FICTION

Harbour Street: A Vera Stanhope Mystery

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Dec. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781250070661. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466881051. MYS
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OrangeReviewStarThe sixth in Cleeves's series (The Glass Room), which is the basis for the hit public television series Vera starring Brenda Blethyn, finds DI Vera Stanhope and Det. Joe Ashworth chasing a murderer shortly before Christmas. Joe's daughter, Jessie, discovers the fatally stabbed Margaret Krukowski on the Metro. By all appearances Margaret was a kind and elegant lady, so who would want to kill her? It's not long before Margaret's friend is also found murdered. As a fresh blanket of snow covers the town, Joe and Vera try to unearth the many dark secrets of Harbour Street's residents.
VERDICT Cleeves offers up evocative settings and flawed characters with depth, making her mysteries wonderfully addictive. Her latest is no exception. [See Prepub Alert, 6/8/15.]

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