The Crow Trap

The Crow Trap

eBook - 2017
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Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. 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.Ann Cleeves's popular Vera Stanhope books have been made into the hit series "Vera" starring Brenda Blethyn and are available in the U.S.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©1999
ISBN: 9781250122759
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (560 p.)

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May 13, 2019

I have enjoyed the Vera TV show, and listening to the source material is very interesting. Melancholy but very well written female characters.--Laura (for more of Laura's suggestions, follow WoodneathLaura)

May 02, 2019

I have enjoyed the Vera TV show, and listening to the source material is very interesting. Melancholy but very well written female characters.

ArapahoeAlyson Feb 04, 2019

This is the first book in the Vera Stanhope series and she is a treat. Read the books or watch the televised adaptations!

Jul 04, 2017

Being introduced to Vera Stanhope in her first mystery was a delight. Vera’s not your normal police detective. She’s fat, she’s sloppy, she’s actually the kind of person I’d like to invite over for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake to hear more about her. Despite first impressions, she solves her cases, even convoluted cases like the one in The Crow’s Trap. Vera needs to have her own BBC tv series, she’s that original.

Jan 16, 2017

This is the first of the Vera Stanhope series. Vera is an older woman who manipulates her detective forces and others involved in the mystery, in much the same way as Gladys Mitchell's Mrs. Bradley. The complex story unfolds from the viewpoints of three women who are conducting an environmental survey which will determine whether an old mine will be re-opened. We see each woman's story from their own viewpoint, and this reveals each woman's opinion of the other characters, thus giving more depth to all three of the women. Rachael, the young woman in charge of the project, arrives at the cottage, where the three women will be living, to find that her friend, Bella, from the next farm, has hanged herself in the shed next to the cottage. As Rachael tries to make sense of this event, she brings in her mother, Edie, a teacher and school counselor. As they investigate, more deaths occur, which brings Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope into the picture. It takes considerable casting of nets into the sea of seemingly unconnected people and events to bring a solution and stop the killings. Cleeves is not a teller of happy stories, but her stories pull the reader in and involve them in solving the crime. I was not surprised at the identity of the murderer, but Vera had to tell us all what the motive was. I was completely surprised by it.

Dec 13, 2016

(The first book in the Vera Stanhope series) Unfortunately Vera is only a secondary character in this mystery. Thankfully Ms. Cleeves went on to develop the series. I love the characterization of Vera by Brenda Blethyn and do not see Vera as quite as unattractive as described in the mysteries. I was a little disappointed in this volume because of the low profile of Vera herself, but I highly recommend the series - film and books. Kristi & Abby Tabby

BostonPL_JordanD Nov 07, 2016

After watching the first two seasons of the British TV show, Vera, I picked up this book, thinking they would be pretty much the same thing. They're not. They're actually very different. Which is both good and not so good. I was hoping they would be similar because I've come to love the series and I like the way we're with Vera and her Sargent Joe Ashworth (my favorite characters) through the whole mystery. On the other hand, I think it's a bit unique perhaps (?) to have a book that's mostly told from other people's perspectives and only in the last quarter, do we get the Inspector's POV. My point being, it was interesting the way it was told, but I wanted more Vera and Joe!

That said, this book was a fantastic read, if a bit slow. Still, I couldn't put it down. And when Vera did finally show up, I was cheering because I recognized her as Vera, her description gave her away, and because I knew she was one of the good guys while the other characters could only wonder about her until she came clean.

Anyway, this murder mystery kept me guessing all the way through, trying to pin it on one person and then another, and then another, never guessing correctly. This will surely have you on your toes until the end.

And no worries if you've already watched the episode based on this book, I don't think one will ruin the other for you. At least, it didn't for me.

Oct 16, 2016

I agree with the Tugboat Annie description. Brenda Blethyn of the Vera tv series has created a much more likable emotionally available character.

Gave up on books; will stick with tv show.

loblollyrosa Feb 15, 2016

This is the only copy in the library system. Handle this book (paperback) with care: damaged spine with loose pages taped back on. A replacement or extra copies needed here.

Dec 25, 2015

PBS mystery Vera based on this series

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