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Read - Finished Reading: Raven Black (Shetland Island #1) by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur Books)
Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Brief review

Entertaining enough. I may have ruined it by watching the series first (though I missed this episode somehow.)

There’s a pace here almost as slow as that of the television show and perhaps one that may mirror the pace of life on a small island separated away from the general business of the world.

A generally well crafted mystery here, though there were bits that were guessable. Seemed an odd plot feature to have one person discovering all the bodies though I’m not sure if it added to the mystery of the story in any way, at least for me.

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Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

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