The third instalment from Martin Edwards in his unique "Lake District" series, and as with the previous two books, an absolute gem.
I whole heartedly agree with other reviewers about "The Arsenic Labyrinth" and can endorse that, with every additional book, we learn more about the characters, places, folklore, myths and legends that abound in the Lake District of Martin Edwards' literature. What has struck me from reading the first book "The Coffin Trail" through to this third endeavour is the knowledge we gleam regarding the main players in this series, their likes, dislikes, loves and attractions (I wont say any more, I promise!). Then there is Edwards extensive research into the actual, and historically correct, titles of his books. I had no idea that their really are walkways called "Coffin Trails", horticultural puzzles such as "Cipher Gardens", and quarry struck man made tunnels called "Arsenic Labyrinth's".
I can be a bit of an impatient reader. If I feel that a book is taking too long, or becomes tiresome, I cut it very little slack. Once or twice I have come close to abandoning each of Martin Edwards books. Only because they have to be read slightly differently from the body strung, high octave, serial killer bumpers, that are for the most, my books of choice. Thank God I persevered. For I have been rewarded with a series of books that are literate, but not bewildering, and engaging, yet gritty and highly entertaining. Can't wait for the next one.