The Crow Trap: The First Vera Stanhope Mystery

Written by:
Ann Cleeves
Narrated by:
Anne Dover

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2017
14 hours 9 minutes
From Ann Cleeves—New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes The Crow Trap, the first in the Vera Stanhope series.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny

Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey on the Northumberland countryside. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal....For team leader Rachael Lambert the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double-betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide...

When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide--a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept.

Only when the next death occurs does a fourth woman enter the picture--the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, who must piece together the truth from these women's tangled lives in The Crow Trap.
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A story that quickly drew me into the characters lives and relationships as well as the northern England locale. Finishing the book left me a bit lost---so I started another Ann Cleeves audio book. Narration in both is superb.

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Ernest H

Outstanding story. The characters are so well developed, and interesting in their own right, that I was hoping the book would continue for quite some time. Ann Cleeves is a fantastic storyteller. Additionally, we've listened to two of Ann Cleeves books now, narrated by two different women, and both narrators are excellent.

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