Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A friend of mine has been reading, and enjoying, the Ann Cleeves books for a while and finally passed one along to me. The mystery here, as in the Peter May Lewis trilogy, takes almost a backseat to the setting (here, the Shetland Islands) and the way people there live. The "traditions" (some dating as far back as the Victorian era), the boarding out for high school, the social stratification and isolation all take on important roles given the nature of the mystery, that of a girl found murdered near the home of a gormless man - plus, she lived in the home of a girl previously gone missing ten years before.
Can't wait to read the rest of this series!