One of Britain’s best loved crime writers is back with the tenth outing for everyone’s favourite “large and shabby” detective, Vera Stanhope. 

A classic “locked room mystery” sees Vera investigating an apparent suicide at a school reunion on Holy Island. Using her usual mix of insight and blunt questioning, Vera soon peels back the layers of apparent friendship to uncover something much darker: a tale of adolescent loyalty and jealousy, of long buried secrets and the fear of disgrace.  And all the while, the sea is rushing in. 

'Ann Cleeves is on top form in this atmospheric mystery that gradually expands to include more shifty characters on the mainland, and, on her tenth outing, you feel the pain beneath Vera’s blowsy bravado. The Rising Tide is exactly the sort of novel she likes ― it provides escape and 'the joy of loose ends tied up'.' ― The Times

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The Rising Tide

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