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READ & DOWNLOAD ¸ INTERNET-GAMES.US á Ann CleevesN to come together so skilfully I found this an absorbing and engaging crime read although it might possibly be a little too slow moving for some readers I am eagerly looking forward to the next in the series Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for an ARC What a pleasure it is to read such a well written character driven mysteryBritish author Ann Cleeves has brought to life a very fine new character in Senior Detective Matthew Venn He is not your typical drunken wise ass detective Instead Cleeves has given s a compassionate and introspective mind Matthew is a senior investigator who is Reclaim Me (McCoy Raven Brothers unsure of himself when leading his evening briefings with his teamnbeknownst to them which is very endearing Also to my liking is the way Matthew s mind works when deducting clues from all his sources of information Smartly doneMatthew s background is very nicely brought to light in the first of Cleeves new series A body is found on a beach in North Devon England which brings him back to his former life as a member of a strict religious group called The Brethren and his estranged family The book explores the power of the church and the blind faith of it s followers Also there are ties to the place of his husband s employment called The Woodyard a sanctuary for the disabled and mentally impaired A big highlight for me is Matthew and Jonathan s relationship Matthew likes to be dressed in suits whereas Jonathan can always be found in shorts and sandals no matter what season of the year very much like my household THE LONG CALL is a slow burn mystery peaking at the back end of the book It is a very compelling read with multiple plots and characters The plots are interwoven well and complicated than expected Down s Syndrome is touched pon with characters Lucy and Christine in an insightful mannerThis is a refreshing novel and a series which I intend to continue Highly recommend45 out of 5 starsReview posted on Goodreads June 28 2019Publication date September 3 2019I received a free ARC of THE LONG CALL by Ann Cleeves from Macmillan in an exchange for an honest review readinginsidersclub Darkly evocative and smartly writtenMy first Ann Cleeves did not disappoint I am already anticipating the next installment to this all new Two Rivers series and it hasn t even been announced yetYou know that s a good sign and seriously though when is the next book comingI was so pleasantly surprised with this By far the best traditional mystery I read in 2019 It is obvious from the first pages that Cleeves is a veteran mystery writerFollowing Detective Matthew Venn and two of his junior colleagues Jen and Ross was an absolute delight I felt like I was there with them learning the evidence as they were Matthew was just a lovely protagonist Thoughtful and introverted extremely smart and dedicated to the idea of truth and justice for allIn the beginning of our tale Matthew is attending his estranged Father s funeral Standing in the back he observes neighbors and other locals he might once have considered friends But he has left that part of his life far behind after the strict evangelical community his parents were a part of could not accept his sexuality Essentially excommunicated he hasn t spoken with either of his parents in many yearsUpon ietly making his exit from the church he receives a phone call from one of his colleagues The body of a murdered man has just been found on a beach not far from his current location Matthew rushes to the scene and thus begins an investigation into the community of which he was once a partI loved the overall tone of this novel From start to finish the writing was so intelligent and gripping It gave me strong Broadchurch vibes whilst also reminding me of the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith I would say if you enjoy the Cormoran books you should DEFINITELY pick this one pThank you so much to the publisher Minotaur Books for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review I am "IN LOVE WITH IT AND CANNOT "love with it and cannot to continue on with the series Well done Ms Cleeves After I watched the British version of Broadchurch and read the book I have been interested in watching the series Shetland written by Ann Cleeves I haven t gotten around to it yet but I did just read her book The Long Call the first of two books that deal with the career and homelife of Detective Matthew Venn Venn is an angry troubled sad man having been brought p in a very strict religious community In his late teens when he stood The Reunion Mission \ Tall Dark Defender up in church and stated he didn t believe what he had been taught he was kicked out of the church and disowned by his parents Venn has never gotten over his parents rejection and had to recently watch his father s funeral from afar Another black mark for Venn with the church and his parents is that he is gay and married to Jonathan Matthew and Jonathan couldn t be different