The Crow Trap

The Crow Trap Vera Stanhope s first appearance was in The Crow Trap published in and now available in a new edition it forms the third episode of the TV series Vera adapted by Stephen Brady At the isolated B

  • Title: The Crow Trap
  • Author: Ann Cleeves
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  • Page: 299
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  • Vera Stanhope s first appearance was in The Crow Trap, published in 1999 and now available in a new edition it forms the third episode of the TV series Vera, adapted by Stephen Brady.At the isolated Baikie s Cottage on the North Pennines, three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaningVera Stanhope s first appearance was in The Crow Trap, published in 1999 and now available in a new edition it forms the third episode of the TV series Vera, adapted by Stephen Brady.At the isolated Baikie s Cottage on the North Pennines, three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayalFor team leader Rachael Lambert the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hideWhen Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness Bella, it appears, has committed suicide a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept.Only when the next death occurs does a fourth woman enter the picture the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, who must piece together the truth from these women s tangled lives

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    1. This is the first book in the Vera Stanhope series and gee it was good! I very much enjoy the TV series based on these books and I have to say that they chose really good actors to represent both Vera and Joe. As I was reading I could just visualise them saying the words. Such a good book - 535 pages but all of them so good that I seemed to be finished in no time. I always find that with a really good mystery I just never want to put it down and this is a really good mystery.So good in fact that [...]

    2. The Hook - Begin at the beginning, that’s my motto when it comes to most series mystery fiction. The Line(s) - ”The rich onion flan might have come out of the freezer but Barbara had cooked it before it went in. It was topped with tomatoes and Parmesan and latticed with anchovies and olives. “The above lines may seem strange to quote but I was intrigued by this dish intrigued me. Searching for a recipe I saw a latticed anchovy-onion tart, but flan it was not. If anyone has every heard of t [...]

    3. My first introduction to author Ann Cleeves and her protagonist Vera Stanhope did not go well.The book first delves into the lives of three women who are sharing temporary quarters while conducting an environmental assessment prior to digging a quarry. One of them is killed. Each woman was given a lengthy chapter. Vera shows up officially to investigate at the start of Part Two, about halfway through. The book is overly long at 535 pages and generally plods along to the conclusion.I checked revi [...]

    4. "I expect you think I'm oddEccentricThat's not the case, and if I do have a reputation for eccentricity, I have one too for getting results."—Vera StanhopeI attempted to read a physical copy of this book, but couldn't get into it. I knew that I just had to get along with Ann Cleeves, because I'm such a huge fan of both television series based on her books. So I decided to jump into the audiobook, and it was perfect! I chose to start it on a solitary road trip into the quiet of the forest. Such [...]

    5. This is book 1 in the series. I enjoyed it and rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is a long book, 535p and moves slowly at times, while the author builds the scene. The book is told from the perspective of 4 women:Rachael--1 of 3 women conducting a wildlife assessment to determine whether or a quarry would kill off any protected plants/animals. She has issues with Peter Kemp, whose company is running the assessment. Peter had an affair with her in order to steal her work. He then dumped her and marr [...]

    6. I enjoyed this book. I watched Vera on tv a few years ago and enjoyed that too. Now that I’ve read the book, I think the tv series did the book justice. I enjoyed the different POVs of the 4 women. It did seem a bit too long especially in the central section, not that it put me off. Will probably continue with the series at some point.

    7. The Crow Trap is the first in the Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves and one of the books in the series that the hugely popular ITV television show Vera is based upon. The extremely talented Brenda Blethyn is excellent playing the role of Vera in the TV show and it’s definitely worth a watch. If you enjoy English murder mysteries, this is an extremely well written, engaging read and a great start to the series. Although over 500 pages long, it doesn't feel like it as the writing reads easily [...]

    8. As a long time fan of Ann Cleeves Shetland series does it feel a bit odd to admit that it has taken me this long time to read a book from her Vera Stanhope series. Especially since I have seen the TV series and like it very much. But, I'm a bit grateful for waiting for this gave me the opportunity to read the first book in the series.I found THE CROW TRAP to be a bit different from the usual crime novels. Of course, I'm used to books with several different points of views, but this book starts o [...]

    9. This is the first Vera Stanhope novel. It took a long time to get the the point when Stanhope enters the story which is my reason for 4 stars. There are characters who hide their past and even their identity. There is an early suicide which leads Vera to investigate hidden links between characters. The setting is the North Pennines which are in County Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Cumbria.Vera's backstory in the book varies somewhat from the TV series. And although she is not a fashio [...]

    10. I had read many good reviews about this author, so being a lover of British mysteries, I decided to give her book a try. Well I was not disappointed, what a great read! This is the first novel I had read by Ann Cleeves and it won't be my last. It is also the first book in the Vera Stanhope detective series. She is not even introduced until you have read 2/3 of the book but the other characters are so fascinating that you don't even notice. Before I had even finished this book, I ordered the seco [...]

    11. The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves.This is the 1st in the Vera Stanhope series. This book is divided into sections describing in detail 3 women: Rachel, Anne and Grace. These 3 women are connected by their endeavors in an environmental project. They are all naturalists and educated, but there's so much more to their backgrounds and what brought them together in the first place. The story begins with Rachel discovering Bella had committed suicide. Shocked by this tragedy she is interviewed by the local [...]

    12. The Crow Trap has the indomitable Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope in fine fettle, once against unsettling all and sundry in her presence. Although it is not until over two-hundred-pages into the novel that she becomes known to the guests at remote Baikie Cottage, bringing with her a brash demeanour and distinctly unfeminine appearance, she more than makes up for her late entrance. Originally published in 1999, this is a timeless case with a host of suspects confusing matters and keeping reader [...]

