With over a million copies sold worldwide and 29 novels published so far, Ann Cleeves is one of Britain’s most successful crime fiction novelists. Her bestselling books are loved in print and on screen: both her Vera Stanhope and Shetland series are now major TV adaptations we love to settle down to watch.
Now she's released her new book, The Moth Catcher, the seventh book in the Vera Stanhope series. Set in the idyllic and quiet community of Valley Farm in Northumberland, all is not quite what it seems as a shocking discovery shatters the perfect silence.
The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist named Patrick, to look after the place while they're away. Then Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley - a beautiful, but lonely place to die.
When DCI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, with her detectives Holly and Joe, they look round the attic of the big house she finds the body of a second man. The only thing these two victims have in common is a fascination with moths and catching the beautiful, rare creatures.
The couples that live in the neighbouring Valley Farm development (‘the retired hedonists’) have secrets too: Annie and Sam's daughter is due to be released from prison any day; 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 deadly secrets trapped here...
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