but they complete each other and his marriage is a bright spot in his life Now his job and home life are mixing with the murder of a man who volunteered at the Woodyard a community where Jonathan is the administrator This storynfolds slowly with the tediousness of a crime with many potential suspects but no hard evidence Matthew and his colleagues must dig deep canvas the streets and the area for witnesses Not only is there a tie to Matthew s husband to this crime there is also a tie to a prominent member of Matthew s former church Too many memories too close to home are stirring p Matthew s anger and sadness concerning his past and he considers recusing himself From The Case Involved In the case Involved in case are two adult Down Syndrome women and they were favorites of mine in this book Sweet trusting women with love for their routine TV shows clothes food and friends One of the woman has an 80 year old father who despairs of how he can be sure his daughter is able to live after he is gone What I liked about Matthew is his deep compassion for the good people he meets He cares about this aged father for both girls for their families and friends and wants to do right by them and that is one of the reasons he stays on the case I enjoyed this story very much and look forward to the next one Things move slowly which worked well for me I could feel the climate the atmosphere the claustrophobia of the community. ’s funeral takes place Once loved and cherished the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew p in he lost his family tooNow as he turns and walks away again he receives a call from one of his team A body has been found on the beach nearby a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck stabbe. A new series from Sleeves takes The Venetians Mistress us to North Devon and introducess to police detective Matthew Venn Venn an ex member of the religious sect the Brethren has been booted out for non belief He and his husband Jonathan live on the shore where a body of a young man will be discovered An interesting case that Two Steps Forward unravels many different threadsncovering multiple layers that will drag others into its net Really Cleve has the enviable knack of conjuring atmospheric reads and characters with fascinating back stories In fact I read today that this new series has already been optioned for a TV series I have a feeling Matthew will grow on me in subseuent reads as the series progresses That said I will still miss Shetland and Jimmy Perez ARC from Netgalley I have been wanting to try Ann Cleeves for several years now When I saw she was starting a new series and I had a chance to get an advanced review copy I decided it was time to pull the trigger AKA click the green button and finally dive into her works After reading The Long Call I now have my eyes on the first books of her Vera Stanhope and Shetland series The Long Call is a one of those murder mysteries that clicks all the boxes for me The characters have depth and are likeable though it took a while for DC Ross s admirable side to come forth There are a number of intriguing townspeople that I wasn t sure if I could trust or not always fun The plot is intricate and twisty with a storyline that I had no idea whatsoever how to put together I want all my crime fiction and thriller books to be this way The author is an outstanding writer with a flair for creating atmosphere including the title that is explained early on and the type of suspense that sneaks The Soldiers Mission (Secret Agent Series, up on you out of the blue She also deals with interesting concepts such as adults with Down s syndrome and their vulnerability and the challenges facing gay people as they struggle to overcome the disapproval of small two meanings of small here town folks I am pleased to see this will be a series I think there is much to explore in this town and with these characters and I am very curious as to where Ms Cleeves goes with book 2 I do know I will be reading it Until then I will be liningp in the library eue for a look at The Black Raven and The Crow Trap the first books of her two most popular long running series Pleased to meet you Ms CleevesMany thanks to Net Galley Minotaur Books and Ms Ann Cleeves for an ARC of this novel Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way Ann Cleeves has started a new series with The Long Call The book named for the cry of a herring gull The cry which always sounded to him like an inarticulate howl of pain Cleeves has developed a great set of characters here Our main character Matthew is a DI in Barnstaple He s smart a complex thinker a loving and loved man in a healthy relationship The story starts with Matthew watching from afar the funeral of his father He s left the evangelical church he grew p in It soon becomes apparent it s because he s gay But Jen is probably my favorite character She s one of Matthew s DS s and she s transferred to Barnstaple to escape her abusive husband She s got great instincts and I love her insights not only into motherhood but into