Jan 19, 2022
Telling Tales
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  • Title: Telling Tales
  • Author: Ann Cleeves
  • ISBN: 9780330523042
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
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Abigail Mantel was your typical 15 year old teenager or was she Blessed with good looks Abigail could have any fellow she took a fancy to, including the much older ones as well However Abigail s life was destined to be short when her cold body was found lying in a drainage ditch with a scarf wrapped tightly around her pale, thin neck The detectives soon found the culprit, and Jeanie Long was sent to prison for the dastardly deed, who by all accounts was having a passionate affair with the father [...]

Rachel Hall

Ann Cleeves is manna from heaven for nosy readers everywhere and Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is a pleasure to watch in action as she blusters onto a crime scene with her brusque line in questioning, scruffy attire and curious ability to make herself comfortable, even when she is an unwilling intruder This second novel is another opportunity to devour Ann Cleeves unique brand of atmospheric crime fiction, marked out by her portrayals of village life against the rugged backdrop of the windsw [...]


I m Vera Stanhope Inspector Northumbria police A case like this they send an outsider in Fresh eyes You know Check they did everything right the first time round Cleeves portrays her Inspector as a very unlikable, larger than life character She reminds me a lot of Columboe makes like she s dim, but she s an ocean of life Telling Tales takes us to Yorkshire, where Vera is brought in to reinvestigate a closed case Jeanie Long, convicted of the murder of a fifteen year old girl ten years earlier, c [...]


This second book in the Vera Stanhope series was better than the first, but I think there s still lots of room for improvement Much of the book is spent getting the reader comfortable with all the players, but I still had to stop every now and then to keep them straight in my head Michael and Peg Long have a daughter, Jeanie, who lived with a man, Keith Mantel, whose daughter, Abigail, was murdered Abigail s friend, Emma Bennett, wife of James and mother of Matthew, found the body Jeanie is conv [...]


Telling Tales is the second book in the Vera Stanhope series and I loved this one as much as the first Vera appears in this book much earlier than the first one I still didn t guess the murderer in this one either, but had fun trying The ending really surprised me in this book and although I loved the first book, I think I may have enjoyed this one even slightly better Another well written, well paced, engaging addition to the series I m starting to feel a little sorry for Vera, she appears to b [...]


Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves.This was my 1st Vera book and the 2nd in the series although I ve been watching the Vera series on TV Main Characters Emma and James Bennett parents of baby Matthew.Robert and Mary Winter parents of Emma and Christopher.Dan Greenwood former police office now spending his time in a pottery shed.Keith Mantel Abigail s father, a shady business man.Joe Ashworth Vera s right hand police presence on most interviews.Emma Bennett and Abigail Mantel have developed a sort of c [...]

Mary Gilligan-Nolan

Loving this series with Inspector Vera Stanhope I had previously read the Shetland Quartet one further one was added recently and had hoped this series would be as good, and it is This is the second of the series, so far, I think there are six published Ten years after Jeanie Long has been convicted for the murder of 15 year old Abigail Mantel, Jeanie commits suicide after being turned down again for parole Then, a witness comes forward and gives Jeanie an alibi supporting her claim she was in L [...]


Telling Tales is the second Inspector Vera Stanhope mystery by Ann Cleeves I had read The Crow Trap a couple of years ago and enjoyed very much, then got sidetracked by her Shetland series Everything I ve read by Ann Cleeves so far, I ve enjoyed very much.Telling Tales revisits a 10 year old murder after the woman convicted of the crime kills herself in prison and after a new witness comes up clearing her of the murder Vera Stanhope is assigned to go to the Yorkshire village of Elvet to re open [...]

Sharon Mensing

I was having a bit of Jimmy Perez withdrawal after finishing the last of the Shetland Quartet, so I decided I needed to try another of Ann Cleeves series This book was actually the second in the Vera Stanhope series, since I couldn t get my hands on the first It was a great book, with Cleeves characteristic rich description of the setting and deep characterization I feel as though I know the characters, and I am very much looking forward to getting to know Vera Stanhope better In this book, a yo [...]


Bought this because I m a huge fan of the TV series and love Brenda Blethyn in the title role of Vera This is certainly a well crafted and solidly delivered police procedural but I didn t quite appreciate the author s Vera Stanhope if that makes any sense To my mind she didn t have the warmth, humanity that brings the title character to life on the page.Loved the setting and the well executed mystery component but to my mind it is the bleakness of the environment that is a wonderful backdrop to [...]

Louise Fligman

Give it time and you ll soon be hookedIt took me a while to get into this book because it is a slow burner It doesn t have tense and thrilling action the whole way through like other crime novels, but I think that is what makes this series stand out I like how Ann Cleeves not only introduces you to all the main characters, but gives you really deep information about them and their pasts As I persevered, I became very intrigued, particularly after the first part of the novel Tension and suspense [...]

