I finished reading Raven Black by Ann Cleeves. I heard the author interviewed on an NPR book podcast last year and ordered the book. NPR used to put together a Books podcast that was a compilation of all of their individual book and author interviews. At some point in the last year, they stop pulling these together. This book made me realize how much I miss finding books that I might not have heard about otherwise. I need to start looking for some book podcasts!
Raven Black is a murder mystery/detective novel set in the Shetland Islands. It won the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for the best crime novel of the year. The award is given annually by the United Kingdom Crime Writers' Association. The novel is the first in a series known as the Shetland Island series.
I enjoyed the book; it was a nice light change of pace. It is was interesting to read a little about the culture of the Shetland Islands. I give the book a solid "B" grade.