The Serpent Pool (Lake District Mysteries Book 4) and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
£6.39
  • RRP: £7.99
  • You Save: £1.60 (20%)
FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.
Only 12 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Serpent Pool, The (Lake District Mysteries) Paperback – 10 Jan 2011


See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£6.39
£0.01 £0.01

Trade In Promotion


Frequently Bought Together

Serpent Pool, The (Lake District Mysteries) + Hanging Wood, The (Lake District Mystery) (Lake District Mysteries) + ARSENIC LABYRINTH, THE (Lake District Mysteries)
Price For All Three: £22.37

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: ALLISON & BUSBY (10 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749008792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749008796
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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?'

Product Description

Review

'Evocative descriptions, expert plotting, an engaging protagonist and strongly delineated characters...the denouement will have you choking on your Kendal mint cake' The Guardian

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
DCI Hannah Scarlett is investigating the 6 year old murder of Bethany Friend who was found dead in the Serpent Pool not far from where she now lives. Was it murder or could it conceivably have been suicide? Her partner, rare book dealer Marc Amos, seems to think she is wasting her time re-opening the case, but Hannah doesn't think she is. The rest of Hannah's colleagues, meanwhile, are investigating the death of a local rare book collector - George Saffell - burned to death along with his valuable book collection.

Marc and Hannah are not getting on too well even though they have recently bought an old house with the intention of renovating it. I thought the scenes near the beginning of the book where Hannah is checking everything she says in order not to start a row were cleverly done and very true to life. Hannah is wondering whether Marc knows more about Bethany than he is saying and just how well he knows a new member of his staff, Cassie Weston.

I was hooked from the very first page of this complex mystery. It is well written and the characters are three dimensional and all too human. I enjoyed trying to work out in advance the links between people. I liked the way Hannah debates with herself about whether to contact Daniel Kind - the son of her former boss - again, even though she knows it might not be a good idea to do so. The rare books background is interesting as are the discussions about Thomas De Quincey - about whom Daniel is supposed to be writing a book. The Lake District in winter broods over the whole story like a character in its own right and the sense of place is very strong.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. King on 13 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The story is fair although there is little tension or excitement. It was difficult to care about the characters who did not come across as real people. Overall disappointing.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Hayes on 30 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
New Year's Eve, and DCI Hannah Scarlett is reluctantly readying herself for a party hosted by rich lawyer Stuart Wagg, but anything she muses is an improvement after spending Christmas - seven claustrophobic days cheek by jowl with Marc's (her partner's) family. As Stuart is one of Marc's best customers, and having recently moved to a new house that needs a lot of work, they need all the money they can get. Marc Amos is a second hand book-seller, specializing in rare books, and with his best customer recently being found burnt to death along with all his books, Marc cannot afford to lose another customer.

Back at work Hannah Scarlett, head of the Cold Cases Division of the Cumbria Constabulary is currently looking into the death of Bethany Friend, who six years ago died from drowning in The Serpent's Pool. But was it suicide or murder? As Hannah interviews the people who knew Bethany she begins to suspect that Marc knew Bethany but if he did he has never mentioned it when the subject has come up - is Marc hiding something? And could it have anything to do with Bethany's death. The easiest thing would be to ask him, but the relationship between Hannah and Marc is already strained, and so she puts it off trying to find the right time.

Hannah and Marc have clearly moved apart in their relationship, and although their differences must have always been there they are now becoming more apparent as time passes. The relationship problems are handled well, with skill and sensitivity, and contribute much to the feel of the story.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KP on 20 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
Although I usually read True Crime books I have enjoyed reading all five crime novels in Martin Edwards's Lake District series. The novels have interesting story lines involving several key characters that appear in each book and the lead up to the denouement is cleverly constructed to remain ambiguous yet still hold the reader's interest. Martin Edwards writes with humour and insight into human behaviour under stress and the beginnings and endings are excellent. I particularly enjoyed 'The Serpent Pool' - the final scene is quite something and I look forward to reading the sixth book in the series.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Aug 2010
Format: Hardcover
Six years ago a girl drowned herself - but was it really murder? Now two book collectors have been killed in mysterious circumstances and Hannah Scarlet has to work out the connections between them all while negotiating her own difficult love life.

This is the first Martin Edwards I've read and I found it both disappointing and formulaic. The beginning, especially the dialogue, feels very forced and self-conscious, and the story itself is full of the clichés of the genre. So Hannah spends a lot of time wondering whether her live-in boyfriend of years could actually be the murderer; there are `hidden' clues that should have been in full view of everyone; and the climax is Hannah's rush to rescue the last victim all on her own with no back-up.

With an incredibly over-wrought solution (in a Wagnerian way) I found this book completely unconvincing.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback