Ann Cleeves

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Ann Cleeves
Born1954 (age 66–67)
Herefordshire, England
Notable awardsDuncan Lawrie Dagger 2006

Ann Cleeves (born 1954) is an English crime-writer. In 2006 she won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for her novel Raven Black.[1] Cleeves was born in Herefordshire and brought up in north Devon where she attended Barnstaple Grammar School;[2] she studied English at the University of Sussex but dropped out and then took up various jobs including cook at the Fair Isle bird observatory, auxiliary coastguard, probation officer, library outreach worker and child care officer.[3] She lives in Whitley Bay,[1] and is widowed with two daughters.[4]

The Vera Stanhope novels have been dramatised as the TV detective series Vera; the Jimmy Perez novels as the TV series Shetland; and the Matthew Venn novel The Long Call (from Cleeves' Two Rivers book series) as the TV series The Long Call (premiering autumn 2021).

In 2014 Cleeves was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Sunderland.[5] In 2015, Cleeves was the Programming Chair for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival & the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library UK Crime Writers' Association award for an author's body of work in British libraries (UK)[6] In February 2019 Ann Cleeves appeared on Desert Island Discs.[7]



  • A Bird in the Hand (1986), ISBN 978-0-712-69476-6
  • Come Death and High Water (1987), ISBN 978-0-712-61670-6
  • Murder in Paradise (1988), ISBN 978-0-712-61965-3
  • A Prey to Murder (1989), ISBN 978-0-712-62557-9
  • Another Man's Poison (1992), ISBN 978-0-333-58258-9
  • Sea fever (1993), ISBN 978-0-333-60494-6
  • The Mill on the Shore (1994), ISBN 978-0-333-61345-0
  • High Island Blues (1996), ISBN 978-0-333-66011-9

Inspector Ramsay[edit]

Vera Stanhope[edit]

These novels, except for The Glass Room, have been dramatized in the television series Vera on ITV, which stars Brenda Blethyn in the title role. The programme premiered in May 2011.

Shetland Island[edit]

In 2013, Red Bones was dramatised by David Kane for BBC television as the first episode of the series Shetland, which stars Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez. Episodes broadcast in 2014 were based on Raven Black, Dead Water, and Blue Lightning.[8]

The Four Seasons Quartet
The Four Elements Quartet

A Shetland Island series travel tie-in preceding the below released Too Good To Be True.

A Shetland Island series novella following the above non-fiction Shetland and preceding Cold Earth.

Two Rivers[edit]

First book is the adaptive basis for The Long Call ITV series starring Ben Aldridge as DI Matthew Venn.

Standalone novels[edit]


  • Vera – (ITV)
  • Shetland – (BBC)
  • The Long Call – (ITV) – (adapted from the first novel in the Two Rivers series by Ann Cleeves)


  1. ^ a b Lobb, Adrian (19 March 2013). "Ann Cleeves interview for Shetland". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Anns Diary:On growing up and going back". 13 July 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Island secrets inspire Shetland author Ann Cleeves". Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Ann Cleeves".
  5. ^ Joanne Butcher (8 July 2014). "Vera writer Ann Cleeves gains honour from University of Sunderland - The Journal". journallive. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Dagger in the Library". Dead Good Books. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  7. ^ Desert Island Discs, 17 February 2019
  8. ^ "'Shetland' gets full six-part series on BBC One". Digital Spy. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2016.

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