Cold Earth

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Ann Cleeves (Macmil­lan, £16.99) This is Ann Cleeves’s 30th novel and it ex­cels in de­scrib­ing a sense of place. Like many of the oth­ers, it’s set in the Shet­lands and the is­lands’ bleak claus­tro­pho­bia runs through its chap­ters. A dark-haired, non­is­land wo­man in an un­suit­able red-silk dress is dis­in­terred by a peaty land­slide. She’s been mur­dered. A li­bidi­nous coun­cil­lor is the next vic­tim. The trio of po­lice—prac­ti­cal Jimmy Perez, ner­vous Sandy Wil­son and for­mer hip­pie Wil­low Reeves—has

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