The Darkest Evening - Ann Cleeves

The Darkest Evening

Author: Ann Cleeves

  • Publication Date: 2020-09-08
  • Category: Women Sleuths
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 122 Ratings)



From Ann Cleeves
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV showscomes the stunning new Vera Stanhope novel, The Darkest Evening.

"Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."—Louise Penny

"As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves’ latest. . . . A stunning debut for Cleeves’ latest crimefighter."—David Baldacci on The Long Call

On the first snowy night of winter, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. Though the road is familiar, she misses a turning and soon becomes lost and disorientated. A car has skidded off the narrow road in front of her, its door left open, and she stops to help. There is no driver to 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 back seat.

Vera takes the child and, driving on, she arrives at a place she knows well. Brockburn is a large, grand house in the wilds of Northumberland, now a little shabby and run down. It’s also where her father, Hector, grew up. Inside, there’s a party in full swing: music, Christmas lights and laughter. Outside, unbeknownst to the revelers, a woman lies dead in the snow.

As the blizzard traps the group deep in the freezing Northumberland countryside, Brockburn begins to give up its secrets, and as Vera digs deeper into her investigation, she also begins to uncover her family’s complicated past.


  • The Darkest Evening

    By ❤️Gold
    Every book I read from the Vera Stanhope series becomes my favorite and this book was no different! Ann Cleeves never lets you down!
  • The Darkest Evening

    By Artymusician
    Outstanding book! I greatly enjoyed reading this. Vera is a favorite character. The story was captivating and I had to keep reading until the killer was identified. I really enjoy watching the Vera series, and look forward to season 11 ahead!! Thank you to the author for such an awesome book!!
  • Down to earth inspector and a good mystery

    By ledoss
    My first encounter with the canny Vera Stanhope and I hope to have time to visit with her in previous episodes. This down to earth, plain, smart, middle aged inspector is a great character and I enjoyed this story immensely. You meet Vera and her team, with insights into their working relationships. If you enjoy a good murder mystery grab this one.