Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope, Book 1) by Ann Cleeves

By Ann Cleeves

First released 1999 by way of Macmillan
This version released 2010 via Pan Books
This digital variation released 2014 by way of Pan Books

The Crow seize is the 1st e-book in Ann Cleeves’ Vera Stanhope sequence – that's now a huge ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, VERA. 3 very assorted girls come jointly at remoted Baikie’s Cottage at the North Pennines, to accomplish an environmental survey. 3 ladies who each one understand the that means of betrayal . . . Rachael, the group chief, continues to be reeling after a double betrayal through her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as an opportunity to bask in a bit deception of her personal.

And then there's Grace, a wierd, uncommunicative younger lady, hiding lots of her personal secrets and techniques. Rachael is the 1st to reach on the cottage, the place she discovers the physique of her pal, Bella Furness. Bella, it seems that, has dedicated suicide – a verdict Rachael refuses to just accept. while one other loss of life happens, a fourth lady enters the image – the radical Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope...

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Morton reached out and tugged his coat sleeve. “Come along, Jimmy,” he said softly, feeling, himself, both sorrow and guilt. Half-reluctantly, the young man turned away, and they pushed through the crowd, which was suddenly abuzz with chatter, and even laughter. But neither Morton nor Presley shared in this odd sense of release. They went quite a distance before a hackney-coach presented itself. Morton quietly gave the driver the address of the Bow Street Magistrate's Court, not wanting anyone in the crowd to hear.

Morton saw despair written there, but defiance as well, and anger. “Here's a pleasant diversion for you,” the condemned man hurled out, “watching old Caleb Smeeton and his good wife hang! ” He paused and Morton thought the man would break down, but he went on, strangely calm. “But how did those fine Bow Street men know where to nab us? Just where to be, and at what hour? ” he bitterly answered his own question, and glared out at the crowd. “Friends like you … “Aye, one of our own peached on us… the same as told us about the panney, and what hour the owner would be away.

Acton hesitated. ” The jarvey's shoulders sagged. “Off Cartwright Square,” he said. ” Morton mulled it over a moment more. “What is it you're not telling me, Ralph? ” “Nay, nay. ” The jarvey shifted from foot to foot. Morton stared hard at the man, but it had only the effect of causing him to shift more rapidly. The Runner drew out his hand, with a single shilling in it, which he turned reflectively in his fingers. “I will find out what happened to Mr. Glendinning, Ralph, you may be sure of that.

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