The Long Call

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 Sep 2019

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Well written as expected from this author with an interesting start and follow on to the plot. This is obviously an introduction to new characters who will develop further over time. I did not warm to Matthew and found him unconvincing as a gay man. however his husband Jonathan was more believable and I found DS Jen Rafferty most interesting. Let's have more from her.
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An enjoyable first book of a new series by the author but whether I will read the second, I'm not sure. It didn't really grip me as much as the author's Shetland and Vera Stanhope series..
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I understand that this is a new series for Ann Cleeves and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I thought the police officers were very clever believable characters.Detective Matthew Venn was a very serious, studious thoughtful man who was married to Jonathan who runs the Woodyard. Throughout the murder investigation Woodyard plays a part in the storyline.  Matthew’s future and his past all play a part in the storyline.
It was a very clever storyline and I enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading any more in books involving the same main characters.
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC.
Highly recommended.
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The Long Call is the first in a new series, Two Rivers, from Ann Cleeves, author of Vera and Shetland. What a great read! We are transported to North Devon where we are totally engrossed in solving the mystery.  The main character is Detective Matthew Venn, who lives with his husband Jonathan who runs the community centre that happens to be at the hub of the story. There is a sympathetic and realistic description of some central characters with learning disabilities that does not fall into the portrayal of stereotypes that we would expect. 
This would make a fantastic new series for TV.  We were kept in suspense until the very end of the book when the pace hots up and we finally find out who had committed the crime. An excellent read and I cannot wait for the next.
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A new series from one of my favourite authors, Ann Cleeves. Set in North Devon we are introduced to DI Matthew Venn when a body is discovered on the beach.
I have read all of Ann Cleeves books and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read this one.
I have to be honest and say this one didn't grab me, I didn't warm to the main character Matthew Venn, he felt very two dimensional. I was far more intrigued by DS Jen Rafferty and for me she is the character that held the book together. As always the writing was first class as was the description of place and the pacing was excellent. 
I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next one and am hoping that a few books down the line I will be enjoying it as much as her Vera and Shetland series which were always going to be hard acts to follow.
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A brand new series from Ann Cleeves featuring Detective Inspector Matthew Venn and set in North Devon.  As with all Ann Cleeves stories you are guaranteed an interesting plot and lots of twists.
The main character in this new series I found to be lacking personality and too intense.  He wasn't a character I could warm to.  His sergeant was a more interesting character than he was.  
The story was a quick, light read but lacked punch.
Overall I found this rather bland, inferior to both the Vera and the Shetland series.
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While a new Ann Cleeves is always cause for celebration, I approached The Long Call with some hesitations. As a long-time fan of her brilliant Shetland-set Jimmy Perez series, which ended last year, I wondered if anything could measure up to the brilliance of those books. And honestly, on the evidence of this book, it doesn't yet, but I think that's more to do with me as a reader needing time to get to know the new characters and settings. Moving from the northerly settings of her previous books, this book follows detective Matthew Venn in North Devon (meaning bleak and windswept coastal vistas are still central despite the move south). The pacing is excellent and, as with all Cleeves books, the minor characters are an absolute treat: one of her strengths is giving you such well-rounded background characters that you feel personally betrayed when one of them is revealed as a murderer. That being said, I didn't warm to the main police characters as quickly as I expected and Matthew, especially, left me feeling a bit cold. However, while this new series has yet to live up to the Perez series (or the much-loved Vera Stanhope books), I have a feeling I'll be just as dedicated to Venn and his team a few books down the line.
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The first in what promises to be an excellent new series from Ann Cleeves.  As soon as I started reading it was clear that this was from an experienced author, the characters were immediately engaging, drawn in a few perfectly chosen sentences.  DI Matthew Venn, who lives with his husband Jonathan in Devon (the place, as always with Ann Cleeves, is as perfectly drawn and important as the plot and characters); DS Jenn Rafferty, a single parent of teenagers, drawn to Devon to escape an abusive relationship and the less likeable DC Ross May.  I already want to know more about these people and their lives.
The novel opens with a body on the beach, and there are links with the day centre for adults with learning difficulties which is run by Jonathan.  To be perfectly honest I wasn't wholly convinced by the denouement, but am still giving this 5 stars as it's a great read and I will follow the series eagerly.
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I couldn't resist requesting an ARC of an Ann Cleves book, considering how much I love both Vera and Shetland series. I'm excited that this will be another series and I'm already invested in the background and the characters in this series.
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Its is so lovely to be beginning a journey into a world built by Ms Cleeves again! I have been enjoying the authors work for many years and was not disappointed in this book at all. The same concise understated writing, the same intricate plotting and well built characters. I am genuinely interested to understand more about Matthew - and I look forward to this character being developed over the rest of this series. The setting - in Devon - feels very different to either Northumberland or the far north of Scotland, but the book carries the same sense of place as the Hebrides and Vera Stanhope books. Forgotten communities , the sea and of course birding.
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This was my first Ann Cleeves book.  I was slightly disappointed in the read.  The beginning and end of the book held my attention, but I found the middle rather slow and had I not been given an ARC I may well have given up. I do prefer a grittier read, Sorry
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