• The Heron's Cry

  • A Detective Matthew Venn Novel (The Two Rivers Series, Book 2)
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Jack Holden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (783 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Ann Cleeves returns with The Heron's Cry, the extraordinary follow-up to The Long Call, soon to be a major TV series, alongside her two hit TV shows Shetland and Vera.

“In Matthew Venn, Ann has created a complex, daring, subtle character.” (Louise Penny)

"A complex mystery full of surprises...this character-driven exploration of people's darkest flaws is a sterling example of Cleeves' formidable talents." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Jack Holden demonstrates his full talents in this mystery, bringing the extensive cast of characters in this small and close-knit community in Devon to life with his strong narration." (Audiofile)

North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder - Dr. Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter's broken vases.

Dr. Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He's a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved, though, to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.

Then another body is found - killed in a similar way. Matthew soon finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home.

DI Matthew Venn returns in The Heron's Cry, in Ann Cleeves' powerful next novel, proving once again that she is a master of her craft.

A Macmillan Audio production from Minotaur Books

©2021 Ann Cleeves (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Hero with baggage

As a fan of Ann Cleeves’ writing, I admit I am drawn to complex characters. Matthew Venn is, for me, harder to like than Vera or Jimmy Perez. Two books in, he is so tightly wound and guilt ridden that he is still inaccessible to me. I love Ann’s stories, so I hope DI Venn will begin to relax a bit so his humanity is more accessible.

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Could not finish this one

I love Vera but it did take me awhile to connect with the Shetland series. This series is completely inaccessible. The main character is cold and unemotional except with his partner who he feels the need to always refer to as his husband. I am not quite sure that this is necessary. Other characters are difficult to distinguish from each other.

The first book in this series was more interesting although there too the myriad of characters blended together. I also find it fatal that he is allegedly the lead detective but shows few leadership traits. Things happen around him.

I had to stop listening about halfway through the story.

The narrator did not have much to work with or at the very least
expressed his own boredom with the book that he compounded the problem with his uninspired reading.

Time is too valuable for me to spend time with this book, this series.

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very disappointed

I usually really enjoy books by this author but this story was boring. The characters were also boring and the narrator had nothing to work with. I struggled to the end to discover the murderer was a character never developed and rarely mentioned. I would like to return this but because I soldiered on to the end I cannot. It was a waste of a credit. I still don't why this book was called the Heron's Cry.

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Love this series!

I love this series! Ann Cleeves storytelling is brilliant as always.New Narrator was excellent.

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Disappointing

I wanted to like this. I really did. And I kept at it until the end. But I can’t honestly say I remember much. The characters didn’t interest me and I had a hard time paying attention to what was happening. I’ve loved Cleeves’ other books but this one just hit wrong notes for me.

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Complex

Because I generally avoid depressing reading I surprise myself when I choose mysteries. Cleeves is one of my favorite writers of mystery, but The Heron’s Cry was a challenge for me because of the dominant theme of suicide. Nevertheless, I did finish it and give it five stars because of the superb development of characters, and descriptions of settings. I particularly like the inclusion of “Luce” from the first Venn book, besides of course, the central character of Venn. Even after finishing the book I find it thought-provoking because of the themes.

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Narration is SO Important!

There is such a contrast in the narration of these first two books in the Two Rivers series. The Matthew in "The Long Call" is certainly flawed and remote, but also gentle, sensitive, thoughtful, human, and interesting. "The Heron's Cry's" Matthew is cold, harsh, angry, snide, and totally unlikeable. It's all about the narration. Jack Holden is the worst narrator I've ever heard. I would never listen to another book narrated by him. I'm not really sure I can stand much more of this one. I am a long time Ann Cleeves fan, but this book is a disappointment. Perhaps it should be read, not listened to.

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Another great book from Ann Cleve’s

This new series from Ann Cleeves is a hit. The main character…Matthew is becoming such a insightful detective. His mismatch homicide team is growing closer. Their commitment to solve a case makes for edge of your seat page turning.
I highly recommend this audio production.

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I’m drawn in every time

This author and her performers have my number. I am drawn in every time. This book and performance were no exception. I just do not buy the climax. I don’t regret listening and if you have listened to every Vera Stanhope and every Shetland book, you will enjoy this one too but maybe not as much.

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Keeps you guessing

I enjoy all of Ann Cleeves’ series and this one is no different. Great characters, great story!!