#BookBeginnings Wild Fire by Ann Cleeves

Wild Fire: A Shetland Island Mystery (Shetland Island Mysteries) by Ann Cleeves for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



Wild Fire: A Shetland Island Mystery  by Ann Cleeves

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Summary:  In the final installment of the Shetland Island Mysteries, an English family moves to the remote Shetland Islands to give their autistic son chance for a better life. When a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn beside their home,  suspicion falls on the father who might have been having an affair with her. Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez must investigate while dealing with both his complicated relationship with his boss and the burning resentment of locals towards the newcomers.

The novels are also the basis of a popular television series.

First Sentences of Wild Fire:

Emma sat on the shingle bank and watched the kids on the beach below build a bonfire. They’d dragged pieces of driftwood into a pile: it was something to do to relieve their boredom. Nothing much happened in Delaness.


Did you notice the alliteration in the first line? Five words start with ‘b’ and the punchline in the next line also starts with ‘b’: boredom. Do you think that was intentional?

What do you think? Are you a fan of the Shetland Island Mysteries? Have you seen the TV show?


  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I love alliteration. I have also been wanting to read Ann Cleeves, as I’ve enjoyed Shetland on Netflix.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      I’ve got to admit that Shetland drew me to the novels. I am a sucker for a strong setting.

  2. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    This series is on my must-try list. I even purchased the first book.

    • Roberta

      I’m reviewing Raven Black now.

  3. Lauren @

    I’ve been thinking of trying out the tv show – a friend of mine is a fan. 🙂

    • Roberta

      Gorgeous setting…

  4. DOnna

    I’m not familiar with the books or the television show. See what book MK is featuring at Girl Who Reads

  5. Anne@Headfullofbooks

    I am finally making my way through my blog’s comments and wanted to get back to you.
    1. I laughed about the library books with art covered up by construction paper. What kind of prude thinks that will help keep her dear children pure?
    2. Congrats about the Cybils. I am also doing nonfiction but for the older kids. I was a judge in the same category last year. We had about 65 books to read and judge, some were so good and others, um, why did someone think they were award-worthy? Good luck with your process.

    • Roberta

      Anne, Good luck to you, too. I judged the same category a few years ago and I think we had about 100 books. I suspect some were nominated as favors to friends, but most were enjoyable at least.

      I’m actually glad you had that many books for older readers. There was a time when teenagers had to resort to adult nonfiction.

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