The Long Call

The Long Call

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In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide. An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2019.
©2019
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432870430
Characteristics: 535 pages (large print) : map ; 25 cm.
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Summary: In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide. An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

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FVReader
May 31, 2021

This is the first book by Ann Cleeves that I've read, although I thoroughly enjoy the TV series Vera. I found this book, The Long Call, to be as atmospheric and enjoyable as the Vera series.

The main character, Matthew Venn, was raised in a strict religious community, the Barum Brethren, and lost his friends and family when he left the Church. While back for his father's funeral, he is involved in the investigation of a body found on the beach and must again interact with the Brethren as he tries to find the murderer.

Many red herrings and clues. Many possibilities. The countryside becomes almost another character. The main characters are interesting and their personalities start to emerge throughout this book. The mystery is interesting and keeps one guessing. I was on the wrong track. LOL

I will look for the next book. This was a good start to to a new mystery series with an interesting investigative team.

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cdarin11
May 14, 2021

Good catching up with Ann Cleeves. Enjoyed meeting her new characters. Will follow up with "Wild Fire" the last Shetland novel.

good catching

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CA_GREEN
May 12, 2021

This book was slow and dragged on for hundreds of pages without capturing my interest. Despite a complicated backstory, the main character wasn’t the least bit intriguing. I much prefer the Vera series where more happens and the main characters aren’t so dry and boring.

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Peggy57
Mar 20, 2021

Did not enjoy this, compared to Vera and Shetland series. Seem to drag on and on.....

A well written crime novel introducing new characters in small town England. I found the plot a bit draggy, Cleeves trying to be too politically correct, I think. But the depiction of charity fraud and abuse was very true to life. I look forward to reading more of this detective

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Urbano
Oct 29, 2020

Really enjoyable start to a new series by one of my favourite mystery authors.

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WritingChick65
Oct 14, 2020

Although I've been a big fan of Vera and Shetland on PBS, I've never read Cleeves before. I thought this book, her first with a new character, would be a good place to start. First, this book is very British with some words and phrases that may confuse American readers, but I personally love the British sayings. Matthew Venn comes across as a somewhat subdued character, withdrawn and a little unsure of himself in social settings, but also determined to get to the bottom of whatever crime he is tasked with solving. He has an interesting pair of sidekicks in Jenn and Ross. This book started off a little on the slow side, but then started to steamroll about 2/3 of the way through. Not sure what to think of Matthew Venn, but Cleeves wove a good mystery. A good read.

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Grandma007
Aug 16, 2020

This was the first book by Ann Cleeves I have read. We do not call individuals with Down Syndrome learning disabled in this country. She included three women with Down Syndrome in the story. Each is an individual and each is very different from each other in terms of social skills and behavior. Many characters were not very well drawn. Who dun it is a surprise but by the end its not very important compared to the the priest who molests the young woman. Kind of a different sort of story. Would like to read more of her work to see if this one is typical or not.

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frequentusercom
Jun 03, 2020

Although Anne Cleeves continues to engage the reader as well as she has done in her other series and books I am disappointed in this new character and the introduction of an awkward lead character and what must be her new series. I am tired of the politically correct of this world cramming the “gay” agenda down our throats. I found Ms Cleeves frequent references to “my husband,” or “his husband” awkward and often unnecessary. A character in a similar story, in a heterosexual relationship probably would not be referred to as “my wife,” or “your wife,” but rather by their first name. I am a huge fan of Jimmy Perez and Vera, and enjoy Vera on public broadcasting here in B.C. I could read much, much more with both Perez and Stanhope in story lines.

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Prudenceandthetome
May 14, 2020

The beginning of a new series for Ann Cleeves. Atmospheric descriptions of the area and lovely tricky characters. Worth a read.

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