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Meet Crime Writer Ann Cleeves…

Successful British crime writer, Ann Cleeves, will be appearing at Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath, on Thursday 17th March 2011, at 8pm (doors open at 7.45pm).

This is a chargeable, ticketed event, although the full cost of admission can be redeemed, when purchasing a copy of Ann’s latest book ‘Silent Voices’, on the night. Ticket cost is £6 on the night, or £5 if you book in person at the shop before the night.

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Anne has brought us some great new characters of the crime solving world and ‘Silent Voices’ is the latest case for DI Vera Stanhope, who we were first introduced to in 1999.

So successful is this character, that Brenda Blethyn has been cast to portray her, in the forthcoming television adaptation, which has already been extended from one to four installments, before it has even reached our screens.

‘Silent Voices’ by Ann Cleeves … Synopsis:

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When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat – death is never that simple.

Doing what she does best, Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing staff and those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive. While Joe struggles to reconcile his home life with the demands made on him by the job, Vera revels being back in charge of an investigation again. Death has never made her feel so alive.

And when they discover that the victim had worked in social services, and had been involved in a shocking case involving a young child, then it appears obvious that the two are somehow connected. Though things are never as they seem…

About The Author:


Ann Cleeves, grew up in the country and, after several moves, she and her husband have now settled, where they wanted to be,  in the North East of England.

She dropped out of university and held several temporary jobs, before deciding to re-train as a probation officer, but it was during one of her temporary positions as cook at The Bird Observatory, in Fair Isle, that she met her husband.

Shortly after their marriage Ann’s husband was appointed warden of a tiny Nature Reserve, on the remote tidal island of Hilbre, in the Dee estuary and it was whilst living here that Ann started her writing career.

Today, she and Margaret Murphy, are the driving forces behind ‘Murder Squad’, a group of Northern authors, brought together to promote crime fiction to a much wider audience.

Anne is also actively involved in running workshops for readers and writers, talking in schools, universities and libraries, together with appearances at numerous literary festivals, indeed, anywhere, both at home and abroad, to spread the word about her passion, the genre of crime fiction.

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