Carol Jean

Fascinating characters and atmosphere It s long and complex, so set aside a winter day and curl up by the fire with endless cups of tea You can switch to whiskey partway through in synch with Vera Stanhope Lovely

Chrissa Vasileiou

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Nancy Ellis

Wonderful story I love the way she draws you in, filling out the stories of all the characters involved, making you hope the murderer isn t your particular favorite, but always managing a whopper of an ending The TV series is terrific, but as always, the books are even better.


Vera Stanhope is growing on me but it was hard to like anyone else in this book


Anne Cleeves does write a very good story This is a very good book, but not a great book I do enjoy Anne Cleeves writing she writes a complex story quite often involving events from the past and leaves you thinking many of the characters could have had a convincing reason for being the murderer I did, at one point, think the actual murderer could have been guilty, but it wasn t until towards the every end of the book that I finally worked out she must have done it I do prefer the Shetland Island [...]

Ruan Peat

So much different to the first and again a great novel, found myself unable to put down the book until I had the killer, again it was someone that had been visible from the start who had been in and out of the frame but never seemingly the center, even as you get to the end you still have to hang on to your seat For me this is turning into a modern mystery series and I get the same feelings of joy from the twists and turns as I have had from Christie and Sayers, with the addition of a modern set [...]

John Morris

This is how i like my mystery novels Small coastal town, surprises and secrets in every house and anyone or everyone could be guilty Nice


Telling Tales is book 2 in the Vera Stanhope series and is just such a great police procedural I started reading it while cooking Thanksgiving dinner and had such a hard time tearing myself away every time I had to stop to tend to some cooking Vera is her usual insightful, stodgy, and somewhat unnerving self.In this mystery an old case that was thought to be solved is now reopened and Vera is brought in as a new set of eyes The death of young girl in the past is tied to the death of a young man [...]


A decent and readable book with much to recommend it 3.5 stars seems mean, because objectively, it s a very well crafted book But it lacks that certain something to enable me to round up to a 4I found it odd on a personal level, because it featured the Humber pilots My sister in law s father worked for many years as a Humber pilot, from Spurn Head, thinly disguised in this novel So, naturally, you d think I d be recommending this However, she shares her name with the murder victim In fact, it wa [...]

Shirley Schwartz

I first met Inspector Vera Stanhope on a television series on public television I enjoyed the series so much that I had to read the books This is the second book in the Vera Stanhope series We don t see Vera in this book until about a third of the way through, but we are introduced to some truly unlikable characters before we do see Vera I couldn t help thinking, Hooray, finally a character that I can enjoy Vera has been called in to reexamine a case that was supposedly solved ten years ago The [...]


2nd in the Vera Stanhope series, and a complete surprise ending I may be terribly dense but I never even had an inkling who done it I m a fan of Ann Cleeves and recently purchased the whole series Have heard that British TV has filmed a series based on these books, would love to see that

Laura Garner

I m loving the depth and complexity of this series, and I absolutely love Vera She s real, solid, pathetic yet heroic.

Donna Irwin

Not read Ann Cleeves before but saw this new one in the library Thoroughly enjoyed it Great story, a few twists, and a good character in Vera.


No one writes like Ann Cleeves The characters come across amazingly real And I do adore Vera.


Chomp Gulp Burp Lip Smack Another Vera Stanhope down the hatch, another on the way.


Cleeves is always worth reading, but this one had so many characters it was difficult to keep them straight And she did wait until almost the end to pull the rabbit out of the hat It sometimes seems like she withholds information just to keep the thing going.That said, this was a good title for the book, in which all of the characters had stories to tell Some of them were truthful and some not so much Life s like that.This is the second Vera, only recently published in this country, and she s st [...]

Marilyn Shea

I think this book was the best of the Ann Cleeves books I ve read so far Careful descriptions of each character, secrets and silences that aren t necessarily sinister, just enough uneasiness about some characters to make speculation interesting Really good.

John Lee

A most enjoyable story The authors style of starting the story in a very character based way is very similar to her previous book, The Crow Trap, is much to my taste.As readers of my notes will know I am someone who tries to work out who dun it before the denoument but the web was woven and covered so well here that I didnt have anyone in the frame, right up to the last chapter.The TV characterisation of Vera, which I tried to avoid, just didnt work for me as Brenda Blethyn, fine actress that sh [...]

LindaBranham Greenwell

The novel takes place in a small Yorkshire village on the river where men make their living as pilots and coxswains guiding big shipsTen years previously, Cleeves narrator Emma discovered the body of her best friend, 15 year old Abigail Mantel A neighbor Jeanie Long was convicted of the crime and has killed herself in prison after being denied parole Now there s new evidence of her innocence.Enter Vera Stanhope a most unusual police inspector to solve the case Vera is a very interesting characte [...]

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