Vera

Vera

DVD - 2011
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Follows a solitary, obsessed, cantankerous investigator-- who happens to be pure genius at her job.
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Distributed by Acorn Media, c2011
ISBN: 9781598285765
Branch Call Number: TV VER 1
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 355 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Vera. Season 1 [dvd]

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Jun 25, 2018

This character is so strange off the bat and the first episode so vague and presuming that we wondered if we had missed another previous season. As a lover of all things Brit this was a let down, especially because I loved Shetland by the same author. Did not watch it all.

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pattyskypants
Mar 18, 2018

Absolutely have to have subtitles for this. Kind of a female Columbo with better acting and no goofy Marple-ish or Poirot-ish quirks or tired cinema celebreties. In all the episodes I've watched so far, there has been only one scene that was totally unbelievable (she gets mad at Kenny for being "disloyal"); she is a female leader and she runs her team very well. These stories are solid and, for the most part, they move and don't get bogged down. I just wish there were more episodes to watch.

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Janice21383
Feb 25, 2018

At a certain point in their careers, it seems that every good actor in the UK appears as the lead in a mystery series, and Brenda Blethyn is no exception. The emphasis is on character study rather than on story. The series is well acted, but unfortunately, the character of Vera is taken too far. I don't know whether it's the direction, the writing, or Ms. Blethyn, but her character is such a mess mentally and physically, I refuse to believe she would be employed by any police force. The bleak, marshy scenery is stunningly photographed.

LPL_TriciaK Dec 01, 2017

A fantastic series for mystery lovers! It's based on the novels by Ann Cleeves about the lonely, work-obsessed, disheveled Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera barks at and bosses around her team - especially her detective sergeant, Joe , but we grow to like her despite her brusque manner. Set in gorgeous Northumberland England, you'll revel in the bucolic scenery and admire the great skill of the award-winning lead actress, Brenda Blethyn. Murders are gritty, writing is good. It's gone on seven seasons as of 2017, so you know it's worth a look!

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zipread
Oct 09, 2017

For sure I love this series. Vera is such an engaging character. I'm sure that I've seen all the episodes ever made. May we have more, please?

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susancp61
Sep 30, 2017

My favourite Police detective, by far.
If only, they were all this good.

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Nooksack20
Jul 13, 2017

Highly recommended. She is truly a diamond in the rough.

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talktimereader
May 06, 2017

Much in the tradition of a grumpy Morse, this is delightful English Detective fiction with super scenery.

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franna
May 04, 2017

good murder mystery series, but i tend to like the ones where the detective is a little more light-hearted - like Columbo, Murder She Wrote, or Father Brown. Vera is a good show - just a little dark for me. She's pretty rough around the edges, too, which of course makes her more interesting to some viewers.

charming protagonist with complex psychological tensions. Needed the subtitles for some of that English country dialogue

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