Ann Cleeves

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For the wife of Henry VIII, see Anne of Cleves.
Ann Cleeves
Born 1954
Nationality  United Kingdom
Genre Crime
Notable awards Duncan Lawrie Dagger 2006

Ann Cleeves (born 1954) is a British crime-writer. In 2006 she won the inaugural Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the richest crime-writing prize in the world, for her novel Raven Black.[1] Cleeves studied English at Sussex University but dropped out. She then took up various jobs including cook, auxiliary coastguard, probation officer, library outreach worker and child care officer.[2] She lives in Whitley Bay.[3]

The Vera Stanhope novels have been dramatized as the TV detective series Vera, and the Jimmy Perez novels as the series Shetland.

In 2014 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Sunderland.[4]

In 2015, Ann is the Programming Chair for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival & the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.


George & Molly novels[edit]

  • A Bird in the Hand (1986)
  • Come Death and High Water (1987)
  • Murder in Paradise (1988)
  • A Prey to Murder (1989)
  • Another Man's Poison (1992)
  • Sea Fever (1993)
  • The Mill on the Shore (1994)
  • High Island Blues (1996)

Inspector Ramsay[edit]

  • A Lesson in Dying (1990)
  • Murder in My Backyard (1991)
  • A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy (1992)
  • Killjoy (1993)
  • The Healers (1995)
  • The Baby Snatcher (1997)

Vera Stanhope[edit]

These novels, except the latest as of yet, have been dramatized for television as Vera, made for, and shown on ITV, starring Brenda Blethyn in the title role. It was first shown in May 2011.

  • The Crow Trap (1999)
  • Telling Tales (2005)
  • Hidden Depths (2007)
  • Silent Voices (2011)
  • The Glass Room (2012)
  • Harbour Street (2014)
  • The Moth Catcher (2015)

Shetland Island series[edit]

The novel Red Bones was dramatised by David Kane for BBC television starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, and broadcast in 2013 as Shetland. Episodes broadcast in 2014 were based on Raven Black, Dead Water and Blue Lightning.[5]

  • Raven Black (2006); Gold Dagger Award
  • White Nights (2008)
  • Red Bones (2009)
  • Blue Lightning (2010)
  • Dead Water (2013)
  • Thin Air (2014)

Other novels[edit]

  • The Sleeping and the Dead (2001)
  • Burial of Ghosts (2003)


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