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By Ann Cleeves | Comments: ( 874 ) | Date: ( Feb 25, 2020 )

DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well supplied in homebrew and conversation so she has tolerance for them than most When one of them goes missing she feels duty bound to find out what happened But her path leads her to than just a missing friend.Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger.


  • Title: The Glass Room
  • Author: Ann Cleeves
  • ISBN: 9780230745827
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Ann Cleeves

Ann is the author of the books behind ITV s VERA, now in it s third series, and the BBC s SHETLAND, which will be aired in December 2012 Ann s DI Vera Stanhope series of books is set in Northumberland and features the well loved detective along with her partner Joe Ashworth Ann s Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez, investigating in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland IslandsAnn grew up in the country, first in Herefordshire, then in North Devon Her father was a village school teacher After dropping out of university she took a number of temporary jobs child care officer, women s refuge leader, bird observatory cook, auxiliary coastguard before going back to college and training to be a probation officer.While she was cooking in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle, she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist She was attracted less by the ornithology than the bottle of malt whisky she saw in his rucksack when she showed him his room Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary They were the only residents, there was no mains electricity or water and access to the mainland was at low tide across the shore If a person s not heavily into birds and Ann isn t there s not much to do on Hilbre and that was when she started writing Her first series of crime novels features the elderly naturalist, George Palmer Jones A couple of these books are seriously dreadful.In 1987 Tim, Ann and their two daughters moved to Northumberland and the north east provides the inspiration for many of her subsequent titles The girls have both taken up with Geordie lads In the autumn of 2006, Ann and Tim finally achieved their ambition of moving back to the North East.For the National Year of Reading, Ann was made reader in residence for three library authorities It came as a revelation that it was possible to get paid for talking to readers about books She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival s first reader in residence and still enjoys working with libraries.Ann Cleeves on stage at the Duncan Lawrie Dagger awards ceremonyAnn s short film for Border TV, Catching Birds, won a Royal Television Society Award She has twice been short listed for a CWA Dagger Award once for her short story The Plater, and the following year for the Dagger in the Library award.In 2006 Ann Cleeves was the first winner of the prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award of the Crime Writers Association for Raven Black, the first volume of her Shetland Quartet The Duncan Lawrie Dagger replaces the CWA s Gold Dagger award, and the winner receives 20,000, making it the world s largest award for crime fiction.Ann s success was announced at the 2006 Dagger Awards ceremony at the Waldorf Hilton, in London s Aldwych, on Thursday 29 June 2006 She said I have never won anything before in my life, so it was a complete shock but lovely of course The evening was relatively relaxing because I d lost my voice and knew that even if the unexpected happened there was physically no way I could utter a word So I wouldn t have to give a speech My editor was deputed to do it The judging panel consisted of Geoff Bradley non voting Chair , Lyn Brown MP a committee member on the London Libraries service , Frances Gray an academic who writes about and teaches courses on modern crime fiction , Heather O Donoghue academic, linguist, crime fiction reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement, and keen reader of all crime fiction and Barry Forshaw reviewer and editor of Crime Time magazine.Ann s books have been translated into sixteen languages She s a bestseller in Scandinavia and Germany Her novels sell widely and to critical acclaim in the United States Raven Black was shortlisted for the Martin Beck award for best translated crime novel in Sweden in 200



Comments The Glass Room

  • Sharon Bolton

    “All writers are parasites” Stepping into The Glass Room is a little like being transported back to the golden age of mystery stories: a windswept landscape, isolated country house, disparate people thrown together, crime scenes mimicking their fictional counterparts and a plot liberally strewn with blind alleys, red herrings and mis-directions. This book has all the elements of Agatha Christie at her best.DI Vera Stanhope, at the request of a frantic neighbour who’s mislaid his wife, head [...]


  • Mark

    Having seen a few of the Vera episodes on the telly I was bound to find the books sooner rather than later. I have been a great friend of the English crime series, while they lack the American sense of drama and spectacle (Columbo excluded) they seem to have certain air of the detectives of yore in the style of Agatha Christie, Ngiao Marsh and such. Vera Stanhope gets a request from her hippy neighbor to look for his significant other, and she is quickly found albeit with a knife in her hands ne [...]


  • R.J. Lynch

    As you expect, it's well plotted and convincing. When I read a book, one of the things I look for is: Do the characters stay with me afterwards? And Ann Cleeves does female characters well--Nina Backworth is so alive, so warm and so convincing that I could almost travel to the Northeast just to see her in her white silk pyjamas and give her a seeing to. She's not so good on the men--her male characters from Sergeant Joe Ashworth on are little more than cyphers and you feel that the men don't rea [...]


