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The Coffin Trail (Lake District Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The last few chapters contain more drama and focus on the crime. The circumstances leading up to the murder, however, are rather implausible.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took a while for the story to really get going (hence 4 stars rather than 5), but I think Martin E was setting up the setting and characters for a series of books to follow. Read morePublished 9 days ago by jennifer skeels
I have read the last of the Lake District Mystery's and found it to be gripping and exciting. Of course the backdrop of the Lakes adds to the books. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sandra Amazon Customer
Quite enjoyed this . Nice mystery, not too obvious who did it. Good, easy read.Published 1 month ago by Lancashire lass