If you like Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

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Raven Black by Ann Cleeves: "In a remote Sheltland Islands hamlet, New Year's Eve rings in a dead body for Inspector Jimmy Perez in this 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award winner." (Library Journal)

If you enjoyed the unique rural British Isles settings of these books, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor A tale set in eighteenth-century Cambridge finds bookseller John Holdsworth commissioned to investigate Lady Anne Oldershaw's son's mental illness, a deep melancholy tied to a woman's mysterious death and a secret society. (catalog description)



The Arsenic Labyrinth by Martin Edwards Ten years after the disappearance of a Lake District woman, Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Scarlett re-opens the case when a stranger's tip leads to clues that could solve the mystery. Once again, Scarlett's mystery and historian Daniel Kind's research intersect at the Arsenic Labyrinth, a group of mining tunnels. (catalog description)



Black Dog by Stephen Booth In northern England, Detective Constable Ben Cooper investigates the death of fifteen-year-old Laura Vernon with the help of his new partner Diane Fry. (worldcat.org)




The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths

When a child's bones are found near an ancient henge in the wild saltmarshes of Norfolk's north coast, Ruth Galloway, a university lecturer in forensic archaeology, is asked to date them by DCI Harry Nelson who thinks they may be the bones of a child called Lucy who has been missing for ten years. (worldcat.org)


From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell 'Love and death, ' said Chief Inspector Wexford. 'Those were the only two sensational things that ever happened to Margaret Parsons. The thing is they both happened in my district.' The police knew about Margaret Parsons's life, and by the look of it, it was dull. But it was not Margaret's life that interested Wexford. It was her death. She had been a predictable ordinary woman - but now she had met a death of passion and violence for which there seemed neither motive nor clue (worldcat.org)


Haunted Ground by Erin Hart The Irish landscape holds secrets past and present as archaeologist Cormac O'Callaghan and pathologist Nora Gavin encounter a mystery when a decapitated woman is found in the bogs who may be related to a recent mother/child disappearance. (worldcat.org)



A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie

Scotland Yard Detective Inspector Duncan Kincaid vacations incognito at a time-share house in the north of England but must assume his true identity once again when a new acquaintance is found murdered in the hotel whirlpool. (worldcat.org)


Wycliffe and the Scapegoat by W.J. Burley Each year at Halloween, high on the Cornish cliffs, a life-size effigy of a man is strapped to a blazing wheel and run into the sea—a re-enactment of a hideous ancient legend of human sacrifice. So when Jonathan Riddle, a respected local builder and undertaker, disappears, it seems all too likely that his corpse has gone the way of the historic “scapegoat.” As Wycliffe begins to investigate Riddle’s family life, more and more unpleasant facts begin to emerge, until eventually he’s left with an incredible, seemingly impossible, solution. (worldcat.org)