One of the 2019 Library Journal Best Books of the Year
“Narrator Ben Aldridge gives listeners the perfect introduction to Matthew Venn…it’s a smashing start to a third series by Cleeves.” (AudioFile Magazine)
An instant New York Times best seller!
From Ann Cleeves – best-selling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows – comes the first in a gripping new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.
“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.” (Louise Penny)
A People Magazine Best Book of Fall 2019
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On 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 to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.