Dunedin Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute

Book: The Heron’s Cry (September 2021)

By Ann Cleeves

October 11, 2021

Detective Matthew Venn of The Long Call returns in the next captivating novel in the Two Rivers series from Ann Cleeves, the number one bestselling author and creator of Vera and Shetland.

North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coast-line.

Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists.  What he finds is an elaborately staged murder – Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed.  His daughter, Eve, is a glass blower, and the murder weapon is a shard of one of her broken vases.

Dr Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim.  He’s a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter.  Matthew is unnerved, though, to find that Eve is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband.

Then another body is found – killed in a similar way – and Matthew finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community in a case that is dangerously close to home…

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