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    perfect British mystery

    When a murder occurs on a strip of beach in Devon, Matthew Venn is on the case to try to solve it. This murder hits close to home because he lives not far from the site of the killing, but also because the man murdered has ties to his husband Jonathan’s place of work. Death is prominent in this day in Matthew’s life, as he has just left the burial of his own father, someone he’d been estranged from for years. As the pieces of the murder puzzle come together, not only is Jonathan’s place of work, The Woodyard centering in the story, but also Jonathan himself. Matthew has to distance himself from thinking of his husband as his husband, and more as a possible suspect in the crime. But there are plenty of other characters that might be just as guilty. Could his parents’ religious order The Brethren have anything to do with it? How many people are involved in this crime and why? Ann Cleeves has woven a tale of suspense and mystery in a gloomy little seaside town. The Long Call is not only in the perfect setting, but has fantastic characters as well. She creates little turns and drops small hints throughout the story, never revealing enough until the time has come. It is a great mystery how all the pieces will come together in the end, but come together they do. Each character plays their own special part in the story, but you’re never really sure who are the good guys and who are the bad guys right up until the finish. As a huge fan of books based in Britain, this one doesn’t disappoint. It has all the elements of the perfect British mystery. I enjoyed the story as well as the characters. I have not read any of Cleeves novels before, but I certainly am going to add them to my to read list after this book.
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    Absorbing, engaging, excellent start to new series

    Although I have watched and thoroughly enjoyed both the Vera and Shetland series on television, this is the first book I have read by Ann Cleeves. After this I am definitely going back to catch up, and I can’t wait for the next book in this new Two Rivers series featuring Senior Detective Matthew Venn. It’s a bleak beginning. Even though not much is revealed except that Matthew is an observer, not a participant, at his father’s funeral, he seems troubled, unsettled, uncertain. From this little peek into Matthew Venn the man, we immediately transition to Matthew Venn the Senior Detective. A body has been found on the beach, practically on Matthew and his husband’s doorstep, in places they are familiar with. Brings back a lot of memories of his youth growing up as part of a strict evangelical church, known as the Barum Brethren. I found this to be an absorbing and engaging read, not dashing at the frantic pace of some of the thrillers so popular today but a measured journey through the vivid North Devon countryside, providing in-depth background and character development and a well-plotted mystery with multiple threads that come together skillfully at the end. Matthew, Jen and Ross make a good team, each bringing a different history and perspective to the case. I look forward to learning more about them and about Matthew’s husband Jonathan in future books. I found it endearing and revealing how Matthew always says, “my husband” if someone says, “your partner.” Matthew is very happy to be married to Jonathan. In addition to the riveting mystery Ann Cleeves is noted for, in The Long Call she also addresses some of society’s prejudices and treatment of those not in the mainstream, and the learning disabled women, Lucy, Chrissie and Rosa play an important part in the mystery. The Long Call would work just fine as a standalone, but lucky for us it is not. I especially appreciate when an author takes this much care with a new series, setting the scene, introducing the surroundings and the people that live there, providing a little insight into the relationships and stress and strains of everyday life the way Ann Cleeves has. Thanks to Minotaur Books/Macmillan and NetGalley for providing an advance copy for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed The Long Call and recommend it without hesitation.
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    Great beginning to a new series

    Matthew is a detective with an interesting background. While secretly attending his father’s funeral, the body of a man has been found and he is soon to be involved in the case. He has a few interesting coworkers that all seem to have their own baggage. The murdered man while known to many is very mysterious. Many of the people involved are also connected with a community arts center that is run by Matthew’s husband. The center has a program for some people with Down’s Syndrome, some of whom are somewhat involved with this mystery. As these women have different challenges, questioning them requires care and sensitivity. The complexity of all these characters makes a very good book that I highly recommend. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series.
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    Hidden Past

    Murder - Abductions - -Characters galore. New Series by Ann Cleeves brings many characters that will probably be addressed more fully in later narratives. I liked the story and everything was tied up by the end. A bit slow moving but a good mystery crime drama. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    The Long Call

    The Long Call is the start of a new police series by author Ann Cleeves. In this story Ms Cleeves gives us a good mystery, with interesting main characters, who I'm looking forward to learning more about. I was given an early copy to review.
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