The Darkest Evening (Vera Stanhope, Book 9)
From Ann Cleeves—New YorkTimes bestselling and award-winning author of theVera and Shetland series, both of which are hitTV shows—comes the stunning new Vera Stanhopenovel, The Darkest Evening."Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mysterywriters."—Louise Penny"As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series ofbooks, I had high expectations for Cleeves' latest. . . . Astunning debut for Cleeves' latest crimefighter."—David Baldacci onThe Long CallOn the first snowy night of winter, Detective Inspector VeraStanhope sets off for her home in the hills. Though the road isfamiliar, she misses a turning and soon becomes lost anddisorientated. A car has skidded off the narrow road in front ofher, its door left open, and she stops to help. There is no driverto be seen, so Vera assumes that the owner has gone to find help.But a cry calls her back: a toddler is strapped in the backseat.Vera takes the child and, driving on, she arrives at a place sheknows well. Brockburn is a large, grand house in the wilds ofNorthumberland, now a little shabby and run down. It's also whereher father, Hector, grew up. Inside, there's a party in full swing:music, Christmas lights and laughter. Outside, unbeknownst to therevelers, a woman lies dead in the snow.As the blizzard traps the group deep in the freezingNorthumberland countryside, Brockburn begins to give up itssecrets, and as Vera digs deeper into her investigation, she alsobegins to uncover her family's complicated past.