The Moth Catcher

The Moth Catcher

Book - 2015
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This is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series - which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, VERA. In a valley in Northumberland, a shocking discovery shatters the peace in a quiet farming community. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they're visiting family in Australia. Then Percy, a retired farm labourer who lives with his divorced daughter in a development on the farmland, finds Patrick, the house-sitter, dead by the side of the lane on the way into the valley. Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, with her detectives Holly and Joe. When Vera looks round the attic of the big house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds the body of a second man. He's middle-aged, grey. What could the two victims have in common? Why were they killed on the same day, but their bodies found in separate locations? Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap , Telling Tales , Silent Voices, The Glass Room and Harbour Street . Ann Cleeves' Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) is also available now in print and ebook editions.
Publisher: London :, Macmillan,, 2015
ISBN: 9781447278290
Branch Call Number: MYS F CLE
Characteristics: 387 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 30, 2019

The book, The Moth Catcher, lacked the spirit of the Vera tv series -- the book dragged and was too tedious to read more than a few pages. I love the tv series.

Jul 04, 2019

The Vera Stanhope series is more of a leisurely stroll, complete with stops at pubs and little fish n chips shops, than it is a heartpounding thrill ride. I found this one a bit on the slow side, however I have grown to love the characters so much I don't mind spending the extra time with them.

Dec 16, 2015

The TV series, Vera, on PBS, is based on these novels by Ann Cleeves. As I read the dialogue I could hear the actress who plays Vera speak the words. I could also envision this actress throughout the novel trying to solve the murder mystery with her detectives, Joe and Holly. So the TV series stays true to the books even in the casting of the Vera. I was surprised the producers could find an actress that meets the author's description. I enjoyed reading rather than viewing this story. There were many red herrings so that at the end of the story, when all is revealed, the motive for the murder and the murderer is a surprise.

Oct 08, 2015

As expected from Ann Cleeves and her Vera Stanhope.Quirky and very well sustained.Fingers crossed for more of the TV series...

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