by Ann Cleeves
Blue Lightning falls midway in the series of Shetland mysteries featuring Jimmy Perez. It really shows Cleeves at her best in both storytelling and creating atmosphere. Fair Isle becomes as strong a character as do Jimmy and the people who inhabit the island. Jimmy accompanied by his new fiancé Fran, returns to his home with much trepidation, knowing that strangers are not readily accepted. With the weather turning cold and stormy the feeling of isolation for many of the residents reaches a fever pitch. And then a body is discovered. A woman has been murdered.
Cut off from the mainland, Jimmy is forced to use what resources he can to conduct an investigation. As he begins interviewing the people who were part of the victim’s circle of friends, family, and acquaintances, he realizes that everyone is hiding something. Whether it’s pertinent to the murder or not – they all have secrets.
But no one, least of all Jimmy, could ever know that the tragic circumstances of this case would determine the direction of Perez’s future for some years to come.