Ann Cleeves, Shetland

Ann Cleeves might be best known for her Vera novels made in to the wonderful series starring Brenda Blethyn. But she has also created another terrific series set in Shetland with a male detective, Jimmy Perez. In 2006 she won the inaugural Duncan Lawrie Dagger, the richest crime-writing prize in the world, for a novel in her Shetland series, Raven Black.

Shetland, the TV series, begins on BBC First, 8.30pm on Thursday 14 April. The location alone makes its worth a look.

Click here to read an interview with Ann Cleeves by Anita Sethi, published in The Age Green Guide on 7 April. It also includes a link to a video of the program.