The Long Call


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$16.99  $15.80
Minotaur Books
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5.3 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

ANN CLEEVES is the multi-million copy bestselling author behind two hit television series--Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, and Vera, starring Academy Award Nominee Brenda Blethyn--both of which are watched and loved in the United States.

Shetland and Vera are available on BritBox in the United States. An adaptation of The Long Call, the first book in her Two Rivers series, will premiere on BritBox in 2022.

The first Shetland novel, Raven Black, won the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel, and Ann was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger in 2017. She lives in the United Kingdom.


A Wall Street Journal Bestseller!
A Library Journal Best Book of 2019
A September 2019 LibraryReads pick!

A St. Louis Post Dispatch Best Book of 2019
One of Aunt Agatha's Best Books of 2019

Cleeves's true strength lies in her descriptions of the natural world, gorgeously captured.--New York Times Book Review

Cleeves' acclaimed Shetland series may be history, but her newest detective--buttoned-up, gay, married, ex-evangelical Matthew Venn--is a righteous successor.--People

The plotting is complex and intriguing, the location comes alive, and the resolution satisfies... fans of Cleeves lamenting the end of the 'Shetland' series will find much to love in her new characters and setting.--Library Journal (starred)

Fans missing detective Jimmy Perez (Wild Fire, 2018, etc.) will find a worthy successor in the equally complex Venn, who presides over an excellent mystery in this series kickoff.--Kirkus

Cleeves makes good use of Devon local color and populates this subtle, expertly paced mystery with distinctive supporting characters.--Publishers Weekly

As usual with this talented author, the key is relationships, and the murder is an occasion to examine them and then, finally, to expose what rips them apart.--Booklist

Cleeves' new series is as nuanced, compassionate and compelling as her bestsellers starring two other gifted cops, Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez.--Seattle Times

This is a perfect opening chapter that promises to be another phenomenally successful Cleeves series.--Globe and Mail

Cleeves shows her usual mastery at creating fully fleshed characters, as well as a plot that keeps readers rapt, and ready for the next installment.--Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Long Call . . . is driven by strong characters who are deep, likeable and presented in great detail. Cleeves is also adept in providing a good sense of place. Although the story is rife with twists and surprises, the end comes together nicely.--The Missourian

Matthew is immediately engaging. So, especially, is Jonathan, and so are Matthew's two sidekicks, colorful single mother Jen and straitlaced and ambitious Ross.--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves' latest. She easily exceeded those expectations with The Long Call. Matthew Venn is a keeper. A stunning debut for Cleeves' latest crimefighter.--David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Brilliant, thoughtful and deeply engaging.--Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author of the V.I. Warshawski series

Ann Cleeves is a phenomenal talent. With unfailing skill, gorgeous setting, flawless plot and seamless voice, she brilliantly conjures new worlds in crime fiction. Her instantly iconic Detective Matthew Venn is a treasure--and we will all follow him anywhere.--Hank Phillippi Ryan, Nationally bestselling and award-winning author of The Murder List

"Fans of Ann Cleeves' Vera and Shetland novels won't be disappointed with this unputdownable series debut! With an evocative setting, a gripping plot, and beautifully drawn characters, The Long Call is a terrific read--and Matthew Venn is my new favorite detective."--Deborah Crombie, New York Times bestselling author of Garden of Lamentations

"A new series from Ann Cleeves had hopes raised sky-high but The Long Call exceeded them. Of course, the setting is sumptuously realised, as Cleeves moves without apparent effort from painting the sweep of wild landscapes to skewering the tiniest domestic vanity. Matthew Venn is a triumph of Cleeves' particular blend of compassion and toughness and I already love him."--Catriona McPherson, national bestselling author of Strangers at the Gate

"Ann Cleeves has done it again! A new detective, a new series, another terrific puzzle of a story that won't let you go until the very end. Matthew Venn quickly earns his place beside Vera and Jimmy in a debut you don't want to miss: The Long Call."--Charles Todd, bestselling author of The Black Ascot

In The Long Call, Ann Cleeves builds a prism of a world, multi-faceted, complex, and as brilliant as a diamond. Fans of Vera and Jimmy will love Matthew Venn.--Lori Rader-Day

Clever, compassionate, and atmospheric, with a great cast of new characters to love. I am already a Matthew Venn fan.--Elly Griffiths, award-winning author of the Ruth Galloway series

Ann Cleeves has a special gift for making it seem as if she has been writing about a new character or new location for years. The Long Call is brilliant--a page-turning and sensitively told tale, with a vividly evoked North Devon setting, a powerful emotional heft and a new detective hero in Matthew Venn who you will want to follow for book after book. Wonderful!"--Chris Ewan, award-winning author of the Good Thief's Guide series

Ann Cleeves' new series gets off to a terrific start with The Long Call--her native Devon is wonderfully evoked, and Matthew Venn is a very appealing new detective. Another sure-fire hit.--Martin Edwards, author of Gallows Court

Cleeves excels at creating believable, flawed characters in dramatic settings. Moody and tense, The Long Call will more than satisfy Cleeves's many existing fans and new readers alike.--Shelf Awareness

[The Long Call] introduces us to an unexpectedly splendid new hero, Detective Matthew Venn. In this book we have fleshed-out characters, as well as an engaging plot, with lots of twisting contemplations and complications.--The Regulator Bookshop

[An] intelligent and complex police procedural of which Ann Cleeves is a master. This has all the Cleeves' hallmarks--beautiful writing, intelligent plotting, thoughtful social explication, and wonderfully memorable characters. Great debut to a new series.--Aunt Agatha's

Cleeves evokes the local landscape as if it were a character in its own right. The plot moves at a healthy pace, and there is at least one surprise in store. By the end, The Long Call had me hooked--a promising beginning to another fine chapter in the Ann Cleeves story."--The Times UK

"With a series of ingenious twists and an endearing cast of characters, The Long Call is a triumph that cements Cleeves' status as one of Britain's best crime writers."--Daily Express (UK)

"Splendid stuff, with Cleeves' characteristic gift for locale (here north Devon)."--Financial Times (UK)

Praise for Ann Cleeves:

"Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."--Louise Penny

"Gripping from start to finish."--Booklist

"Chilling . . . enough to freeze the blood."--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"Cleeves' taut, atmospheric thriller will keep readers guessing until the last page."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)