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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (28 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749011521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749011529
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer whose sixth and most recent Lake District Mystery, featuring DCI Hannah Scarlett and Daniel Kind, is The Frozen Shroud. Earlier books in the series are The Coffin Trail (short-listed for the Theakston's prize for best British crime novel of 2006), The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic Labyrinth (short-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year award in 2008), The Serpent Pool, and The Hanging Wood.

Martin has written eight novels about lawyer Harry Devlin, the first of which, All the Lonely People, was short-listed for the CWA John Creasey Memorial Dagger for the best first crime novel of the year and has been republished as an Arcturus Crime Classic, to be followed by Yesterday's Papers. The early Devlin books are now enjoying a fresh life as ebooks, with new introductions by leading authors such as Val McDermid and Frances Fyfield, as well as other new material.

In addition Martin has written a stand-alone novel of psychological suspense, Take My Breath Away, and a much acclaimed novel featuring Dr Crippen, Dancing for the Hangman. The latest Devlin novel, Waterloo Sunset, appeared in 2008. He completed Bill Knox's last book, The Lazarus Widow. He has published a collection of short stories, Where Do You Find Your Ideas? and other stories; 'Test Drive' was short-listed for the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2006, while 'The Bookbinder's Apprentice' won the same Dagger in 2008.

A well-known commentator on crime fiction, he has edited 20 anthologies and published eight non-fiction books, including a study of homicide investigation, Urge to Kill.An expert on crime fiction history, he is archivist of both the Crime Writers' Association and the Detection Club. In his spare time he is a partner in a national law firm and posts regularly to his blog, 'Do You Write Under Your Own Name?'

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'First rate - Edwards writes terrific crime novels' Marcel Berlins, The Guardian

About the Author

Martin Edwards is a British lawyer and the award-winning author of fourteen previous novels, including the Harry Devlin series set iin Liverpool, and four highly acclaimed Lake District Mysteries. He has published many short stories, and edited sixteen crime fiction anthologies. A renowned commentator on crime fiction, he has also published eight non-fiction books. His website is, and his blog --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Freeman on 27 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Hanging Wood is Martin Edwards's 5th Lake District Mystery. I've enjoyed all of them and this is no exception. Historian Daniel Kind is carrying out research at St Herbert's Residential Library where Orla Payne works. She is obsessed by the disappearance of her brother Callum, twenty years earlier when he was a teenager and she was a child of seven. When her uncle was found dead in Hanging Wood, the police assumed he had committed suicide after killing Callum, even though his body was never found. Daniel encourages Orla to speak to DCI Hannah Scarlet, who heads the Cold Case Review Team at Cumbria Constabulary about her brother's disappearance. However, a drunken Orla fails to convince Hannah to reopen the case and it is only after Orla's death that the police decide to review Callum's disappearance. As Hannah tries to discover what happened to Callum, she begins to think their deaths are connected and were not accidental or suicide.

I really enjoyed this book, with its interesting characters and atmospheric Lake District setting. The Hanging Wood itself with its towering wych elms, rowan, ash and oak trees, and old paths obscured by grass, heather and brambles is not a pleasant place.

The case is intriguing and cleverly constructed. I thought I'd worked it out and I did, but only after several red herrings threw me off track for a while. I like the mix of cold and new cases, the sense of history and the characterisation - a most satisfying read.

I also like the sub-plot of Hannah and Daniel's relationship. Both of them are now living on their own, but Marc is still trying to patch things up with Hannah and Hannah is just not sure. I think for this strand of the novels it really does help to read the books in sequence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug 2011
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I was disappointed by this book. I have enjoyed the others in the series. Daniel and Hannah are two strong characters with lots more potential and the plots have been engaging. With this book I felt that the author had been asked to play up the attraction between Daniel and Hannah at the expense of the plot which was, quite frankly, both farfetched and derivative. The only excitement came with the "will they/won't they" scenario acting as a sort of bait to keep us hanging in there. The books were strong enough without this device and this one would have been much better with a credible plot peopled by credible characters, letting Daniel and Hannah develop at their own pace.

Having got that gripe out of the way, it's an OK read on a wet day.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dorte Jakobsen on 28 Mar 2011
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (a free NetGalley review copy).

The fifth Lake District Mystery, featuring DI Hannah Scarlett and historian Daniel Kind - to be published soon in the UK.
"I must talk to Hannah Scarlett, it's a matter of life and death." This is how it all begins when Orla Payne calls the Cold Case Review Team of Cumbria Constabulary. Unfortunately she is so drunk that detective constable Linz Waller gives up understanding what she wants.
When Orla was a little girl, her teenage brother Callum went missing, and as his uncle committed suicide soon after, the police saw his death as an admission of guilt and closed the case. Orla never believed her Uncle Philip could hurt her brother, and even if he did, the body must be somewhere so she still wants closure of some kind. After her vain effort to get in touch with Hannah Scarlett, she goes to her father's farm and commits suicide in a corn silo, however, a drastic action which indicates she may have received new information about her brother.
Central to the setting is St Herbert's Residential Library where Daniel Kind is struggling to finish his latest book before deadline while all the beautiful women around him seem intent on taking his time. The library is also the place where Orla Payne worked, and so does the mysterious Aslan Sheik. Is the young man an idealist, or is there another reason why he chooses voluntary work among old books?
Followers of the series will know that Daniel has been single since Miranda left him, and now Hannah is also on her own as Marc moved out of their house a couple of months ago. Marc tries to make it up to her, but Hannah is not sure what she wants.
As usual, Martin Edwards offers a well-written story, an interesting setting and a fine cold-case mystery that captures your attention from the first chapter. And what happens between Hannah and Daniel - well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E Spencer on 27 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
I awaited the publication of Martin Edwards latest Lake District Mystery with patience and anticipation! Would I be able to (for once) solve the mystery before the final page? Would Hannah and Daniel "get together"? Indeed would I enjoy it as much as the previous four novels in the series? NO,READ THE BOOK, and YES.
If you are not familiar with the main characters in the series it really doesn't matter as the author manages to inform new readers of their backstory without detracting from the pace and plot of the latest mystery.
The Hanging Wood is a wood where Orla Payne's uncle killed himself after his nephew went missing.No body is found and everyone assumes that his uncle killed him. Orla has never believed that her uncle killed her brother, grief and the inability to get anyone to believe her have gradualy left Orla a bitter drunken adult who returns to her childhood village determined to find the truth.No one believes her not even Hannah and the cold case team.Where can Orla turn? What can she do?!! The dramatic fisrt chapter sets the tone and pace for the rest of the book (and answers these questions!)
I am not going to elaborate on the plot, but if you choose to read The Hanging Wood you will be treated to a story involving family rivalry, jealousy, and murder,where events from the past catch up with characters resulting in a truely gripping atmospheric mystery.
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