Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Large Print - 2005
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It has been 10 years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now new evidence has proved Jeanie's innocence. On hearing the news, Emma Bennett is haunted once more by memories of her vibrant best friend, Abigail, and by the thought that her killer is still at large. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries amongst the residents of Elvet, the small East Yorkshire village where Emma and Abigail grew up, inevitably, tensions begin to mount; but are people afraid of the killer, or of their own guilty pasts? With each person's story revisited, the Inspector begins to suspect that some deadly secrets are threatening to unfurl. But she needs to move quickly, for when another body is found, her investigation takes on a chilling, claustrophobic new turn...
Publisher: Charnwood,� 2005
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781846171154
1846171156
Branch Call Number: LT CLEE

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Roundcat
Jan 28, 2018

Vera Stanhope is one of my favorite detective series. She observes that one of her erstwhile co-workers is too honest to be a good detective. She, on the other hand, shifts her approach to suit the situation and thinks like a chess player, putting the pieces of information she gets together to make the picture of the criminal. This one had so many suspects that, as Vera eliminates them one by one and comes to confront the guilty person, she (as well as the reader) is not absolutely sure she's got it right. We see the story from the viewpoints of various characters, who are well fleshed out and believable. We've been watching these people relive the old murder that Vera is sent to review, and then moving into the present with a new crime. In the end, I was completely dumbfounded when Vera revealed the real murderer. The response to the reveal of the true murderer, by those close to the murderer, was kind of warped by their own refusal to see events in their true light. How they will cope with this? We will have to guess.

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SuzClark
Nov 23, 2017

The one star is for the condition of the book. The copy I got is so saturated with cigarette smoke that I can't stand being near it.

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gloryb
Jan 30, 2016

This story is available in the DVD Vera, set 1 which i have seen.

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RitaRaun
Nov 01, 2013

Another great read from Ann Cleeves one of the best current mystery writers around.

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