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After 10 years, Guy--a drifter with a taste for deception--has returned to Coniston in England's Lake District. A local journalist, Tony di Venuto, is campaigning to revive interest in the disappearance of Emma Bestwick, and Guy knows what happened to her. When he tips off the newspaperman that Emma will not be coming home, DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of Cumbria's Cold CaseAfter 10 years, Guy--a drifter with a taste for deception--has returned to Coniston in England's Lake District. A local journalist, Tony di Venuto, is campaigning to revive interest in the disappearance of Emma Bestwick, and Guy knows what happened to her. When he tips off the newspaperman that Emma will not be coming home, DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of Cumbria's Cold Case Review Team, re-opens the old investigation. Her enquiries take her to the Museum of Myth and Legend and to the remote and eerie Arsenic Labyrinth--a series of stone tunnels used to remove arsenic from tin ore. Meanwhile, historian Daniel Kind is immersing himself in the work of John Ruskin, whose neighbors created the Arsenic Labyrinth. A shocking discovery makes it clear to Hannah that there is not one mystery to solve, but two, and she turns to Daniel for help in untangling the secrets of the past. As Hannah and Daniel struggle to resist a growing but dangerous attraction, Guy's plan to make a quick buck runs into trouble, and he has to resort to desperate measures. Someone is determined to kill to keep their secrets safe. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District in winter, the novel depicts how passionate relationships can lead to obsession and murder....

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ISBN : 9781590583289
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Number of Pages : 294 Pages
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  • Anna
    2019-01-10 20:36

    This was a weirdly paced book. It didn't work for me to have been told who the murderer was a quarter into the book. It was almost as if the second and third corpses where thrown in at a later date because the writer/editor realised the book was boring due to such an early reveal. Meh.

  • David
    2019-01-16 16:15

    In theory I should love this series of books by Martin Edwards: they are set in the glorious Lake District, the principle recurring male character is a historian, Daniel Kind, and the series is much about the relationship between him and DCI Hannah Scarlett, one of his late father's female Police colleagues, as it is about crime. I have no particular interest in murder or probing the darker side of humanity, instead I generally turn to crime novels for their setting and because of an interest in the continuing life story of the investigators. Yet despite seemingly ticking so many boxes, and despite the fact I like these books, liking is as far as I get.Another element of crime fiction that I enjoy is not knowing "whodunnit", and hence being presented with a problem to try and solve. Perhaps one of the problems I had with this book is that until fairly late on there does not appear to be a mystery because we seem to have been clearly told who the guilty party was. However, there is actually a quite pleasing twist in that regard, so not even the apparent lack of mystery can account for my lack of burning enthusiasm.I suspect that what lets the book down a little is that some of the characters are more like Midsomer Murders style caricatures of English-types than the sort of fully-formed individuals one gets in the crime novels of, say, Susan Hill or Ian Rankin. Plus, both in this book and at least one of its series predecessors, there is an occasional air of seediness arising not from the criminal misdemeanours it recounts but from the rabbit-like proclivities of so many of the cast. Too much of that kind of thing can leave a book looking like little more than an airport novel.

  • Sharon Mensing
    2018-12-30 16:14

    There was too much going on in my life while I was reading this for me to stay completely focused on the mystery -- this took me too long to get through in spite of it being a fascinating story having to do with families and the heartbreak their dynamics and feuds can bring. Daniel and Hannah's relationship formed more of a core of this book than the previous ones, but that may simply have been that it was easier for me to focus on it than the mystery at this point. I continue to love Edwards' writing and the setting, as well as the bits of history woven into this series. I've only got one more in the series, so Edwards better get writing!!

  • Maggie
    2019-01-15 18:13

    Third in the series. As with the the previous two books, the main storyline has numerous twists and turns, while the ongoing story featuring Hannah and Daniel also moves on. And I love the references to the various locations in the Lake District and surrounding area - places that I know so well.

  • Patricia
    2019-01-17 18:32

    I loved the first two books in the Lake District murder mystery series. This is the third book in the series, and it was just okay at first, but I enjoyed it a lot more as time passed. The ending was very good.

  • Hilary. Mccarthy
    2019-01-20 18:38

    Another good read .The story works well with many twists and turns.The characters are well represented and lifelike .I really want to find out what happens to them .Not a demanding novel but a book worth reading and an easy read .

  • Sharneel
    2018-12-25 16:23

    Despite the lack of depth to the plot, I enjoyed this read mainly for the sake of the characters and the setting. The Lake District has its own appeal, and, having read some of this series, I am growing familiar with the characters. Daniel Kind is one that I have developed an affinity. The terrain is very alien to my mind, but it adds interest and sets a tone for the stories. An easy, leisurely read. Miranda is annoying. Hannah is just okay. Female characters seem a bit roughly drawn.

  • Sheila
    2018-12-23 16:34

    Has a killer returned to the Lake District? It is up to DCI Hannah Scarlett and her team to catch him.

