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The Arsenic Labyrinth: 3 (Lake District Mysteries)

The Arsenic Labyrinth: 3 (Lake District Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Edwards
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'A wonderful, absorbing read... A beautifully evoked sense of the Lake District' PETER ROBINSON

Peter Robinson

'A wonderful, absorbing read'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 645 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590583280
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (25 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WB7M7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Past and present 5 Oct 2008
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hannah Scarlett and her cold case team are forced into investigating the disappearance - or is it murder? - of Emma Beswick, by an investigative journalist. Hannah herself was part of the original investigation and felt that there was more to the case than they'd discovered. Daniel Kind - the Oxford historian who has moved to the Lake District, is also curious about the case and is looking for an excuse to contact Hannah again. His relationship with Miranda is going nowhere and he is looking for a new subject to write about. Full of troubled characters, both past and present, who all have skeletons rattling in their cupboards and marvellous descriptions of the scenery and atmosphere of the Lake District, this third book in the series is every bit as good as the last two. I read it over 24 hours and found I had to keep reading until I found who had been murdered and why. The ending is brilliant and definitely not what I thought it would be. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Lace 3 Jun 2008
Like fine wine, Martin Edwards's series of novels set in the Lake District improve with age. The Arsenic Labyrinth, the third in the series following the highly acclaimed The Coffin Trail and The Cipher Garden, sees the lives of former historian Daniel Kind and DCI Hannah Scarlett become entwined again in a tale more satisfying than a bottle of vintage Krug.
Historian Daniel Kind is finding the winter months at Brackdale tough, especially so as his relationship with Miranda is also going through a dark time. Far from the bright lights of London and with the renovations behind schedule and over-budget, Miranda has a bad case of itchy feet. The fear that she may just get up and leave isn't far from his thoughts. She wouldn't be the first: years ago a solitary woman called Emma Beswick left her cottage nearby and never came back. Her disappearance went unaccounted for, and the unresolved case always irked DCI Hannah Scarlett.
Someone knows something though; someone who keeps calling the local newspaper and dropping hints about Emma's death. With the case reopened, Hannah and Daniel are drawn together again, and discover that one person will preserve the secrets of the past, whatever the cost.
This, genuinely, is one terrific read. Intriguing, fast-paced and, at times, disturbing, The Arsenic Labyrinth sees the central characters of Kind and Scarlett as more rounded, more genuine individuals who continue to grow with steadfast assuredness.
Edwards's grasp on the descriptive, too, is evermore vivid as the sights and scents of The Lakes become ever more evocative so that one can almost smell the bracken, feel the mist and sense the knives being stabbed into backs by the locals, as gossip and innuendo increases on every page.
The Arsenic Labyrinth is Martin Edwards at his very, very best and is a complex though never confusing thriller that should be read by anyone with a love of excellent writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Arsenic Labyrinth 28 Feb 2009
By Belfast Dave VINE VOICE
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE
THE ARSENIC LABYRINTH sees the welcome return of historian Daniel Kind and DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of the Cold Case Review Team, in the Lake District, in the third of this excellent series.
It's the ten-year anniversary of the disappearance of Emma Bestwick and the local paper runs a piece on her vanishing. Coincidentally someone who knows what happened to her, Guy Koenig a small beer criminal and con man, has returned to the area after a ten year absence. Guy wants to put Emma's sister's mind at rest and to let her know what happened to Emma and so tips off the paper as to where Emma's body should be.
Hannah's team springs in to action and discover not one but two skeletons under the 'Arsenic Labyrinth' near to the village of Coniston. Hannah's investigation involves questioning Emma's sister and brother-in-law, her ex-lover and the couple who were her landlords before Emma came into a sizeable amount of money of a mysterious provenance.
THE ARSENIC LABYRINTH is a classy and classic British crime novel. A mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural, there are clues available for the reader to have a good guess at what happened to Emma Bestwick. As with THE COFFIN TRAIL and THE CIPHER GARDEN another part of the Lake District is spotlighted. The combination of likeable characters and a strong plot with informative local history and an evocative setting make this series a winner.

A full version of this review is at Euro Crime.

The novels in this series, in order, are: The Coffin Trail, The Cipher Garden, The Arsenic Labyrinth and The Serpent Pool. They are all excellent examples of why crime fiction is popular with so many readers. If you are thinking of trying James Patterson or Patricia Cornwell, try these instead, they are much better!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars good read if you like this
not a lot of interest in this as no trains
Published 27 days ago by Mrs. D. H. Wood
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I didn't enjoy this as much as Martin Edwards' earlier Lake District books but it was ok. I like the main characters so stuck with it if only to see if/when their relationship... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Grey Charlotte
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
This is a light read with a clever plot. Much better than the first book so I'm glad I stuck with the author. Characters are good and story line believable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Beautiful dishes and sticks
3.0 out of 5 stars Moderate.
Not I fear for the first time, I find myself at odds with fellow reviewers. Recently I have run into a number of somewhat indifferent crime novels after hitting lucky with some... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bluecashmere.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, empathetic mystery
Martin Edwards's Lake District novels are always reliable for intelligent and compassionately portrayed entertainment, and they keep getting better. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kacper
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SERIES
I enjoy all Martin Edwards' books. The Lake District is a fine location and the characters are well-drawn and believable.
Published 12 months ago by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Lake District
This is my second trip into Martin Edwards' Lake District. The adventure began with a trek along the 'Coffin Trail' and now I've got reacquainted with the Lake District in the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
Love the characters and the interactions.....will they, wont they? Good description of the Lakes and I grew up visiting there so know it well. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars The Arsenic Labyrinth
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Lake District Mysteries and am hoping for more to be forthcoming. The stories are very good and the characters believable.
Published 17 months ago by Fellmare
4.0 out of 5 stars The Arsenic Labyrinth
Another gripping read in the Lake District Murder series. D.I. Hannah Scarlett is an interesting and believable character. So is Daniel Kind.
Published 18 months ago by Hazel
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