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The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope 9) - Ann Cleeves

The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope 9) - Ann Cleeves

These books are from a signed Independent Bookshop Limited Edition

Title: The Darkest Evening

Independent Bookshop signed and numbered first edition, first printing

Author:  Ann Cleeves

ISBN:  9781509889518

Weight:  990 g



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The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

DCI Vera Stanhope returns in The Darkest Evening, the ninth novel in Sunday Times bestseller Ann Cleeves’ enduringly popular series.

Driving home during a swirling blizzard, Vera Stanhope’s only thought is to get there quickly.

But the snow is so heavy, she becomes disoriented and loses her way.  Ploughing on, she sees a car slewed off the road ahead of her.  With the driver’s door open, Vera assumes the driver has sought shelter but when she inspects the car she is shocked to find a young toddler strapped in the back seat.

Afraid they will freeze, Vera takes the child and drives on, arriving at Brockburn, a run-down stately home she immediately recognizes as the house her father Hector grew up in.

Inside Brockburn a party is in full swing, with music and laughter to herald the coming Christmas.  But outside in the snow, a young woman lies dead and Vera knows immediately she has a new case.  Could this woman be the child’s mother, and if so, what happened to her?

Peer & Press Reviews

This fair-play mystery brims with fully developed suspects and motives that are hidden in plain sight.  Skillful misdirection masks the killer’s identity.  This page-turner is must reading for fans as well as newcomers.

Publishers Weekly

Fans will enjoy matching wits with Cleeves’ eccentric sleuth right up to the dangerous surprise in her denouement.

Kirkus Reviews

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Darkest Evening
Book Features
Edition / printing Independent bookshop exclusive first edition, first printing
Edition background

With a print run of 1,750 copies, these books have a combined signature and number page tipped-in before the title page.  Printed on this page is the title and the phrase:

Independent Bookshop Limited Edition
Signed by the author
No. xxxx of 1750

Exclusive to this edition is ‘A Sense of Belonging’, five pages of new material on the Northumbrian setting for Vera.  There’s also an 11-page extract from The Long Call, the first novel in Cleeves’ new Two Rivers series.

Available numbers Allocated on a low to high, first come, first served basis.
Series DCI Vera Stanhope – book 9
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in signature / number page
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781509889518
ISBN 10 1509889515
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 373
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 161 x 39mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph David Hirst
Jacket image Shutterstock

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