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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)

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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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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Encore!

I'm more looking forward to the next Venn than the upcoming Vera. Well done all around!

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Poor Narrator, So-So Story

The narrator can make it or break it. This narrator did not improve the story. The only character I could reliably identify was Jen because of the accent. Others were poorly differentiated by the narrator making it hard to listen to. Perhaps this narrator could take a lesson from Michael Deehy or Gerard Doyle who both do top-notch narration.
I can’t fairly review the story because of the narration.

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Great Series but New Narrator Disappoints

This new Ann Cleves series is incredible, but I prefer the original narrator, who gave a more nuanced performance. This narrator was more staccato and rigid.

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Disappointed

The story would have come more alive had it not been for the monotonous narration. It just seemed colorless. I'm not sure I will continue with the Matthew Venn mystery series.

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very enjoyable

loved the first wenn book, this one got into the story much more quickly. the characters are likeable (the good guys, anyway)
and the story kept my interest all the way through