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Murder in the Lake District


Blea Tarn, looking towards Langdale Pikes

It's a while since I've visited the Lake District but it remains a favourite location. The photograph on the left is of Blea Tarn looking towards Langdale Pikes, and was taken the last time we were on holiday in this beautiful part of the world.


So, as I love reading books set in places I know, I was pleased to discover crime fiction author Martin Edwards' Lake District Series on the recommendation of a friend.


The books feature historian and "incidental" sleuth, Daniel Kind, who has recently moved to the Lakes from London. There are currently 7 books in the series and I've read two so far, with Number 3 lined up!


Here's my review of the first book, The Coffin Trail, which I originally posted on Goodreads.


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A friend recommended Martin Edwards as an author ages ago but I've only recently got around to trying his books. I'm glad I did!

This is the first of his series set in the Lake District, a favourite place of mine. Daniel Kind, son of local detective, the late Ben Kind, has moved to the area with his girlfriend Miranda to escape the rat race.

The mystery of a murder going back many years, which Daniel's father investigated, has raised its head once more. The suspect, who died shortly after the murder and so was never formally charged or convicted, was a friend Daniel had hung around with while on holiday in The Lakes as a teenager. Daniel is convinced his friend was wrongly accused, but finds his desire to get to the truth stirs up local prejudice.

Daniel meets Hannah Scarlett, a detective and former colleague of his father and they establish a guarded friendship which the reader guesses could well blossom in future books.

The story is intriguing and the various characters are plenty to keep us guessing as to who is the real killer.

An entertaining read and nicely told. I look forward to reading more from Martin Edwards.






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