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The Herons Cry

By Ann Cleeves

Two Rivers #2

A Detective Matthew Venn Novel

Solid Writing and Smartly Structured



Nigel Yeo and Jen Rafferty met briefly at a neighborhood party, and the next morning, Nigel was found dead at his daughter’s artist’s studio. Jen, a police officer, was called in to assist in the investigation by her boss, Detective Matthew Venn. Nigel had been fatally stabbed by a broken piece of glass from a vase in his daughter Eve’s glassblowing studio.

Nigel is a health care investigator and had been investigating the suicide of a young man to determine if there was any misconduct on the part of a mental care facility. Matthew’s team is in the middle of the investigation when another murder occurs, which seems to be related to this case.


THE HERONS CRY is a delightfully intriguing murder mystery with a large cast of characters who are all interesting and well-developed. One of my favorite characters is Jen Rafferty, the female police detective and single mother trying heroically to juggle a demanding job and home life with two kids. Another of my favorites is Jonathan, Matthew’s sensitive and thoughtful husband, trying to comfort his good friend Eve, and preparing a birthday celebration for Matthew’s estranged mother.

Ann CleevesThe writing is solid and smartly structured, with numerous shifts in the story told from multiple points of view.

Thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher St Martin’s Press

Published September 7, 2021

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