  • Mary Gilligan-Nolan
    2019-01-21 18:29

    Another cold case for DCI Hannah Scarlett, in the third instalement of this Lake District series. Also, once again featuring Daniel Kind, the ex Oxford Don, who has given up his life and job to settle in an area he visited as a child and in which his policeman father lived until his death, Daniel is currently setting himself the task of writing a book on John Ruskin, with a lot of distractions. Hannah is looking into a cold case, both she and Daniel's father investigated without success, the disappearance of Emma Bestwick. No-one knows whether she simple walked out on her life of her own accord, or if she was the victim of an accident or murder. Then, when Tony Di Venuto, a journalist starts to write about the case on its 10th anniversary, someone who has seen his article, calls to say he knows what happened to Emma and where she can be found. The caller is "Guy", a confidence trickster who seems to make a living on getting women to part with their money in his favour and maybe, a spot of blackmail on the side. This story however, is not as straightforward as it seems, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the pace and intrigue up, right to the end of what was an enjoyable read. Hannah and Daniel are once again crossing paths, when Daniel's research leads him to the Arsenic Labyrinth in his research and an old murder is discovered hidden deep within the cave and also, deep within a family in the area. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to the next in the series.

  • David
    2019-01-01 13:40

    This is the third "Lake District" book by Martin Edwards. It was a struggle to even start this one after the abominable Cipher Garden, but I thought I'd try another and hope. Waste of time. I can't begin to imagine how this author was ever considered for awards - the plotting is often downright silly, the writing is atrocious at times - endless and pointless questioning by police. Overuse of inane phrases - I think at one time or another, just about every character in this book had the sun shining out of their 'Arse.' This series is ended for me.... May be someone else's cup of tea, not mine.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-16 12:24

    After 10 years, Guy--a drifter with a taste for deception--has returned to Coniston in England's Lake District. A local journalist, Tony di Venuto, is campaigning to revive interest in the disappearance of Emma Bestwick, and Guy knows what happened to her.When he tips off the newspaperman that Emma will not be coming home, DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of Cumbria's Cold Case Review Team, re-opens the old investigation. Her enquiries take her to the Museum of Myth and Legend and to the remote and eerie Arsenic Labyrinth--a series of stone tunnels used to remove arsenic from tin ore.Meanwhile, historian Daniel Kind is immersing himself in the work of John Ruskin, whose neighbors created the Arsenic Labyrinth. A shocking discovery makes it clear to Hannah that there is not one mystery to solve, but two, and she turns to Daniel for help in untangling the secrets of the past. As Hannah and Daniel struggle to resist a growing but dangerous attraction, Guy's plan to make a quick buck runs into trouble, and he has to resort to desperate measures. Someone is determined to kill to keep their secrets safe.Set against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District in winter, the novel depicts how passionate relationships can lead to obsession and murder. Very good.

  • Jack Chapman
    2019-01-19 14:17

    It's a very English detective story - not only because of the setting but because the approach is decidedly un-sensational and restrained. Eschewing many of the tricks of surprise and mystification that writers of this genre usually hope for, Martin Edwards puts the reader ahead of the detectives for the whole first half of the book in knowing 'who did it'. Nor can it be said that any of the characters are in the mould of extreme aberrations that some writers throw at us for the sake of sensation. The heroes and villains are quite straightforward personalities - there's a little eccentricity but no more than we might encounter in real life. Despite this The Arsenic Labyrinth is a compelling if unchallenging read, well constructed, likable characters with a human face and a ramp-up of the action in the second half of the story that keeps the narrative from flagging. Good holiday or bedtime reading, it's the second in a series and I'd recommend starting with the first called 'The Coffin Trail'.

  • Claire Futrell
    2019-01-07 12:12

    This was the first book I read by Martin Edwards, and even being the third in a series, this story stands alone well.I spotted this book in the library. I know you aren't meant to judge a book by it's cover, but the title and the art grabbed my attention. I picked it up and flipped to a random page, just for a taste of the writing style, and decided quickly that it was worth a read.I looooove Martin Edward's writing. It reminds me a bit of Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child when they write together. He did a good job of describing the Lakes and the characters, but it wasn't overkill. As far as keeping me guessing until the very end, this book was perfect. I never knew which characters to trust along the way.Also, his character development is admirable. Even the ones who are less than good/moral are somehow very likable, especially Guy.This was a moderately quick read, especially if you can't put it down!

  • Nikki
    2019-01-17 18:15

    I can't get enough of this series and (in spite of all the other books I have on hand) will probably need to get hold of the next book very soon. Historian Daniel Kind and policewoman Hannah Scarlett are both involved with other people, but feel a growing attraction that may be more than friendship. A newspaperman's tip suggests that a woman who disappeared some years before may be found near the Arsenic Labyrinth, an area that mined arsenic in Victorian times. When two bodies are discovered, obviously from different times, Hannah and Daniel use all their investigative and historian skills to figure out who is responsible. It's a very tangled web and the story is hard to put down. Highly recommended.

