I really enjoyed this one. I think it was because the mystery in this one at least made better sense than the last one. It wasn’t great either, but there were clues there that you could follow in retrospect after you got to the end.
“Thin Air” takes place 6 months after the events in the last book, “Dead Water”. We follow Inspector Jimmy Perez as he is called away to help find a missing woman who was in Shetland for a wedding party. Many people think that the English woman is just missing, but when she is found murdered, Jimmy, Sandy, and Willow have to find out who wanted the woman dead and why.
So Jimmy is doing much better in this book, it’s been a year since he lost Fran and he is working cases. The fact that he is able to leave Cassie with her father for some over nights says a lot about how much he has loosened up. He still has pain over Fran, but is trying to be better and make sure Cassie sees her grandparents.
Sandy kind of came into his own in this one I thought. We get to see an old love of his, but he is also wondering about the death of a young girl from about 70 years ago and how it can tie into this case now.
Willow finds herself thinking of Jimmy in a different way in this one, and I can see where the wind is blowing there. But I like that it didn’t take precedence over the actual mystery.
I did like the writing in this one a lot and the clues that Cleeves leaves for us to find. This one felt more intricated and at times reminded me of a Vera Stanhope novel. Just with a lot less loathing of colleagues that Vera has going on most of the time.
The flow of the book works from beginning to end and I honestly didn’t put this one down until the murderer was revealed.
And unlike with the last book, I have to say that I really enjoyed this one and it made sense about the murders unlike with the last book. And honestly the reason why the last one was a bit of a mess was because of the second murder that occurred and the ties that victim had to the murderer.