with catching these beautiful, intriguing creatures.
The others who live in Valley Farm have secrets too: Lorraine’s calm demeanor belies a more complex personality; Annie and Sam’s daughter, Lizzie, is due to be released from prison; and Nigel watches, silently, every day, from his window. As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be many deadly secrets trapped there . . .
About the Author
ANN CLEEVES is the multi-million copy and New York Times bestselling author behind two hit television series—the BBC’s Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, and ITV’s Vera, starring Academy Award Nominee Brenda Blethyn—both of which are watched and loved in the US. The Long Call, the first in the Two Rivers series introducing Detective Matthew Venn, was an instant New York Times bestseller.
Shetland is available in the US on Netflix, Amazon Video, Britbox and PBS, and Vera is available on Hulu, Amazon Video, BritBox and PBS.
The first Shetland novel, Raven Black, won the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel, and Ann was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger in 2017. She lives in the UK.
Praise For The Moth Catcher: A Vera Stanhope Mystery…
"Atmospheric and well-wrought." --Publishers Weekly
“It’s easy to admire Vera’s brainpower. . . her adventures have been a hit on British television, and readers devoted to Cleeves’ tales of Jimmy Perez will want to give Vera a try.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please.” --Booklist (starred review)
“Excellent . . . Intricate plotting makes for a compulsive read.” —The Independent (UK)
“Detective Vera Stanhope is a remarkable creation.” —Bookseller (UK)
“Cleeves has hit the big time . . . This is going to be a winner!” —BBC Front Row (UK)
"The Moth Catcher is set in the picturesque part of Vera's bailiwick. The great strengths of Cleeves' writing are the beautiful and convincing characterization and the storming story line." —Crime Squad
"Ann Cleeves is a skillful technician, keeping our interest alive and building slowly up to the denouement. Her easy use of language and clever story construction make her one of the best natural writers of detective fiction." —Sunday Express (UK)
"If you're a fan of Frances Fyfield, Minette Walters, or Val McDermid, get to know Cleeves." —The Globe and Mail (Canada)