Calling all crime fiction fans!

Join us in Bridgnorth for an evening with bestselling crime writer Ann Cleeves as she talks about her new ‘Vera’ novel, The Dark Wives.

Vera Stanhope, star of ITV’s Vera, returns in the eleventh novel in Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Ann Cleeves’ acclaimed series.

A body is found by an early morning dog walker on the common outside Rosebank, a care home for troubled teens. The victim is Josh, a staff member, who never showed up to work.

DI Vera Stanhope is called out to investigate. Her only clue is the disappearance of fourteen-year-old resident Chloe. Vera can’t bring herself to believe that a teenager is responsible for the murder, but even she can’t dismiss the possibility.

Vera, Joe and new team member Rosie are soon embroiled in the case, but when a second body is found near the Three Dark Wives standing stones in the wilds of the Northumbrian countryside, folklore and fact begin to collide.

Vera knows she has to find Chloe to get to the truth, but it seems that the dark secrets in their community may be far more dangerous than she could ever have believed.

We look forward to welcoming Ann Cleeves to Bridgnorth to celebrate the publication of The Dark Wives. Don’t miss this chance to see one of the UK’s most popular and successful crime writers.


Ann Cleeves OBE is the author of 37 critically acclaimed novels, a multi million international bestseller whose work has been translated into over 20 languages. In 2017 she was awarded the highest acclolade in crime writing, The CWA Diamond Dagger. Ann is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope, Jimmy Perez and Matthew Venn, who can be found on television in ITV’s Vera, BBC One’s Shetland and ITV’s The Long Call respectively. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.

Tickets: £12 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Dark Wives) or £22 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Dark Wives)