Wild Fire

Wild Fire

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Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life.But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case.Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come?
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2018.
ISBN: 9781447278245
Branch Call Number: FIC Cleev
Characteristics: 398 pages : color map ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Wildfire

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VaughanPLDaniela Nov 11, 2019

The engaging final installment in the Jimmy Perez mysteries, Wild Fire tells the story of a close-knit community torn apart by the death of a young nanny. Set in the remote and atmospheric Shetland islands, DI Perez and his boss Willow Reeves must navigate their own tense relationship while diggi... Read More »


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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020

JOANNE'S MYSTERY PICKS

In the Acknowledgements, prior to the beginning of this book, Cleeves states that this is the last Shetland novel that she’ll write. For the reader, this means that she needs to wrap up the stories about Jimmy Perez and his team.

This novel is all about dysfunctional relationships and families and I felt that the characters were simply shadows on the page – even Jimmy Perez wasn’t fully formed and we “know” him. When the body of a young nanny is found hanging in the barn of recent newcomers to the island, the gossip about her and the families involved, takes off like “wild fire”. Jimmy, along with his boss, Willow Reeves, has to sort out the truth from the lies and innuendo while dealing with their own fractured relationship.

The investigation into this incident is haphazard, darting here and there without any real pattern. Leads are quickly acted on, then simply dropped when someone else comes forward with information, never again to be pursued. The solution appears contrived and leads the reader to ask “how did we get here?”

This is certainly a disappointing ending to a series that I’ve enjoyed reading through eight novels. Maybe it’s just as well that it’s the last installment.

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nelll
Mar 21, 2020

Once again Ann Cleeves does not disappoint....very good book.

VaughanPLDaniela Nov 11, 2019

The engaging final installment in the Jimmy Perez mysteries, Wild Fire tells the story of a close-knit community torn apart by the death of a young nanny. Set in the remote and atmospheric Shetland islands, DI Perez and his boss Willow Reeves must navigate their own tense relationship while digging deeper into long held secrets. What they discover is sure to shock these seasoned detectives!

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fred98115
Oct 16, 2019

Final Shetland Islands mystery in the series featuring local policeman, Perez. Townspeople shun newcomers, and a young nanny is found hanging in an outbuilding of the shunned family. Perez and his pregnant girl friend are asked to solve the mystery. Suicide? Murder?

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s3condanneR0se
May 13, 2019

So sad that this is the last Jimmy Perez novel. I have so enjoyed reading these well-written, interesting mysteries set in Shetland. Wild Fire wrapped up loose ends and gave indications for a bright future. Maybe Ann Cleeves can be persuaded to bring Jimmy back to us.

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librarianatlarge
Apr 16, 2019

A satisfactory end to the series. I'll miss Jimmy Perez and the other Shetland characters.

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kayc_dana
Apr 06, 2019

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AnnSkye
Feb 03, 2019

Another good detective novel from Cleve’s and the last in the Jimmy Perez series.

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gloryb
Nov 24, 2018

Cleeves says in her Acknowledgement page that this will be her last novel with Perez as the main character. Too bad as I enjoyed these stories. I do like her writing style. She gets the story started immediately with a murder that needs to be solved. When the detectives get called in, it is then that the relationships between the families, the small community, and between the detectives themselves gets described. Many characters in the community have grudges so they end up as suspects and as good red herrings for the real killers which Cleeves reveals only during the last few pages. She moves the action right along so that I just wanted to sit and read the book from cover to cover in one sitting. Her description of the island with its fog, bluffs, screeching gannets, sand dunes, and the sound of the waves - never over lengthy - just added to my reading pleasure.

Having spent time in Shetlands I do enjoy the description of life on these islands. The references to the mud slide issues, the decrease in oil money, and the xenophobic life in hamlets. The plot is interesting but Cleeves is not an exceptional writer. The Perez character is just too hackneyed for my taste. Still a good quick diversionary read.

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