Thursday, December 21, 2023


 For those of you frantically searching for the Vera Christmas Special: This special can be found on BritBox as Season 12, Episode 5. It took some searching. Although I enjoyed the show (I love the Vera series), Christmas is only a tangential part of the story. There are Christmas trees and decorations, and an office party. Totally 'stuck' in. Other than that, Christmas is definitely not part of the plot. Who would go to an island reunion just before Christmas? Certainly not a cold windy one with a causeway that floods with the tide. Oh well. But I do recommend watching..for the acting and another episode with all our 'friends.'  Looking forward to Vera, Series 13. Rumor has it that there will be only 3 episodes. 

Just want to remind you that the Vera Christmas Special was released in the U.S. on December 20 on Britbox. (UK: 12/26) 

This feature-length Christmas Special is based on Ann Cleeves's The Rising Tide. We discussed The Rising Tide in my mystery book group. It was very well received. The Rising Tide is perfect for TV, although, of course, everyone should read the book first! 

In The Rising Tide, a group of teenagers spent a weekend on Holy Island fifty years ago, but it forged a bond that has lasted a lifetime. They still return every five years to celebrate their friendship, and remember the friend they lost to the rising waters of the causeway at the first reunion. When one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in. Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now . . 

But with the tide rising, secrets long-hidden are finding their way to the surface, and Vera and the team may find themselves in more danger than they could have believed possible . . The story takes place on Holy Island (aka Lindisfarne --remember the Gospels!), a tidal island. We all know tides can be tricky.. If you go IRL, be sure and check your tide tables to avoid problems!

Can't wait to watch The Vera Christmas Special! What a nice holiday present!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Loved the book as I also love lindisfarne. Can’t wait to watch tv version.