Thursday 12th September at 7pm; Shire Hall, Monmouth – Ticket £5
Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can now be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.
Join Ann for an evening when she will talk about her new novel, The Long Call – the first installment in a brand new series featuring Matthew Venn, aman destined to be as loved and respected as Ann Cleeves’ previous creations, Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez.
North Devon – where the rivers Taw and Torridge run to the sea – is an idyllic holiday spot for so many. Ice-cream, sun, surf, it’s all there for the taking. But when the holiday makers leave, what is left? For the locals, life is hard when they, and their money, go. Rural poverty abounds and seasonal workers find themselves out of work, desperate to make ends meet. Addicts and offenders arrive, keen to pick the spoils of what remains, but where dissension starts, inevitably crime takes hold.
One man knows all of its secrets. He grew up there, a member of the Devon Brethren until he was cast out by his family for something he could, and never would, change; the right to love who he chose.
Now he has a husband and a life he loves. He, they, live on the water towards Lundy Island and he is a detective, with a team and a mission to keep Devon safe for those who will come again, and again.