BOOK REVIEW: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves

Title: The Long Call
Author: Ann Cleeves
Publication: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 382

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, 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, stabbed 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 collide.

An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.


**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Ann Cleeves Is a well known and popular detective mystery writer with characters that many love. But The Long Call is a new set of characters and an all new series. I was not disappointed with the new storyline.

Cleeves is well known for her hard hitting and intricate detective mysteries. The Long Call follows Detective Venn as he investigates a crime close to home. I think that Cleeves writes a classically good mystery. Some mystery writers these days try to amp up the story with flashy plot lines and add on stories, but I think Cleeves has a way of making a normal news worthy crime into an intricate tale of mystery and intrigue. I loved Detective Venn and his simplicity to life. He was just a good hearted man and he was very good at his job. I loved the side characters we met along the way as I tried to figure out the solution to this crime.

One of my favorite parts of this story is that I didn’t guess the ending early on. I love being thoroughly intrigued, but not knowing what is gonna play out, because then I just keep flipping pages needing more. I feel like The Long Call is the beginning of a great series with Detective Venn and one I would like to continue exploring as Cleeves releases more stories in this series.

All mystery lovers should already know Cleeves, but if not then you will not be disappointed with The Long Call and I am sure it will have you coming back for more. Definitely something I will be making regular visits back to. I’m very interested to see what situation Venn finds himself in next.


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