In England's birdwatching paradise, a new breed has been sighted - a murderer . . .
Young Tom French is found dead on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, everyone liked him. Or did they?
Elderly birdwatcher George Palmer-Jones decides to investigate the brutal crime - was the motivation unrequited love, pure envy or something else entirely? But as he and his fellow twitchers flock from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles in response to rumours of rare sightings, George - with help from his lovely wife, Molly - gradually discerns the true markings of a killer. All he has to do is prove it . . . before the murderer strikes again. A Bird in the Hand was the first book published by bestselling author Ann Cleeves. 'Her early birding mysteries are classics' New York Times 'A fine debut . . . watertight and exciting' Susan Hill
Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can now be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.
Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook, and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. Ann is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Ann lives in North Tyneside near where the Vera books are set.