Book Review: The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves

The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves

The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Published by Minotaur Books on September 3, 2019 (expected)

Series: Two Rivers, #1

Genre(s): fiction, crime, mystery, suspense

Format & Length: e-book, 400

Source: Netgalley

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From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny

In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide.

An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

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The Long Call is the first book in a new detective series by Ann Cleeves. Although it wasn’t entirely to my taste, I did find it to be well done.

This police procedural follows Detective Matthew Venn in a case that calls him back into the community from his past. The first half of the book is slow moving as it takes its time to build up the setting and characters. Well written with nice descriptions, it sets the stage and draws its characters quite nicely. Unfortunately, I personally had a hard time connecting with the characters and therefore wasn’t fully invested in the story. However, I kept reading through to the end because I was curious to discover whodunit. And while the conclusion was satisfying, the book felt like it was longer than it had to be.

Ultimately, The Long Call was a middle of the road read for me. I don’t know that I’ll continue reading this series but I would consider picking up another book by the author. Fans of police procedurals that are character driven with a quiet suspense might find this to their taste.

*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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