  • Andrew

    3.5 Stars. I feel this is my least favourite of all the many Ann Cleeves books I have read and usually I love her books. However this one felt a bit flat for me and more like an attempt to write an Agatha Christie and it has a feeling of a TVs script. I feel since it became a tv series the characters have changed and the very feel of the books. Vera definitely needs to sort out her team and get rid of Holly as I don't feel she adds to the books and her running confrontation with Joe grates with [...]


  • Tanja Berg

    Rating 4* out of 5. Vera Stanhope is looking for the disappeared wife of a friend - Joanna- at a writer's retreat and arrives just when a body is encountered. Unfortunately Joanna was seen walking away from the scene with a knife in her hand.Vera is amazing. Fat, ugly, unapologetic and sharp. The murderer will have no chance of course, but Vera pushes boundaries here that will make her unpopular with her team. I like this series a lot better than the one about Shetland by the same author.


  • Nancy Ellis

    Vera is looking forward to a relaxing night at home with some peace and quiet. Naturally, that's not in the cards. She finds her neighbor waiting for her who says his wife has disappeared. Vera doesn't have too much trouble locating the woman, but unfortunately she has just been found leaving the scene of a murder with a knife in her hands. Vera loves nothing more than a challenging murder investigation, and she is in her element, working her team and herself as hard as possible trying to unders [...]


  • Elaine Tomasso

    The Glass Room harps back to an earlier age of crime writing where you have a limited number of suspects, in this case a group of wannabe writers and their tutors on a residential course, and the mystery lies in unraveling the motivation for the crime. Needless to say all the suspects have some kind of motivation.I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it is easy to read, in style if not substance. Ms Cleeves has plenty to say about people's perceptions of others, not just of Vera whose weight, age an [...]


  • Mick Kelly

    Possibly not quite up to Ann Cleeves' usual very high standard, but good enough for me to finish in two days. The story revolves around a writer's workshop in an isolated part of Vera Stanhope's patch. A tutor is killed and each of the budding or published authors are under suspicion. No spoilers but it really is one of them. A chance (I think) for Ann Cleeves to have a bit of fun at the pretensions of literary authors and that is probably what pulls the quality down a tiny bit. Excellent charac [...]


  • Carol

    The Glass Room by Ann CleevesVera Stanhope series Book #54★'sFrom The Book:DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbors keep her well-supplied in home-brew and conversation so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of them goes missing she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. But her path leads her to more than just a missing friend.My Thoughts:I first met Vera Stanhope in the television series, 'Vera', played by Brenda Blethyn. I love this se [...]


  • Olivermagnus

    DI Vera Stanhope isn't a friendly sort so she's surprised one night when her “hippyish” next door neighbor, Jack, drops by to tell her his partner, Joanna, has disappeared. Vera feels like she needs to go looking for her, and eventually tracks her down to the Writer’s House, a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. Her task soon becomes vastly more complex when Joanna is found holding a knife over a dead body. The victim was unpopular, but there doesn't [...]


  • Eadie

    This is the 5th book in the Vera Stanhope series. This book was a little off and not as good as the others. I like the fact that Vera delegated in this book, but, I think Ann did that because this book was written for television and the characters had to look like they were all part of solving the mystery. This book was not as suspenseful as some of her others. It almost seemed like Agatha Christie wrote it. One interview after another with a gathering of all the characters at the end for the gr [...]


  • LindaBranham Greenwell

    Great story - loved itThe story involves a series of murders that occur at the Writer' House. The Writers House holds seminars for want to be writers. Vera's hippy neighbor, Joanna, has disappeared and Vera traces her to the Writer's only to stumble upon a recently murdered body of a well-known publisher. Joanna was discovered with a knife in her hand.But as in all of Cleeves' novels, appearances are not always what they seem. The plot develops fascinating twists and turns as Ann tries to solve [...]


  • Isabelle Grey

    I love Vera's vulnerable complexity, and suspect the character shares the same muscular intelligence and shrewd observation as Ann Cleeves herself. This novel is set on a writers' retreat - difficult territory to pull off without it coming across as a bit precious - but she successfully conveys what such courses (and the act of creative writing itself) mean to people, and made her world fresh and fascinating. I didn't guess the ending, either!


  • Kitty Myers

    I've read the entire Vera Stanhope series and loved each one.


  • Jane

    A good solid police procedural with some very clever elements. My first 'Vera' but I don't think it will be my last. Very enjoyable.