the people she s interviewing Even Ross the brown noser is eventually shown as a complex "Person Cleeves Also Gives "Cleeves also gives a true sense of the area It s easily apparent why her books are turned into TV series as they re accessible smart and engaging the same re accessible smart and engaging The same true for this new series It s suspenseful and I had no idea how things were going to shake out The Ancient Central Andes until almost the end I can only hope that Cleeves writes enough of these books so that some wise tv producer can pickp this series as well My thanks to netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advance copy of this book The veteran crime writer Anne Cleeves begins a new series set in North Devon between the 2 rivers Taw and Torridge where DI Matthew Venn a gay man is his 40s married to his husband Jonathan is about to lead his first big murder inuiry when the dead body of a man is discovered on the sands the victim has a tattoo of a albatross on his neck and has been stabbed Venn is a local boy who grew p with his parents part of a strict evangelical church known as the Barum Brethren His family and the church ostracised him when he renounced their faith their God a creation in their own image as hard cold and inflexible as they are He is feeling a sense of regret his father has just died and he never got to see him as his health deteriorated Venn s partner Jonathan is the head of The Woodyard a community hub combining the arts a cafe and a day centre for learning disabled adultsWithin Barnstaple Police Matt is primarily helped by DS Jen Rafferty a woman who left her abusive husband in Liverpool settling locally with her children although she still misses city life The other main cop Ross May is deemed to be the eyes and ears of DCI Joe Oldham a fact that makes others wary of him The victim turns out to be Simon Walden a former forces man whose marriage had broken down after he killed a child whilst driving nder the influence of drink He had been working as a seasonal chef at a hotel been homeless with alcohol and depression issues He had been provided with a home by Caroline Preece and artist Gaby Henry Attending the Day Centre at The Woodyard are Down s Syndrome women Lucy Braddock and Chrissie Shapland As connections between the murder and The Woodyard begin to emerge Venn is plagued by his personal connections to the case which should mean he should not be part of the investigating team whilst his past history with The Brethren proves to be invaluable to the case Anne Cleeves provides her trademark vibrant sense of location I felt as if I was right there in North Devon I have high hopes for this series a lot of effort went into establishing and embedding the sense of place and the characters This is not a fast paced read "it s a character driven novel I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of "s a character driven novel I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of learning disabled women Lucy Chrissie and Rosa Holsworthy and their central role in the mystery For the most part this book was a 4 star read but somehow in the last arter it became a 5 star read as the multiple threads begi. For the first time in 20 years Ann Cleeves international bestselling and award winning author of the Vera and Shetland series both of which are hit TV shows embarks on a gripping new seriesIn North Devon where two rivers converge and run into the sea Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father. And look forward to returning to Matthew s story Published September 3rd 2019Thank you to St Martin s PressMinotaur Books and NetGalley for this ARC CulpabilityThe new series opener from the prolific crime writer Ann Cleeves establishes the foundation for another enthralling series that I m sure will receive many justified accolades The Long Call builds wonderful depth to a location a community multiple complex characters and a plot with enterprising threads that continuously surpriseDI Matthew Venn is the main character and will lead the investigation of a man found murdered on the beach at Crow Point The area is situated where the rivers Taw and Torridge join at the North Devon coast a location that Ann Cleeves brings vividly to life The region between the two rivers is set to be the focal point for the series giving it its nameMatthew s father has recently died 4 stars for a well done police proceduralI have read 1 other book by Ann Cleeves The Crow Trap which is book 1 in the Vera Stanhope series I gave that book 35 stars rounded p to 4 because it moved very slowly at times This book moved along well and held my interest The characters were believable and I was not sure who did what ntil towards the end The DIDetective Inspector in charge of a murder investigation is Matthew Venn He is a gay man married to Jonathan head of The Woodyard a day centre for learning disabled adults and a craftart centre The murdered man volunteered at The WoodyardOne ote He d left the window down and now he could hear the surf on the beach and the