Too Good to be True

Ann Cleeves

Crime / thriller · Great for: Fans of Tartan noir and John le Carré

About this book

Too Good To Be True is a gripping Quick Read from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the bestselling Shetland series.

When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don’t happen. But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from far-away Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death? Sarah refuses to believe it – but needs proof.

Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder …

What we think of this book & ideas for gifting

A potent and gripping short crime novella evoking the claustrophobia and sinister goings-on of a small Scottish village. Great for anyone you encounter who doesn't read much but loves crime-driven plots on film and TV.