  • John Johnston

    The review by S.J. Bolton sums it up best for me - "Stepping into The Glass Room is a little like being transported back to the golden age of mystery stories: a windswept landscape, isolated country house, disparate people thrown together, crime scenes mimicking their fictional counterparts and a plot liberally strewn with blind alleys, red herrings and mis-directions. This book has all the elements of Agatha Christie at her best."Ann Cleeves gives us another solid crime novel, the fifth of a se [...]


  • Pamela Fernandes

    This was a mysterious read. It was weird reading about writers, killing each other. But Ann Cleeves does a wonderful job of bringing Northumbria to the fore. I liked reading about Vera's thoughts about a man and love lost. She doesn't dwell on it, but it humanizes her. The book starts with Vera's neighbor missing and when she's traced to a picturesque writing lodge, a murder takes place. The mystery isn't as intriguing as her previous books, but it keeps you entertained on a train ride. What I d [...]


  • Jill Robertson

    'The Glass Room' by Ann Cleeves gets five stars from me because I am a huge fan of the 1930s Golden Age of crime stories and this seemed to slot perfectly into this genre. I have never read any of the Vera Stanhope books nor seen the TV series so came to this with no preconceived ideas. Written in a straightforward, no-nonsense style yet with sufficient atmosphere to engage the reader, the story followed all the rules: a country house setting, a cast of interesting and dubious characters each wi [...]


  • Plum-crazy

    I do enjoy Ann Cleeves' books & especially this series with the grouchy Vera. This one for me seemed reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel. There's the gathering of strangers - in this case a group of wannabe crime writers - at an isolated retreat where we find a room not only with a dead body in it, but also a possible culprit complete with knife in hand nearby. Case solved? Of course things are never that simple & after all Vera would hate things to be so straight forward! There's pl [...]


  • pennyg

    3.5 Decent mystery, a bit too many red herrings in this one to decipher. But for me the quality of the mystery is not the main draw in this series. It's the characters and their interactions that make this a fun read. DI Vera Stanhope, described as large, is at times caustic but not without heart dedicated to her work to a fault tracking murderers across foggy moors and rocky coasts with the help of her indomitable crew. I saw the BBC series prior to reading this and had the same characters in [...]


  • Kathy

    Curmudgeonly as Vera Stanhope is, her next door neighbor, Joanna, persists in being friendly. When Joanna goes to a writer's retreat for a week-long seminar, and one of the presenters is murdered, Joanna is the prime suspect. This case has an Agatha Christie-ish plot, with a finite number of suspects who are kept together while Vera and her team try to unravel all the connections among them. The setting isn't as vivid as in some of the other books of this series, but it's still an enjoyable puzz [...]


  • Suzanne

    A fantastic Series of Crime Fiction - if you love Vera on TV, then you'll enjoy these the programmes don't follow the books to the letter, and there have been more than 7 Episodes shown. However, I think that the books are better you find out much more about Vera herself and her back story, plus her thought processes in solving the Murders. The team dynamics are also richer. Cannot wait for more, Book or on TV.


  • Keno

    Vera Stanhope An excellent read that is engrossing and mystifying, just when you think you know who the murderer is the story line changes and your left wondering, Ann Cleeves has the knack of drawing you in and misdirecting you so you only find out the name of the murderer at the end. A must for all murder mystery fans.


  • Neil Mullins

    Good next book in seriesI love this series. Vera is such an interesting and fascinating character. I can understand how her colleagues can get frustrated with her. The interaction between them all is very enjoyable and sometimes humorous. Definitely read next in series. Thanks Ann Cleaves


  • Tiina Mahlamäki

    Vera Stanhope on persoonallinen poliisihahmo, jonka tutkimuksia voi seurata samannimisessä tv-sarjassa ja dekkareissa. Sujuvaa kerrontaa, terävää juonittelua, vähän surumielisyyttä menetetyistä mahdollisuuksista. Tässä osassa käsittelyssä ovat kirjailijanalut ja -loput, ohjaaminen ja palautteen antaminen sekä kirjoittamisen vakavuus.


  • Sirkkis

    Salla tuli käymään ja "riisti" kädestäni Suomen kieli -kirjan. Niinpä minun täytyi ottaa jokin pikalukukirja esille. Tosin lukeminen oli jotenkin työlästäKatselen Veraa mieluummin Brenda Blethynin esittämänä kuin luen tarinaa kirjana.


  • JANE

    really good


  • Anne Robinson

    I liked the background to this book, with aspiring writers and their work. Once again, Ann Cleeves writes a superb plot and I really did not work out who was the murderer!


  • Margaret S.

    Cleeves's take on the writing community in northern England. Excellent.


  • Bimbabati

    Hmmgood enough if you haven't read better Cleeves books, I guess. But I've read stories where the author is far more inspired than this, and three stars is all it gets from me.


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