By the author of the Shetland series, the series behind the famous Vera TV Show.

Who is Vera Stanhope?

Probably more famous for the British television series Vera on ITV, which stars Brenda Blethyn, Vera Stanhope is the main protagonist of the crime series written by Ann Cleeves.

Vera Stanhope is a Detective Chief Inspector working for Northumberland & City Police. She is known for being obsessive about her work, using her calculating mind to identify killers. Driven by her own demons, she’s also known for her irascible personality. She is not one to make friends easily, but she cares deeply about her comrades.

Vera Stanhope Books in Order:

 

  1. The Crow Trap – Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. For team leader Rachael Lambert the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence. Botanist Anne Preece sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide… When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. When another death occurs, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope enters the picture….
  2. Telling Tales – It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie’s innocence. Abigail’s killer is still at large. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount.
  3. Hidden Depths – On a hot summer on the Northumberland coast, Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. The stylized murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But now, Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death.

 

  1. Silent Voices – When Vera finds the body of a woman in the sauna of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she’s uncovered a simple death of natural causes. But when a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim’s throat, Vera’s team start their investigation. Vera and her colleagues soon uncover details in the victim’s past that may explain her untimely death. But Vera knows from experience that there’s no such thing as a simple case…
  2. The Glass Room – DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbors keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation, and somehow bonds have formed. When one of them goes missing, Vera tracks the young woman down to the Writer’s House, a country retreat where aspiring authors work on their stories. Things get complicated when a body is discovered, and Vera’s neighbor is found with a knife in her hand.
  3. Harbour Street – As the snow falls, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped, Jessie notices that one lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. Then, just days later, a second woman is murdered. DI Vera Stanhope knows that to find the key to this new killing she needs to understand what had been troubling Margaret so deeply before she died.

 

  1. The Moth Catcher – Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they’re away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane―a lonely place to die. When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. What the two victims seem to have in common is a fascination with studying moths.
  2. The Seagull – A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy. John Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper – and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now, Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-nineties, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two.