The Moth Catcher

The Moth Catcher

eBook - 2016
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When a housesitter is found dead at a Valley Farm country home, DI Vera Stanhope, accompanied by detectives Holly and Joe, discover a second body in the house's attic before realizing that the community keeps bizarre secrets. Part of a series that inspired the hit public TV series Vera. By the award-winning author of Raven Black. TV tie-in.

Macmillan School

From Ann Cleeves—New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes The Moth Catcher.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny

Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they’re away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane—a lonely place to die.

When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. What the two victims seem to have in common is a fascination with studying moths—and with catching these beautiful, intriguing creatures.

The others who live in Valley Farm have secrets too: Lorraine’s calm demeanor belies a more complex personality; Annie and Sam’s daughter, Lizzie, is due to be released from prison; and Nigel watches, silently, every day, from his window. As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be many deadly secrets trapped there . . .

Ann Cleeves makes a much-anticipated return with another investigation for her brilliant detective DCI Vera Stanhope, brought to life in the hit TV series Vera by Brenda Blethyn.

Publisher: Minotaur Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781250105431
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Mar 22, 2020

I always enjoy Ann Cleeves' series - Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez - in books and on DVD's. This was not my favorite of the mysteries, but it was still a "good read". Highly recommend both series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Dec 08, 2019

Another good Ann Cleeves detective novel. It kept you guessing to the end.

Nov 13, 2019

This is the ninth of the Vera series, and Cleeves is really coming into her own. She has finally nailed down (in her own mind and for her readers) who Vera really is. Her writing is tighter and more focused on the characters and their place in the story that the first couple of books, too. The pace is slower than some of the police procedurals and "shoot'em up" stories, but that is part of Vera's plodding nature. Her younger officers are frustrated with her gossip and nitpicking, but as always, it is the gossip and nitpicking that solve the case--with a sweet twist to this book! For me, this has been the best of the series.

Sep 30, 2019

The book, The Moth Catcher, lacked the spirit of the Vera tv series -- the book dragged and was too tedious to read more than a few pages. I love the tv series.

Jul 04, 2019

The Vera Stanhope series is more of a leisurely stroll, complete with stops at pubs and little fish n chips shops, than it is a heartpounding thrill ride. I found this one a bit on the slow side, however I have grown to love the characters so much I don't mind spending the extra time with them.

Dec 16, 2015

The TV series, Vera, on PBS, is based on these novels by Ann Cleeves. As I read the dialogue I could hear the actress who plays Vera speak the words. I could also envision this actress throughout the novel trying to solve the murder mystery with her detectives, Joe and Holly. So the TV series stays true to the books even in the casting of the Vera. I was surprised the producers could find an actress that meets the author's description. I enjoyed reading rather than viewing this story. There were many red herrings so that at the end of the story, when all is revealed, the motive for the murder and the murderer is a surprise.

Oct 08, 2015

As expected from Ann Cleeves and her Vera Stanhope.Quirky and very well sustained.Fingers crossed for more of the TV series...


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