Harbour Street

Harbour Street

Large Print - 2018
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As thick snow blankets Newcastle, boisterous crowds of Christmas revellers jostle onto the Metro. And Margaret Krukowski - sitting quietly in the middle of the busy train - is viciously murdered, though nobody sees the stabbing take place. Margaret's murderer is seemingly invisible; her killing motiveless. As DI Vera Stanhope arrives at the scene, she feels a familiar buzz of anticipation, sensing that this will be a complex and unusual case. When a second woman is murdered just days later, Vera knows that the key to this new killing will be found in Margaret's past. What was troubling this reserved, elegant lady so much before she died? Vera can feel in her bones that there's a link between the killings - one that she must discover before another life is lost...
Publisher: Anstey, Leicestershire : F. A. Thorpe, 2018
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781444838930
Branch Call Number: LT CLE
Characteristics: 395 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

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AnnSkye
Dec 04, 2019

An excellent read!

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SidheWrites
Jul 05, 2019

I think I may have found my new favorite author! I absolutely LOVE the British Crime Drama, "Vera" and am so happy to have started reading this series. I am reading them out of order, I realize, but do not think that will in any way diminish my enjoyment of them. The bonus of being a fan of the TV show is that the main characters are so easy to picture and the writing brings the story to life.

Ann Cleeves pacing is perfect, her characters are not but their flaws give them depth and make them believable. You want to know more about them. I also love the fact that we get glimpses into their thought processes and see how each of them approaches a case with their own methods. Brilliant!

These books make me long for life in a small village or island somewhere on the coast (minus all the murder and mayhem) and are the perfect companion to a cup of tea and a plate of cookies.

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Sansha
Feb 17, 2019

Came across Vera on TV and loved the series. This novel was all I hoped it would be, looked forward to reading more Anne Cleeve books.

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pansey
Jan 05, 2018

Really enjoyed this book,i have read quite a few of ann cleeves books so far,love the way she writes.this would be my favourite at the moment.I tried so hard to work out who the killer was,but never thought it would be that one?

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zipread
Dec 17, 2016

I've only recently discovered Anne Cleves. Her Shetland series has made the transition to the small screen: that was my first exposure to her writing. This novel gives is the bassis for her Vera Stanhope series, also transitioned to TV where both were the basis for 90 minute episodes.
Harbour Street, which features an overweight, middle-aged copper who likes her occasional nip of the spirits to brighten her mood.
Harbour Street is set an a rather seedy down and out street in the fishing town of Mardle. Definitely the town has seen better days and more fish.
Margaret, an elegant and stylish sixty-something year old lives upstairs in the boarding house. She does good works in the community but she carries some secrets. On her way home from the city, two weeks before Christmas, riding the Metro in a jam-packed carriage full of Christmas shoppers, Margaret is stabbed to death. No one notices her death until the carriage finally empties of all its passengers.
So who killed Margaret? Who would want to kill Margaret? And why?
The novel answers these questions as best it can. Some of the characters Cleeves invents are unsavoury, other no so much. It seems there are many who might have an interest in making her disappear, especially as some of secrets surface.
Cleeves doesn't give up the truth surface easily. And when the truth does finally appear it is not what we expected?
Did I enjoy this book? Answer: I'm on the prowl for mor of Ann Cleeves.

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maipenrai
Oct 21, 2016

I always enjoy Ann Cleeves' series - Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez - in books and on DVD's. This was not my favorite of the mysteries, but it was still a "good read". Highly recommend both series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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randalljay
Oct 08, 2016

One of the better ones. I like the book character better than the TV one - more eccentric. Also I like the italicized description of the character's thoughts.

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gloryb
Feb 07, 2016

i never even had a clue who the murderer would be in this novel. When the person was revealed, it was definitely a surprise. Another great read with Vera Stanhope as DI in a northern English seaside town.

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Daphne57
Mar 14, 2014

The plot was good; however I wanted to strangle Vera many times; too controlling, too large (in every way) and felt sorry for her poor team.

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