Elizabeth: Is it over yet?

No, this post isn’t about the pandemic.

I recently read The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves.  For those not familiar with the title, it is the first book in the “critically-acclaimed series of crime novels set in Northumberland” featuring Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope and the basis for the British crime drama series Vera.  I watched a few episodes of Vera not that long ago when they popped up on my local public television station and enjoyed them, so when The Crow Trap showed up as an e-book daily deal the other day, I thought I’d give it a try.

According to UKs Dead Good Books,

“Vera Stanhope, an overweight, middle-aged woman who looks more like a bag lady than a detective, was born out of Ann Cleeves’ frustration with central female characters who were young, fit and beautiful. At times bad-tempered and shambolic, Vera is also witty and authoritative – a truly three-dimensional character who is believable and relatable.”

I’m not sure about the believable and relatable part, but I’ll leave that for another time.

My main thought as I progressed partway through the story was, “how long is this book?” Continue reading