I have never read a book by Ann Cleeves, but that will change in the year 2021. Even so, I feel that I know her through Shetland, the TV adaptation of her books Red Bones, Raven Black, Dead Water, and Blue Lightning.
“Red Bones,” the first episode of the series Shetland, which stars Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Pérez was dramatized in 2013 by David Kane for BBC Television.
Many of the scenes were in the car traveling across Shetland. Viewers were entertained by the story, with the dramatic addition of the Shetland landscape that kept us on the cliffs or overlooking the mercurial ocean.
We traveled to Shetland, like many others, because of a TV Series that offered history, adventure, mystery and the intrepid Jimmy Pérez
We found Jimmy’s home, after taking a circuitous ocean pathway where the sound of birds drifted on the crisp wind from the ocean. It felt like we had been there before. Of course, we had – with Jimmy, Tosh and Sandy.
“According to Visit Shetland, tourism has increased by 43 per cent since 2006 when the first book was published, and I’m certain that much of that is down to the magnificent cinematography. As the oil industry in the islands has become less important, cultural tourism – music, textiles, archaeology – has filled the gap, and the films bring people to see the house where Jimmy Perez lives and to explore the locations, the places where victims have been found.” Radio Times
Ann Cleeves is an English crime-writer, who studied English at the University of Sussex. Her destiny was not to complete her formal education. Instead she dropped out and chose an education that would take her as a cook to the Fair Isle bird observatory. She was also an auxiliary coastguard and probation officer as well as a library outreach worker and child care officer. These experiences prepared her to create crime stories that were authentic and full of human emotion and heroism.
Please join me as we search for Jimmy Pérez.
“That was the way things worked in Shetland. It wasn’t necessarily significant.People were related in complicated and intimate ways. Coincidence couldn’t be allowed to appear sinister.” Ann Cleeves, Raven Black
“A writer loses possession of her work as soon as it’s reaches its audience. Each reader brings his own experience and prejudice and imagination to the work. Television adaptation just goes one step further, and the novelist has to learn to let go.” Ann Cleeves