Vera Stanhope is a single woman living alone in the remote house of her deceased father. She tends to drink too much, snap at her subordinates at the police station, and rely far too much on DS Ashworth (much to the displeasure of his long-suffering wife, Celine). The series is filmed in Northumberland and the scenery is beautiful. The episodes in this collection feature:
1. The Ghost Position: Vera's first superior officer has been injured while rescuing his daughter from their burning house after it has been firebombed. Soon after this, another inexplicable tragedy occurs. Vera learns some shocking things about her former colleague as she attempts to sort out what happened.
2. Silent Voices: A beloved social worker is murdered while swimming in a local beauty spot. Since her computer was stolen shortly before she died, could the killer have been trying to stop the publication of a book about an infamous child killer? Vera and Joe look into the social worker's private and professional life to get to the truth.
3. Sandancers: A local army base is the site of an apparent suicide that turns out to be murder. The victim and his unit had recently returned from a tragic tour of Afghanistan where one of their members was killed by an IED. Was this wartime death an unfortunate accident, the result of negligence, or something more sinister?
4. A Certain Samaritan: A girl passing by a bridge on a night bus thinks she sees someone being pushed over the edge of the bridge. The police respond, but where's the body? When an unidentified body does turn up, miles away, it's up to Vera to figure out who the victim is and how he got so far away from the site of the crime.
All in all, Vera is a wonderful series with enjoyable characters. I look forward to spending more time in Northumberland!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Vera: Set 2 from Acorn Media