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Map of the Shetland Islands

Visit Shetland have prepared a guide to help ypu explore the Shetland islands in the footsteps of Jimmy Perez; they have very kindly allowed us to reproduce their map, showing some of the central locations of Ann Cleeves' books. Move your cursor over the map for more information.

Ravenswick, the invented scene of much of the action of Raven Black, lies on the coast south from Lerwick (in real life, the area known as Sandwick). Although the Herring House Gallery in White Nights owes much to the real life Bonhoga Gallery, Biddista is a long way north west - in the approximate location of Hillswick. Red Bones takes Jimmy Perez's assistant Sandy Wilson home to the island of Whalsay. And the original Quartet ends with Jimmy's return to his native Fair Isle in Blue Lightning.

Dead Water marks a new departure for Jimmy Perez: when a body is discovered at Aith Marina, the new power of water conflicts with the established power of oil.

Thin Air takes him to Shetland's most northerly inhabited island, Unst - then Cold Earth returns to Ravenswick.

You can download Visit Shetland's guide as a pdf, and read Ann's commentary on the locations of her books.

Ravenswick, the invented setting of 'Raven Black' and 'Cold Earth' Biddista, the invented setting of 'White Nights' Whalsay, scene of the deaths in 'Red Bones' Fair Isle, the setting of 'Blue Lightning' Aith Marina features in 'Dead Water' Baltasound on Unst, the setting of 'Thin Air'