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Spider Mouth (The Edmonton Police Station Thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Yarwood
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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“I couldn't put it down. I found myself turning on the reading light for another few pages in the middle of the night if I woke up.”

"Brilliant- A must read for those who enjoy truly great books and greater writers!!"

"Another great read. Highly recommended."

"Excellent book, a lot of suspense. Murder mystery at it's best."

"I recommend this thriller. It's a really enjoyable read."

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A series of gruesome suicides involving a cannibal, a junky, and a housewife; the sadistic murder of a gangland villain; the death of the main suspect in a young girl’s disappearance- these are the events that begin a strange investigation by the newly formed Murder Squad of Edmonton Police Station, and send them racing across North London in search of the perpetrators.

At the scene of each horrific suicide, the team find a dead old man with a spider placed in his mouth. Detective Inspector Fred Fairservice finds the spiders particularly shocking, because it reminds him of something that happened to him when he was a boy. It cannot be just a coincidence.

With Detective Inspector Mark South in tow, Fred has to stop the killings, solve the riddle of the spiders, and help find a missing girl called Heather- All before his bosses make him take early retirement and his violent past catches up with him. But DI Fred Fairservice has other much darker demons to deal with.

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    Mark Yarwood is a crime writer, but also enjoys writing books in other genres. He is a former animator, sketch writer, editor, and comic book artist.

    His first four EDMONTON POLICE STATION THRILLERS, which began with SPIDER MOUTH, have been well received, and the series has been praised for the lack of a permanent main detective character; instead he uses various members of the SPECIAL CRIME GROUP as the lead characters in each book in the series.

    The first of his SEAN FAINT novels, FIRELAND has recently been published and will be followed by the 5th book in the EDMONTON POLICE STATION THRILLER series.

    Born in London, he now lives with his wife and daughter in Plymouth, Devon.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 13 Jan. 2014
    By Hisboss
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    I really enjoyed this book.

    It is well written and hard to put down. Mark Yarwood is a gifted story teller who has a great talent for suspense and keeping things moving along at a good pace.

    His main character, Fred, is a sad case that tugs at your heart strings for the situation that he is in, both in his professional and private life.

    Well worth reading - you will not be disappointed.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable follow up 13 July 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I downloaded Spider Mouth as it's the follow on to Murderson, which I really enjoyed. I was glad to find, and a little surprised, that it had very little to do with the first book, although they are set in the same police station. The subject matter is different too, as Murderson dealt with a serial killer, but this is about a series of orchestrated suicides. There's more here than just an investigation into a crime though. There's lots of deep and emotional stuff involving the main character 'Fred'. There's also a missing girl storyline that fits nicely in with the other layers of narrative. I recommend this thriller if you want more than just serial killers, and what to feel something for characters. It's a really enjoyable read.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Had me gripped right to the end 15 Mar. 2014
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    I enjoyed this book so much, I have already started on the next! I instantly connected with the characters and found the main character especially intriguing.Each and every twist had me dreading finishing the book as i never wanted it to end. Loved the authors descriptive flair and look forward to reading all he has to offer.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars What a gem 23 Aug. 2013
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    Have just discovered Mark Yarwood and Edmonton Police series.Most unusual crime book.The lead detective not what you would normally expect.Could not put my kindle down.Really enjoyed the book. Am now half way through book no 2.Would recommend to all readers of crime novels.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Red pen needed badly! 3 May 2013
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    This is "The 1st book in the EDMONTON POLICE STATION THRILLERS" and for me personally I found the story engrossing (reading around the spelling and missing word issues) until the last few pages when for me as a writer and editor the whole thing fell apart. The writer relied on spellcheckers too much and the ending which needed to be climactic was something of a really "damp squib!" Better proofreading pre publication would definitely have helped this story.

    All that said I will read the next one in the series that I have before making any recommendation.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 25 Jan. 2014
    By PollyM
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    This book started off well for me but I really didn't enjoy it. I didn't find the plot at all credible nor the way the police conducted their investigations - it all seemed quite a bit amateur and unquestioning to me. To be fair, I didn't see the end coming and was surprised by the 'baddie'. I think the plot was far too busy, there were too many subjects introduced - trafficking, cancer, love, bent police. I didn't like any of the characters either. I will try to read the next book in the series, as I believe I have to cut some slack for a debut novel.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but a shame about the 'mistakes' 17 April 2013
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    I really enjoyed the plot and the way it is written. It was a shame there were so many mistakes - the really bad one was when a suspect was found to be having a sexual relationship with his son's 'daughter' when actually it was supposed to read 'ex girlfriend'. The rest were really silly little things - words missed out and wrong words used.
    I know it is difficult to proof read your own work - I write myself.
    I will be reading the following two books. Hopefully these will be better.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars memory lane 17 July 2014
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    Having lived in Edmonton/Enfield all my life this book is like a scary trip down memory lane.
    I loved it.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Very good
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Brilliant read
    Published 4 months ago by julie beedham
    5.0 out of 5 stars A new author for me
    First time i have read this author and i am impressed with the content.Kept my interest from the very start Excellent
    Published 5 months ago by denmar
    5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Put It Down
    There are many twists and turns to this UK based thriller and I found the story really gripping. Good old Fred, the "hero" of the tale, he got there in the end in more ways... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by On The Levels
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    maintained interest
    Published 6 months ago by N. R. Davies
    5.0 out of 5 stars Expect the Unexpected
    Thoroughly enjoyable read, lots of unexpected twists and turns, with suprisingly likable characters whom you find yourself caring about. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Mrs J Osborne
    4.0 out of 5 stars its not a bad read its just there are too many people trying ...
    its not a bad read its just there are too many people trying to solve the mystery however i did enjoy it
    Published 8 months ago by ELIZABETH
    4.0 out of 5 stars after reading this I felt I had to go straight ...
    after reading this I felt I had to go straight in and read the next two, quite gripping although I felt the endings were a bit abrupt, I wanted just a little bit more
    Published 9 months ago by denise hurst
    1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't make sense.
    How can their be so many deaths connected but no one suspects murder and is told there is nothing to investigate. Only read up to 10% on my kindle and gave up.
    Published 13 months ago by V. Smith
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