I am a HUGE fan of the television series Shetland. I think I could easily say it’s my favorite television show ever…besides MASH. Have you seen the series?? Season 7 came out this Fall and I watched it each week with MUCH anticipation of the next week.
I love everything about the characters. I love the actors. I love-love-love the scenery. I love the storylines. I love peacoats. There really isn’t anything I don’t like. Wait…I don’t like that there is so much time between seasons.
Well, the other day when I was looking for a book to listen to I decided to check out the book series that the shows were originally based on. The first in the series in Raven Black.
I wasn’t sure what I’d think when I started because sometimes books are better than shows and versa-visa.
I ended up liking both. They are enough different to keep my interest so that was wonderful. The only problem I have, and it’s not a problem, is that I keep imagining the characters on the television to be the characters in the book. They have the same names so…
It turns out in the book that Jimmy really doesn’t like Sandy but in the show, Jimmy can get annoyed by Sandy but he actually still really likes him and values his work. In the book, Fran isn’t dead. Cassie is younger. All of this is totally okay but just different.
Here is what Amazon had to say:
“Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves’ fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this amazing suspense novel, Raven Black. Like Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse or Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks, Cleeves’ new detective, Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands.
It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter’s eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross.
The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man—loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine’s neighbors nervously lock their doors, while a killer lives on in their midst.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.4 stars. I’d probably agree. There are 8 books in the series, I plan to eventually get to them all. Hopefully, that will tide me over until the next season comes out.
Besides Shetland, Ann Cleve is the brilliant mind behind other British television series including Vera and The Long Call. I loved The Long Call and have just started watching Vera. If you’re not a book reader, definitely check out the television shows. You can find them all on Brit Box.