Vera Stanhope

What is it that makes an older woman a good detective?

Brenda Blethyn 2 vera

Vera Stanhope. A complex and astute investigator, with that elusive quality, wisdom.

Do you agree? Please leave a comment.

Vera is the protagonist of the detective novels of Ann Cleeves, set in Northumberland in north eastern England.
She is brought beautifully to life by Brenda Blethyn.

brenda blethyn as vera


Vera is grumpy, irascible and impatient. She can’t run fast and she definitely can’t fight.

What are her strengths?

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