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Join bestselling author of BBC’s Shetland Ann Cleeves, Professor of Forensic Pathology at Aberdeen University Dr James Grieve, and Shetland’s Mr Fix-It Davie Gardner, as they screen clips from the series and discuss the fact and fiction of Shetland to celebrate the launch of Cleeves’ brand new novel, ‘Cold Earth’.

Cold Earth is Cleeves’ 30th novel, and once again features the enigmatic Jimmy Perez, brought to life in BBC One’s drama series by Douglas Henshall, as he struggles to uncover a dark secret buried on Shetland. “The tide of earth had deposited debris, thrown it up on its way through the croft. Perez saw a bed head, a couple of plastic garden chairs that must have been stored in the lean-to. And something else, bright against the grey wall and the black soil. A splash of red. Brighter than blood.”

With over 1.5 million books sold worldwide, Ann Cleeves is one of Britain’s most successful crime fiction novelists. Her Shetland-set stories involving Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez form the basis of the hugely popular BBC drama, Shetland, the fourth series of which will be broadcast early in 2017. ‘Cold Earth’ is Cleeves’ seventh Shetland novel.

The event will take place at Mareel on Saturday 1 October at 8.00pm. Tickets will be available from Friday 9 September through Shetland Box Office at Mareel and Isleburgh, over the phone on 01595 745555, or online at



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