Ann Cleeves’ new thriller set to become a major TV series

Best-selling and award-winning New York Times author returns with the extraordinary follow-up book The long call. The cry of the heron is the second part of her Two rivers series about Detective Matthew Venn and his team of eccentric colleagues.

The long call was adapted into a crime drama television series which premiered in October 2021 and quickly became the series’ biggest premiere on BritBox.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting a new Cleeves mystery and the wait is finally over. His latest book, The cry of the heron, has all the beloved elements of a classic, dark detective story and is also set to be adapted as a TV series in the near future.


Cleeves is no newbie to mystery writing; with over 20 novels to her credit, she has mastered the art of detective writing.

The C of the heronry is not a fast paced type of book, on the edge of your seat. It’s a slow-burner with fascinating characters at its center.

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One of my favorite parts of this book is the deep dive into detective work and police procedure. My fellow thriller fans will appreciate this feature and gain insight into the details of a police investigation and the inner workings of a case as it is resolved.

Cleeves has a less-is-more writing style and most of the developments and discoveries occur over long periods of dialogue. There are tons of characters to follow and intricate storylines that will have you taking notes just to keep track of everything and everyone.

It’s a book more suited to a quiet night by the fireside rather than a quick, tense read in one sitting. For fans of fast-paced, action-packed thrillers, this one might be a little too slow for you, but for bookworms who prefer a slow pace with a story that gradually develops, this book is your go. on the Christmas wish list.

“The cry of the heron”: synopsis

North Devon enjoys a rare and hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he discovers is a painstakingly staged murder – Dr Nigel Yeo was fatally stabbed with a shard from one of his glassblower daughter’s shattered vases.

Dr. Yeo appears to be an unlikely murder victim. He is a good man, a civil servant, loved by his daughter. Matthew is annoyed, however, to find out that she is a close friend of her husband Jonathan.

Then another body is found – killed in the same way. Matthew soon finds himself cautiously browsing the lies smoldering in the heart of his community and an affair that is dangerously close to home.

The powerfull The cry of the heron proves once again that Ann Cleeves is a master of her profession


Ann grew up in North Devon, but in 1987 Ann, her husband Tim and their two daughters moved to Northumberland and the North East inspired many of her subsequent titles. Ann has worked with libraries her entire career and was even named a National Library Day Ambassador in 2016.

Ann says “Libraries matter. If we believe in equal opportunities, we must fight not only for the buildings, but for the range of books inside and the trained staff who can promote reading in all its forms.

Ann has received numerous lifetime achievement awards, such as the Crime Writers’ Association’s Diamond Dagger, Britain’s highest honor in crime writing, at the CWA’s Dagger Awards in London. In 2006, Ann Cleeves was the first recipient of the prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award from the Crime Writers’ Association for Raven black, the first volume of his Shetland series.

Ann’s books have been translated into twenty languages. It is a bestseller in Scandinavia and Germany. His novels sold widely and received critical acclaim in the United States.

The cry of the heron is published by Pan Macmillan and is available at Exclusive Books stores for R338.

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