In North Devon, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. The day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too.
Now he’s back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major case in the Two Rivers region; a complex place not quite as idyllic as tourists suppose.
A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew’s new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.
Finding the killer is Venn’s only focus, and his team’s investigation will take him straight back into the community he left behind, and the deadly secrets that lurk there.
Having been a huge fan of Ann Cleeves for years I was slightly wary of a new series, can be hit and miss but I’m very happy that “The Long Call” was a HUGE hit as far as I’m concerned and main protagonist Matthew Venn is a keeper for sure.
The trademark addictive quality writing is here alongside a brilliantly involving plot, a wider cast of intriguing characters and Devon, the place of my birth, given a vivid life of its own.
I devoured The Long Call in short order, loving the unpredictability of the mystery element and the diversity of the cast, it was a truly excellent read and I look forward to more from Matthew and crew in the future.