What Am I Reading? Raven Black

I am currently reading my first Ann Cleeves novel. I love the PBS show Vera which is based on one of Ann Cleeves’ book series. This book, Raven Black, is the first book in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland Island series. Have you read any of her books or watched the TV series?

Here’s the first paragraph:

Chapter One

Twenty past one in the morning on New Year’s Day. Magnus knew the time because of the fat clock, his mother’s clock, which squatted on the shelf over the fire. In the corner the raven in the wicker cage muttered on the shelf over the fire. In the corner the raven in the wicker cage muttered and croaked in its sleep. Magnus waited. The room was prepared for visitors, the fire banked with peat and on the table a bottle of whisky and the ginger cake he’d bought in Safeway’s the last time he was on Lerwick. He could feel himself dozing bur he didn’t want to go to bed in case someone should call at the house. If there was a light at the window someone might comer full of laughter and drams and stories. For eight years nobody had visited to wish him happy new year, but still he waited just in case.

What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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11 Responses to What Am I Reading? Raven Black

  1. I have several of Anne Cleeves’ books on my shelf including this one but I haven’t read any of them, mainly because I watched the TV series but I really do like the tone in the opening of Raven Black that you’ve shared. I feel for Magnus and feel someone should visit him, full of laughter and stories!

  2. Beth F says:

    Nice opening. And I totally missed the PBS series. I’ll have to check it out because I like the setting.

  3. I’ve been meaning to start this series for the longest time–long before the PBS series. I even purchased this book several years ago. Then 4 years ago I visited the Shetland Islands. I really, really need to take this book out of the bookcase and put it where I’ll trip over it, lol. Hope you enjoy it!

  4. Now I am curious about the TV series…and I love the opening lines, which very nicely set the scene. A lonely and somewhat sad scene.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

  5. emma says:

    I loved this series of books, though I read them a while ago and my memory of them isn’t what it was…I might have to re-read them now!

  6. I haven’t read any books by this author or seen the TV series, but the opening makes me interested. The author does a good job of setting the scene and telling us a little bit about the character.
    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog.
    Sandy @ Writing With a Texas Twang

  7. Laura says:

    I have never heard of this book series or the TV series. I have to admit, it seems to be a sad opening but I can’t really tell from the intro whether I would like it or not. Hard to tell. Have a great week and thanks for sharing!
    Laura 🙂
    My FPFC Tuesday

  8. I haven’t read anything by Ann Cleeves nor have I seen the television series. I do like the sound of Raven Black, though. It sounds right up my alley.

  9. Lorraine says:

    I haven’t read this author before but you’ve certainly peaked my interest. Here’s the link to my intro/teaser for this week: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1w6

  10. Diane says:

    I know nothing about the books or tv series::) I hope you will like this one. Not sold on it yet, but, I’d try it.

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