Crime drama Vera returned triumphantly to our screens last night (12.1.20).
The show, starring Brenda Blethyn as frumpy Northumberland detective Vera Stanhope, came back to ITV for its 10th series.
But just before broadcast, writer Ann Cleeves, whose novels the series is based on, dropped some news that delighted fans.
Award-winning crime writer Ann, 65, Tweeted, "Well tweeps, while we’re waiting for Vera on ITV, here’s some news of my own: the next Vera book - called The Darkest Evening - will be out in September."
The Darkest Evening is set to become Ann's ninth Vera book, and the first since 2017's The Seagull.
Ann also penned the Shetland books, which later became a BBC TV series starring Douglas Henshall.
It wasn't long before fans of the character took to Twitter to express their delight at the news.
One fan said: "How wonderful is that!?! Cannot wait."
"Hurrah, brilliant time to announce that!" another wrote.
Meanwhile, last night's series opener - which saw Vera investigate the death of a self-styled entrepreneur - drew praise from fans.
One viewer wrote: "So glad we watched #Vera over Love Island. Love it pet!"
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