Dead Water by Ann Cleeves is the fifth book in the Shetland Island mystery series, featuring the return of Inspector Jimmy Perez as he helps Detective Inspector Willow Reeves solve the murder of a journalist (available February 18, 2014).
I’ve been a big fan of the Ann Cleeves’s Shetland Island mysteries since Raven Black came out. Dead Water continues this fine series with an intriguing mystery, well-rounded characters and the author’s signature setting.
When the dead body of Jerry Markham, local boy who made good as an important journalist, is found in a yoal, a racing boat in the local dialect, there is no shortage of suspects. Markham has a reputation as selfish and self-centered and he’d spent his youth on the island getting into trouble.
The more worrisome problem, however, is who will investigate the murder. The woman who would normally be supervising the inquiry is the person who discovered the body and so is in a position as a witness. Besides, the Fiscal (to American readers, a strange name for a government functionary) is clearly hiding something. And Jimmy Perez, the Chief Inspector, is on leave, thrown into a deep depression by the recent mugging murder of his fiancée.