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The Heron's Cry, by Ann Cleeves

kennedien's review

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3.0

3.5 I finished the first one and quickly snatched this one from my library as well. I enjoyed this second one more which makes me excited for the other books that will be written in the series.

donaldleitch's review against another edition

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mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

The Heron's Cry is the first Ann Cleeves book that I have read.  I have watched several seasons of the Shetland television series, based on her Shetland books, and enjoyed them.  The Heron's Cry with multiple story lines, sensitivity to setting (Devon) and complexity of the main characters is certainly in the spirit of Shetland.  

This novel contains elements of a "cozy mystery" while also being unsettling.  It kept me engaged and guessing to the very end.

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dahall's review

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tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

wonderstories's review against another edition

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mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

zzzrevel's review

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2.0

This is my first one by this author but I was not impressed.
It is a below average whodunit with boring flat characters
and a similar plot to boot. Also has a silly conclusion in
the expectation it will have made the murders more
devious and puzzling. Didn't work.
Skip this one.

taleisin's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious medium-paced

4.75

kvegan's review

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lighthearted mysterious sad medium-paced

2.5

Medium quality murder mystery set in an arts centre in Devon. Rather too many characters to follow but a pleasant light listen. 

chloedevxxx's review

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dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

laura_gaskill's review

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3.75

I enjoyed the first book in the Matthew Venn series, so I was quite looking forward to this second installment. I love the rich character development, and feel especially drawn to Venn and his husband Jonathan. If you appreciate a true police procedural that lets the reader play along in the casework (and I do) this book does that very well. Where I had to knock off a star was for the ending. Without spoiling anything, I can say that the resolution felt rushed, and the confession ridiculously thorough - like something out of an episode of Scooby Doo, with the suspect spilling their entire story and laying out every single motivation for no apparent reason. It felt unearned, and like Cleeves just got tired and slapped an ending on just before deadline. Which is a shame, because the story up to that point felt very well crafted and satisfying. 

gretchenv's review

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5.0

This is #2 in the Venn series, now called the "Two Rivers" series.