  • Denise
    2019-01-14 14:34

    An amazing readThe third in the series, definitely getting better the more I read, the little twists and turns of the main characters and their deeds. A good, enjoyable experience.Would've liked a more descriptive narrative involving the stunning area that the books are set in...Apart from that little niggle, enjoyed the style of writing and the storyline.Well done Martin..now onto the next one.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-13 14:24

    I am so enjoying this series. Just what the doctor ordered for after digging out after the latest snow storm (NJ). This time, Hannah is trying to solve a 10 year old missing persons case but ultimately ends up with more bodies than missing persons! I did not enjoy this installment as much as the others - it seemed to take forever to solve the mystery and then it was all over in a snap and felt a little rushed. Some series loose ends are tied up a bit and as usual there is interesting history a la John Ruskin and the requisite small-town gentry-wannabe.

  • Kate
    2019-01-02 14:39

    enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing. I love the descriptions of the Lake District which I have visited several times and it is as beautiful as the author describes. Another thing that I like about these books is the gradual progression of the life of the characters. It is interesting to see their development as people and their various relationships with the other characters. You can see them grow in the books.

  • Rosie
    2018-12-25 12:39

    I didn't enjoy the mystery part of this one as much but not entirely sure why as it was as well written as the previous ones. just didn't capture my imagination the same. However I have given it the same rating as previous books because I continued to enjoy learning about the main characters, seeing how things progress and the authors ability to portray a difficult subject and not over dramatize it.

  • Melissa Darnold
    2018-12-28 16:30

    This addition to The Lake District Mysteries is wonderful. I very much enjoyed this con-man and his side-story of seducing the B&B woman out of everything she owned. I rooted for her to snap out of it, but alas. Such is life. On the A Plot, we've got our handy main guy, Daniel, trying to figure out life and where he lies in regards to Hannah. Personally, they're my ship and I'll go down with it. A very nice sit-in-a-comfy-chair-and-read kind of a mystery.

  • Monica
    2018-12-28 12:39

    Another cold case in the Lake District...and DCI Hannah Scarlett is delving into the past. With historian Daniel Kind not far behind. Enter into the scene further characters from the first two books in the series...and you have another good, solid mystery. I like the way Martin Edwards writes: clear and crisp. The mystery to solve is full of secrets from the past, brought into the future for Hannah to unravel. Enjoying this series and looking forward to the next book.

  • Matthew Ogborn
    2019-01-08 14:38

    Martin's Lake District series really does do the area and modern crime writing justice. The new characters in this latest book are vividly rendered again, while the structure of the book with Guy's story was a refreshing take on the genre. The fractures in Daniel and Hannah's relationships also give the book spice

  • Mandy
    2018-12-26 14:14

    3rd December.I am up to CD 4 of this audio book.9th December.Just completed this story. Realsied after starting this audio book that I had, in fact previously read this one, but not remembered it from the title or synopsis. It is a good yarn, but felt the ending really isn't quite up to the standard of the rest of the plot.

  • Sophie Cashdollar
    2019-01-08 16:34

    Best one yetThe more books I read in Martin Edwards Lake District series,the better I like them. The character development has more and more depth Hannah is a very believable and sympathetic police inspector who has a complicated and interesting personal life,especially so in this novel

  • Terri
    2019-01-02 19:12

    Here's another re-read..but didn't enjoy it much. The story seems to meander all around, and is a bit dry reading. Have read others in this series, don't believe I've really liked any of them, but keep picking them up at the library because the characters seem familiar.

  • Jason Payne
    2019-01-21 18:26

    The weakest of the three in the series thus far, at least in terms of the mystery to be solved. On the other hand, Edwards continues to do well with the Lake District setting and, above all, at how he mirrors the pace of Lake District life through the languid pace of the storytelling.

  • Tim Laven
    2019-01-14 15:24

    Well if you want a Whodunit than this is certainly the book to read - so many possibilities as to who performed the crime....If that is what you want?It was a great story to read but... too much for me and I didn't care who was the criminals in the end...

  • Elle
    2018-12-28 18:34

    A very engrossing read. If you like Minette Walters, P.D. James and Ruth Rendell, you'll like this almost-cozy British mystery. Wonderful characterizations and complexity. I just ordered this author's other previous mysteries to read, "The Cipher Garden" and "The Coffin Trail."

  • Susan
    2018-12-26 17:41

    The strands of this book didn't quite gel ....but....great setting in the Lake District, interesting combination of a police detective and a historian interested in Ruskin, clever plot twists, and a fairly clued solution that surprised me.

  • Christine
    2019-01-16 12:38

    For some reason I just couldn't get in to this book. I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them, but this one just didn't work for me. I'm not sure why. I still plan to read the next two books in the series.

  • Caroline
    2019-01-11 15:21

    Liking this series. Easy reads and the characters are compelling.