Arts / Cleeves shares new free short story as crime writing festival kicks off

THE POPULAR author of the Shetland crime novels has released a new short story featuring detectives Jimmy Perez and Alison McIntosh.

Ann Cleeves made the announcement for Missing in the Snow yesterday (Thursday) on social media.

Crime writer Ann Cleeves.

She wrote: “Last winter I lost my laptop in a snowy Shetland. This led to a short story featuring Perez & Tosh.

“As I’m in Shetland, it seems a good time to share it.”

Cleeves lost her laptop last December during the heavy spell of snow. It was found, but had been run over by a vehicle.

The author is currently in the isles for the Shetland Noir festival, which she has curated.

The crime writing festival kicked off last night and boasts an action-packed schedule for the weekend ahead.

During the weekend, Mareel is only open to those attending Shetland Noir.

Visiting authors include Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club) and Val McDermid (Wire in the Blood).

Stay tuned for the Shetland News coverage of the festival over the coming days.

People can find out how to download Cleeves’ story here.

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