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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Library edition edition (6 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007184859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007184859
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,003,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write what I like to call Vintage Mysteries, since they're set in the nineteen-thirties, forties and fifties.

They're stories of love and marriage, families and friendship, in which the loyalties, feuds, secrets and betrayals of the past cast long shadows into the present.
I'm fascinated by characters who are quirky, mysterious, funny, unexpected and interesting and I want readers to share, as I do, in their joys and sorrows.

With dramatic and glamorous settings from icy lakes to Italian villas, from wintry Budapest to fashionable France, from Cornwall to the Lake District, the landscapes are as powerful as the stories are complex.
The tense realities of life mingle with supernatural elements : ghosts, prophetic dreams and voices from the past, but fun and humour also dance in and out of the light and darkness of the stories.

My aim is to enthral, delight and amuse readers as they are transported to a different era.
A review posted by a reader said my books take you out of the daily world and make the impossible seem possible--that's just what I want to do.

I also write as Elizabeth Aston, and if you enjoyed VILLA IN ITALY, you might also enjoy VOLCANIC AIRS, which is set on an idyllic Sicilian island. It's one of the books in my Mountjoy series, so please visit my other author page and check out those books.

A few biographical details: I was born in Chile, have lived in India and Italy and now live in Oxford, where I went to university--and where I've recently taken up bell-ringing.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Edmondson has recently settled in Italy. Her grandparents once had a house on the lake shore in Westmoreland, and it was their stories and photographs which inspired her to write ‘The Frozen Lake’.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By KK on 11 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
It took me a long while to get into this book, because initially a lot of characters are introduced from two different families. However once into it, and at around 2/3rd through the book it picks up pace and is full of surprises that will have you gasping in shock. Well worth a read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Reader on 19 April 2009
Format: Paperback
I'd read the author's two other books and thoroughly enjoyed them so felt confident this one would be the same. However, I found the first 200 pages or so of The Frozen Lake introduced so many different characters in different settings that it was difficult to follow. It wasn't until after this point that it started to become much more intriguing and made me want to read on. I would have preferred getting to know some of the main characters better earlier on in the story. In the end the book was gripping and very dramatic, however it took such a long time to build that I was very tempted to put the book down before that point - I'm glad I persevered with it although I have to say that the author's other two books were significantly better!
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By vicky blake on 25 April 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a rollocking good read. It is nostaligic but without being in any way cute about it and dispenses its historical knowledge with a very light touch. It also has a fantastically malign matriarch. I enjoyed the way a large cast of characters is gathered together at the beginning and then they all come together in the Lake District so we can see how they interact. As it progressed it exerted a vice-like grip and by the end I was reading this way into the night. Truly unputdownable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ruftikins on 15 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
Ok perhaps I did not give this a fighting chance....200 pages and two dimensional characters still being introduced just induced massive yawns in me and I gave up.

There might be incredible twists and turns to the story but I am afraid I just did not have the stamina to get to them!

This was my first and last Elizabeth Edmondson I am afraid!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Hibbard on 25 Aug. 2006
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I just finished reading "The Frozen Lake" and am still stunned by the twists I didn't see coming at the end of this amazing story! The author gives the reader very interesting + descriptive insight into all of the characters(and there are quite a few!)as the story progresses. Then the characters backgrounds and lives start to intertwine, and now you can't put the book down! This is the first book I've read by this author, but you can be certain I will be ordering more from Ms. Edmondson! Thank you so much for a super read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bertha on 19 Jan. 2013
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Too many characters for me to keep track of!
Setting the scene was quite drawn out.
Have read better from this author.
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By talmine on 31 Oct. 2014
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I read the novel immediately after 'The Italian Villa' by the same author, which was set in the early fifties. This story is set in the Thirties; more precisely just before Edward 8th came to the throne, when a second war with Germany was beginning to be seen as inevitable. It was the time of the Mosleyites /Blackshirts. The story is the saga of two well off families who each live in mansions set on the shore of a lake(?) in what was then Westmoreland (that part of Lakeland east of Windermere and now incorporated into Cumbria). They live close enough to keep in touch but not on top of each other. It is this shared Lake(?) which is frozen over. One may speculate which particular Lake the author had in mind: Grasmere? Wordsworth apparently skated on both Grasmere and Windermere and and by Googling you can find references to both locals and visitors enjoying this sport. Haweswater (further afield) is unlikely because at the time the story was set it was being converted into a reservoir for Manchester. Whatever the answer: it no way detracts from the story. The two families each assemble for Christmastide to enjoy skating over the holiday and discuss the individual family fortunes which are not unconnected with each other.

It was a time when many people looked back to 1918 (the end of WW1) as the main event in their lives. To us it seems a very long ago, but it is not that much longer a period of time since New York 9/11, an equally significant event.

I won't attempt to outline the plot, except to say that in addition to the range of emotions which the various family members feel for each other (mostly age disapproving of youth), there is also Mystery and Murder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Val Senior on 3 July 2013
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This book had me gripped from the first page - the introduction of the characters was intriguing and their complex relationships fascinating. An excellent read!
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