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The Coffin Trail (Lake District Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Martin Edwards writes terrific crime novels. - Marcel Berlins, "The Guardian""Edwards's book is an interesting fair-play puzzler that will engage fans who like their contemporary crime in an English village setting." "Publisher's Weekly""The author...has crafted a poignant mystery: atmospheric, haunting, and so tactile you can almost smell the moist air." --"Booklist" "A clever psychological thriller" Susanna Yager, " The Sunday Telegraph""

About the Author

Martin Edwards has published 12 novels. He has edited 16 crime fiction anthologies and written a book about homicide investigation. He is a well-known reviewer and commentator on the genre. "

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590581296
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (10 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB7KR2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 179 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This is one sharp novel. Introducing DCI Hannah Scarlett, Edwards brings us a fantastic thriller which surprises and intrigues by turn. The Lake District plays an eerie backdrop to Daniel and Miranda's hope for a peaceful new life in beautiful Brackdale. However, secrets past and present come to haunt the characters, and question their - not to mention the reader's - loyalties, right up to the very end.

This a highly convincing thriller, perhaps Edwards' best yet; if you're looking for an exciting crime novel this summer, look no further than this.
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I bought this book on a whim, and after reading various amazon reviews, was hoping for a book interesting enough to make me want to read the others in the series.
Has not proved to be the case, unfortunately.
While the geographical setting, and the chilling scene depicted in the first few pages were promising, I found this book to be quite banal and clichéd. It had a curiously dated, old-fashioned feel to it, (and while that can sometimes be delightful, cf Sherlock Holmes or Ruth Rendall) in this instance it was boring.
I fancy it is the kind of book one might find in a seaside guest house on a rainy Saturday afternoon - it whiles away an hour or two, and will be forgotten almost instantly.
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I was disappointed in this book. After a short preface describing the discovery of a woman's body, the early chapters, set several years later, are largely about the main characters' relationships with each other. It is only about halfway through the book that we return to the murder, and the police's renewed attempts to find the killer. Even now the pace moves rather slowly with again a lot about relationships. More characters are introduced who all seem to be cousins and/or ex-lovers of each other and we learn about their sex lives as well.

The last few chapters contain more drama and focus on the crime. The circumstances leading up to the murder, however, are rather implausible.
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Format: Hardcover
The Cipher Garden, the second Martin Edwards novel in his Lake District Mystery series, is as compelling a Crime Fiction novel as is likely to be found. A lot darker than its predecessor, The Coffin Trail, Edwards has managed to encapsulate the mysterious beauty of The Lakes and has imbued them with even more macabre majesty, through tight descriptive prose, credible scenarios and manifestly believable characterisations.
Warren Howe, a husband and father of two, is brutally slaughtered with his own scythe by a mysterious hooded figure. He had been on a garden-landscaping job, digging an excavation trench into which the killer would soon throw his bloodied, lifeless body. The police identify several suspects but, due to the lack of evidence, they fail to make an arrest.
Years later an anonymous tip-off sparks the interest of DCI Hannah Scarlett and, despite her superior’s discouragement, she follows her instincts and pursues the case. Hannah’s investigations lead her to suspect Howe’s widow, Tina, but she has an alibi that seems to put her out of the frame and only when historian Daniel Kind’s discoveries about the unusual garden attached to his new home emerge, does the crucial link Hannah’s investigation carry her forward. As Hannah and Daniel delve deeper in their quest for the truth, they discover that in this village old sins cast long shadows.
Here, the characters of Kind and Scarlett are much more rounded and natural. Their chemistry is tinged with a tension that invigorates their individual personalities so that the reader yearns for them to be drawn closer together. Alone, they are two people set in their own separate worlds. Together, they are a team made in heaven.
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Daniel Kind wants to make a sea change. He and his new partner Miranda impulsively buy a run down cottage in the Lake District, vowing to cut off all contact from Daniel's university past and Miranda's horror work experiences. What Daniel neglects to tell Miranda is that Tern Cottage once housed a childhood playmate who in adulthood was accused of being a murderer. Opinion is still divided in the quiet town of Brackdale as to whether the simple and introverted Barrie Gilpin would have slain a young woman and left her to the crows on an old local sacrificial stone. Barrie's death from falling down a ravine conveniently tied up the murder case for the local constabulary at the time but Daniel still doubts. His investigations become his new occupation, and it doesn't make him popular with townsfolk who would prefer that old sleeping dogs were left to lie.

Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Scarlett can smell a sideways move in the wind, and so can all her colleagues. Re-assigned to head up a cold case squad in the familiar surrounds of the Lake District Hannah decides things could be worse and gets stuck into re-investigating the old murder of Gabrielle Anders. Gabrielle stirred up the flames of more than just the starry eyed Barrie Gilpin when she blew into town long ago, and few have forgotten her. There's plenty of suspects and plenty of reasons why someone would want the traveler dead, and Hannah finds a person of like mind in Daniel Kind, son of her former partner. Daniel once holidayed in the area as a child and was one of the few ever to know or be kind to loner Barrie. As the investigation deepens Hannah finds that more than one alibi was falsified for the sake of Brackdale community peace.
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