""Ann Cleeves is a master of her craft and I thoroughly enjoy all her books. ‘The Heron’s Cry’ is no exception.""
Detective Inspector Matthew Venn is called out to a murder at the home of a local philanthropist and the associated workshops of two artists. The victim is the father of one of them, a talented artist in glass. The murder weapon is a shard of one of her art vases. There seems to be no reason for the murder, as Dr Yeo is well respected in the area and much loved by his daughter. But then another body is found, again stabbed with a shard of art glass.
Matthew has to investigate the undercurrents of jealousy and anger in the apparently idyllic community. He has recently returned to the area where he was brought up and battles with overcoming the resentment he feels for his mother. The uncomplicated love of his husband helps him to deal with both.
The key to finding the perpetrator lies in a secret website which purports to support young people with mental illness. This touches several families in the area and Matthew doggedly pursues this line of enquiry until he finds the answer.