    13. For some reason I've been reading the DI Vera Stanhope books utterly out of order. I've also seemed to think it was impossible to place an order for them, I've just bought and read them as I've found them. So now I happened on the first. Three women - Rachel, Anne and Grace - are together in an isolated cottage doing an environmental study. It regards whether there are any particular environmental reasons not to expand a quarry. The story is told through each of the women's point of view. It sta [...]

    14. This, the first of the Vera Stanhope mysteries, could have benefited from a little editing. At over 500 pages, with Vera not even appearing until after the first 200 pages, it was overlong. In the book, three women come together to investigate the possible effect on wildlife a new quarry operation would have. They, as well as Vera, are from the area and the plot swirls around the various relationships of members of the community. The complicated plot sorts itself out at the end of the book in a [...]

    15. This book introduces possibly the strangest police officer in fiction: Inspector Vera Stanhope. Middle aged, loud, and, in some ways, extremely common, Vera also has a sharp mind and an instinct for murderers.In "The Crow Trap" a woman hangs herself, and another young woman is find strangled near by. Is there a link? Is it murder and suicide, or could it be two murders? Vera is intent on finding out.Well written, well plotted and a thoroughly absorbing read.Highly recommended.

    16. First thing to say, I've read and very much enjoyed Ann Cleeves' books before. Second thing, I've not seen the television adaptations, so my views aren't coloured by these.If this had been my first Ann Cleeves, it might have been my last. She writes well, but in this instance could have benefitted from some serious editing. This is not a story that merits 550 pages. It's a slow burn. Almost half the story is taken up in introducing the plot from the standpoint of the three environmental scientis [...]

    17. Hmmm How to rate and review this one? There was nothing that I hated about it but nothing that was exceptionally compelling to read either. This book took me forever to read. It was one of the ones that I kept reading, and reading, and reading and never seeming to get any closer to the end. At times, I forgot what the mystery was about; I forgot the plot line and had to read the blurb to remind myself it was a murder mystery. But at the same time, I kept reading and reading. Again, nothing to ha [...]

    18. Giving this five stars despite several errors (spelling, wrong homonym, etc) that I foundoften that will annoy me enough to stop reading, but the story was of the variety that was simply difficult to put down. First case involving Inspector Vera Stanhope, and in this book we actually don't even meet her until halfway through the book. Initially the story is told from the viewpoint of each of three young scientists, women staying at a remote rural cabin to do scientific research counting plants, [...]

    19. The first book in the Vera Stanhope series begins with sections about three women who are staying at an isolated cottage in the North Pennines of England. Rachael, Anne and Grace are conducting an environmental and ecological review which will be used to determine whether or not the area can be developed into a quarry. When Rachael arrives at the cottage she discovers the body of close friend Bella Furness, who appears to have committed suicide, a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. When another [...]

    20. I don't often do things back to front but here is one such case. I enjoyed the Vera Stanhope series on TV and when I came across 'The Moth Catcher' in Waterstones I bought a copy and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is number seven in the series. I took a step back and read number six, 'Harbour Street'. Both copies were liveried in the TV tie-in covers and when the remaining five were so issued I jumped in and bought the lot. I like book covers. So here I was, ready to read this the first in the seri [...]

    21. Definitely a different mystery writer. I enjoyed it very much. I had seen a couple of episodes of the TV series, Vera previously and Ann Cleeves had received some recommendations from my acquaintances. So I finally got the first book and took the time to read it. Quite different from the series which is, of course, Vera-centric. In the book, you don't really meet Vera Stanhope until about half way through and she is almost peripheral as we explore the other women's lives and the events which ar [...]

    22. Eerste boek over de politie-inspecteur Vera Stanhope. Het duurt echter wel tot ongeveer 1/3 in het boek eer ze haar intrede doet. Vooraf maken we kennis met 3 vrouwen die aan een milieu-onderzoek meewerken om te bepalen of er in het gebied een steengroeve kan komen of niet. En ook met andere mensen die bij het project betrokken zijn. De kring van personages wordt ook nog uitgebreid met familie, kennissen en vrienden, en zo raken we op de hoogte van enkele onverwachte relaties. En dan worden er m [...]

    23. I know that I have found Ann Cleeves’s work late, but having found her novels I don’t intend to let go.I recognise that is a trite observation, but on finishing this novel, the first to feature detective Vera Stanhope, my overriding impression was of a novel that had been exceptionally well crafted.The novel’s plotting and structure are flawless. I know this should be expected from a crime author of such renown as Cleeves, but her formal dexterity goes far beyond that of many of the best c [...]

    24. I have loved the series Vera for a long time. but now I finally got around to reading the first book in the series. I really enjoyed it, not only because I love the character of Vera Stanhope but because it gave me so much more than the tv show.Vera really isn't even in half the book. The characterizations of the women working on the environmental project are very in depth and gives a greater sense of the players involved as well as the murder victim(s). I was surprised how much STORY there was [...]

    25. Slow, uninspiring, boring, with no charm whatsoever. Story did nothing to draw me in. I persevered through the first chapter, trying to pay attention to all names, details and relationships, only to turn the page and see that the next chapter is a retelling of those same events from perspective of another character.And then the third.Once fourth character enters the play (yeah), the book picks up pace. By that, I mean something happens, as opposed to "suicide and nothing" in the first half of th [...]

    26. I must admit that I had never heard of this author and discovered her quite by chance. I love British drama series and as I was browsing the selection on Hulu, I came across "Vera" starring Brenda Blethyn whom I simply adore. Once I realized this series was based on the books by Ann Cleeves, I immediately made it my mission to locate every book in the series. After all, we all know the book is so much better than any film adaptation! And I could not be more pleased with this first installment in [...]

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