Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Book - 2017
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"It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence. Abigail's killer is still at large. For one young woman, Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend--and of that fearful winter's day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh inquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pasts? With each person's story revisited, the Inspector begins to suspect that some deadly secrets are threatening to unfurl."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250122766
1250122767
9781250122773
1250122775
Call Number: M CLEEVES
Characteristics: 410 pages ; 21 cm

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Roundcat
Jan 28, 2018

Vera Stanhope is one of my favorite detective series. She observes that one of her erstwhile co-workers is too honest to be a good detective. She, on the other hand, shifts her approach to suit the situation and thinks like a chess player, putting the pieces of information she gets together to make the picture of the criminal. This one had so many suspects that, as Vera eliminates them one by one and comes to confront the guilty person, she (as well as the reader) is not absolutely sure she's got it right. We see the story from the viewpoints of various characters, who are well fleshed out and believable. We've been watching these people relive the old murder that Vera is sent to review, and then moving into the present with a new crime. In the end, I was completely dumbfounded when Vera revealed the real murderer. The response to the reveal of the true murderer, by those close to the murderer, was kind of warped by their own refusal to see events in their true light. How they will cope with this? We will have to guess.

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SuzClark
Nov 23, 2017

The one star is for the condition of the book. The copy I got is so saturated with cigarette smoke that I can't stand being near it.

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gloryb
Jan 30, 2016

This story is available in the DVD Vera, set 1 which i have seen.

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RitaRaun
Nov 01, 2013

Another great read from Ann Cleeves one of the best current mystery writers around.

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