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Third novel in superb Lake District mystery series,
This review is from: ARSENIC LABYRINTH, THE (Lake District Mysteries) (Paperback)
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!