The VERA books in order:
More about The Crow Trap
More about Telling Tales
More about Hidden Depths
More about Silent Voices
More about The Glass Room
More about Harbour Street
More about The Moth Catcher
More about The Seagull
More about The Darkest Evening
More about The Rising Tide (forthcoming)
VERA: Good things are worth waiting for!
They say that good things are worth waiting for. They also say good things come in small packages, though that's not something they often say about DI Vera Stanhope! This time, though, Ann Cleeves' much-loved detective has been reaching our screens in small helpings: Series 11 of VERA made its first appearance in August 2021 with two wpisodes, reappeared to brighten our New Year with another two episodes in January 2021, and has now left us in suspense waiting for the remaining two stories in the season. If you are not up to date - or if you'd like to watch them again - Series 11 to date is available on the ITV Hub.
Vera's Darkest Evening
Of course, the perfect way to enjoy more Vera is to read the books: the latest Vera Stanhope mystery, The Darkest Evening finds Vera in the wild Northumberland winter, driving home through the countryside during a swirling blizzard. Her only thought is to get there quickly, but with the snow driving down heavily, she becomes disorientated and loses her way...
An abandoned car, a child, a stately home - and of course, a murder. Vera must revisit her own family history to solve the case. You can hear Ann talking to Jane Garvie on Woman's Hour about The Darkest Evening (and how she spent lockdown).
Read more about The Darkest Evening here. If you want to, you can even join in: Ann has written a murder mystery script based on The Darkest Evening, which has been filmed, with four actors reading the parts, turning St Aidan's church Thorneyburn into a grand house. You can watch the suspects read their statements and try and work out whodunnit. Then - when everyone's submitted their answers - play the confession. You may recognise some characters and the situation from the book - but don't worry, it's a different story, and there are no spoilers for the book (or the other way round!).
"This fair-play mystery brims with fully developed suspects and motives that are hidden in plain sight. Skillful misdirection masks the killer's identity. This page-turner is must reading for fans as well as newcomers."
Ann's next book, coming in September 2022, is another case for Vera. It is called The Rising Tide, it is set on the beautiful tidal island of Lindisfarne, and if you can't wait to find out more, the first chapters are included in the Matthew Venn novella, The Girls on the Shore.
"I do love Vera!"
"If you like the TV series, you're in for a treat - because the atmospheric but realistic books are even better."
"... one of the most appealing fictional detectives to emerge since Andy Dalziel got into his stride..."
Martin Edwards, Spinetingler Magazine
"... although she is lonely, obsessed with her job and over fond of a beer, Vera is one of the few fictional detectives who seems not only like a real person, but one capable of conducting a murder enquiry. Ann Cleeves brings the same skill to all her characterisations in this highly impressive story."
Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph
A Taste of Vera
Just can't get enough of Vera? If you've read all the novels, and watched all the TV dramas, have you read the short stories?
Ann's contribution to The Starlings and Other Stories (which she has also edited), is the title story, The Starlings, featuring DI Vera Stanhope. For this collection of twelve short stories, Ann invited each of her fellow members of Murder Squad writers' group to join her, with an accomplice, in writing a short story inspired by the dramatic photography of Pembrokeshire-based author David Wilson.
The Starlings and Other Stories was first published by Graffeg on 7th September 2015. You can see a preview (and place an order) on the publisher's website or order a copy from Amazon UK or from Amazon.com.
Ann has previously used short stories as an opportunity to explore Vera's past: The Habit of Silence, one of Ann's contributions to Best Eaten Cold, the second anthology of stories from Ann and her colleagues in the Murder Squad, reveals something more about Vera Stanhope, the woman she is now and the past that made her. Another short story, Hector's Other Woman, was first published in Guilty Consciences, the new anthology from the prestigious Crime Writers' Association, and is now reissued in Ann's short story collection, Offshore.
Read more about these and all Ann Cleeves's short stories.
VERA's case files
All ten previous series of TV's crime drama VERA are now available to fans in both the UK and the US. They have been widely broadcast; VERA was nominated for an Edgar Award, for Dark Road, the first episode of series 6 (an original screenplay by Martha Hillier). VERA was ranked sixth best TV series of all time in a recent poll. In February 2019 it won the Judges' Award at the Royal Television Society NE Awards in Gateshead.
Use the links to order your choice of DVD from Amazon, using the links below; look out for them in the shops - and there are some episodes available to watch on the ITV Hub or you can sign up there for BritBox, and watch the whole story, from the beginning.
- Order series 1 on DVD from Amazon UK (region 2 format) or from Amazon.com (Region 1).
- Order series 2 from Amazon UK (region 2 format); or from Amazon.com (Region 1).
- Order Series 3 from Amazon.UK (region 2 format) or from Amazon.com (Region 1).
- Order Series 4 from Amazon.UK (region 2 format) or from Amazon.com (Region 1).
- Order Series 5 from Amazon UK (region 2 format) or from from Amazon.com (Region 1).
- Order Series 6 from Amazon UK - or from Amazon.com (Region 1).
- Order series 7 from Amazon.UK (Region 2 only) or from Amazon.com in US format.
- Series 8 is available on DVD in the UK (region 2), and in the US and Canada (region 1). Also available in the US on BritBox or via Amazon.com.
- Series 9 is available on DVD in the UK, and on BritBox or via Amazon.com in the US.
- and series 10 is available on DVD in the UK and on DVD in the US or available to stream.
VERA is filmed at locations from across Northumberland and Tyneside: if the scenery gives you an urge to visit Northumberland, you can read what Ann has to say about the county here. The Guardian also published Ann's short guide to Vera's Northumberland.