R E V I E W : The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves

During a party, physician Nigel Yeo approaches Jen Rafferty with a professional question but decides to ask her at a more appropriate time. The next morning, her boss, DI Matthew Venn, calls her to a crime scene. Yeo had been murdered, stabbed by a shard of glass from a vase made by his daughter, Eve, a glass artist, in her studio.

Dr. Yeo, the head of North Devon Patients Together, a watchdog group monitoring national health care, had been investigating a case of a severely depressed young man who had been seen and released by doctors only to die by suicide.

The overlapping relationships in North Devon are difficult to untangle, making it difficult not only to determine a motive but even to clearly identify what Yeo was doing in the days leading up to his death. And Matthew, fairly stiff and notoriously private, chafes when his husband, Jonathan, director of the Woodyard Art Centre and friend of Eve, pushes him to relax his boundaries.

Dogged investigation leads to surprising conclusions as Matthew and his team find themselves professionally and personally taxed by the case. This is my favorite kind of procedural, distinguished by:

  • A complex, well-plotted case
  • Superlative writing
  • A rich, character-driven story
  • Interesting personality conflicts among the investigative team
  • A vibrant setting

Book Two in the Two Rivers series, The Heron’s Cry by Ann Cleeves, is a worthy follow-up to the series opener, and I am excited to see what’s next for DI Venn, Jonathan, and his team!

Thank you to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for providing an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review!