Cleeves to publish third novel

The third novel in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland quartet will be launched on Tuesday at the Shetland Library. The book, Red Bones, begins with the discovery of some unusual bones at an archaeological dig in Whalsay. As the plot thickens and murder haunts the misty fields, detective Jimmy Perez struggles to unravel a bitter local feud.

Shetland archaeologist Val Turner is a real-life character in the new book, as the plot demands she be consulted for advice. She will kick off the launch with an illustrated talk on murder and archaeology.

The novelist herself will talk about her work and read from the new novel, answer questions and sign copies of her books, sold on the night by The Shetland Times Bookshop.

She said: “I’m delighted to be coming back to Shetland to celebrate the launch of the book and look forward to another great evening in the library.”

The St Ringans acoustics should be perfect for the evening’s musical entertainment, provided by drumming group Aestaewast.

Red Bones follows two very successful Shetland crime novels, Raven Black, which won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, and last year’s White Nights. The event kicks off at 7.30pm and entry is free.

Meanwhile people have been bidding on Ann’s website for the chance to be a character in her next book, and she will announce the winner at the Red Bones launch.

Proceeds are to go to the charity set up in memory of local girl Vaila Harvey. Bids can still be accepted up till 9pm on Sunday at


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