by: Ann Cleeves
This book takes the reader one of the remote Shetland Islands where a murder has taken place. It is a cozy mystery, where you are introduced to the island residents as local detective Inspector Jimmy Perez delves into their lives seeking possible motives or explanations. As a reader, you know that the obvious suspect, a mentally challenged old man, couldn’t have done it although some of the mainland officers sent in to work on the case find him an early and easy target. The eventual explanation is far more complicated and the book earns its award as the first Duncan Laurie Dagger Award winner.