cry of a herring gull the sound the naturalists named the long call the cry which always sounded to him like an inarticulate howl of painThank You Minotaur BooksSt Martin s Press for sending me this eARC through NetGalleyUpdate May 82020 This book won an Agatha award Five blazing fantastic stars to the one of the best crime thrillers of this year Clap Clap ClapYou know the long call is the most complex vocalization of GULL s repertoire can be heard year round in mostly served as aggressive signals So the GULLS SCREAMING metaphoric WAKE UP CALL because this heart wrenching dark twisty nerve bending story taken place at North Devon people liked to act like THREE WISDOM MONKEYS They see no evil hear no evil and speak no evil because their reputation their fake lives their place at the society are important than everything They cover sexual abuses domestic violence bribery to resume their perfect shiny impeccable lives But one day THEY COULDN T COVER THE MURDER And the officers came out to dig into about secrets their dirty lies by rocking their world pside downThey seemed like they are so noble people doing charities extending their helping hands for the ones needed most But they re mostly the hypocritical people do this to hide their real faces from the outer world and blaming judging shunning the people as if they re the high authorities decision makers about people s lives and fates ITCHY FINGERS ALERT I WANT TO SLAP THEM ALL I chanted a huge BRAVA to the author Leading detective Matthew Venn who brings out the truth hid for a long time is also shunned by his own traditional parents because of his life choices and sexual inclination At the beginning of the story he found himself standing outside the church but he didn t attend his own father s funeral Even though he has a respectable job a good marriage people still stick to their prejudices Then a body was found with a tattoo of an Albatross on the neck When they found out Simon Walden who was former forces man and ex criminal was the victim who stabbed and left to deathAfter he had drunk driven and killed an innocent child who had found himself into the spiral of self loathing and depression suicidal tendencies He found himself homeless and drunk at the church of North Devon and Caroline Peece wanted to help him by accepting him into her house as a second lodger first one is Gaby Henry a talented artist who wanted to make ends meet to create her art passionately And he provided a job as seasonal chef at the hotelSpiritual meaning of Albatross is grace loyalty open minded He wanted to set free the bird by doing the right thing and paying for his sins but he is killed before accomplishing his missionHis death was connected to the Woodyard a community hub for helping mostly children who have learning disabilities and supporting art and cultural activities Jonathan husband of Matthew is also
the head of the Woodyard So what could be wrong about this honorable organization providing toohead of the Woodyard So what could be wrong about this honorable organization providing too opportunities to change people s lives The book is HARD SLAP to the judgmental POVs because nobody shows their true self to the others and faking their identitiesVictim atones to a mission he has to achieve to bring justice to a hidden crime of this close society but he pays his rightful attempts with his life After Simon Walden s death two children suffering from Down Syndrome were kidnapped So as the secrets revealed people started to hurt and craziness broke outMatthew is a complex withdrawn tormented smart character His team members Jen Refferty is also a victim of abusive marriage changed his life to leave Liverpool with her kids missing The Glamorous Crowded City glamorous crowded city is vivid brave smart fiery straightforward character she is also my favorite oneAnd Ross May is less likable not slap worthy a little pinch on his arm works for me character a little pretentious competitive show off living a dreamful marriage and social life He has been scolded by Matthew in front of his colleagues that damaged his self esteem a little bit but at the final parts he reluctantly learned to be a team playerSo many hard issues from abuses violence at home mental health disorder religious convictions sexual choices alcoholism suicidal tendencies are blended perfectly into the storyThis is memorable well balanced pacing not too slow or fast good enough to absorb the back stories and relationship dynamics "history of the town estioning clap deserving one of the best crime stories "of the town A Ta Place uestioning clap deserving one of the best crime stories ve read this year And ending was well rounded strong I have to put some cream on my face after I got so many literature and intellectual slaps from the author but I m looking forward to read stories of herbloginstagramfacebooktwitter. D to death The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed and his past and present collideAn astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland as well as new reader.