Ann Cleeves: The Rising Tide
I came late to the Vera Stanhope party, but I am a complete convert. Whenever she says “Not to worry, pet,” she reminds me so much of my beloved Columbo and his “Just one more thing.” In this outing, Ann Cleeves does something else she excels at: setting. This book is set on the remote British island of Lindisfarne, or “Holy Island,” a place not actually an island, but one that becomes an island thanks to rising and falling tides. That particular detail could not have a more beloved place in the mystery genre, and Ann Cleeves, the ace of setting, does it better than anyone else.