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Product Details

  • Series: Lake District Mysteries (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590588525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590588529
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,537,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'First rate - Edwards writes terrific crime novels' Marcel Berlins, The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

Twenty years ago, a teenage boy, Callum Hinds, went missing in England’s Lake District. His uncle was suspected of having done the boy harm and interviewed by the police. When he committed suicide close to his cottage in the Hanging Wood, everyone assumed it was a sign of guilt. But the body of the boy was never found.
 
Now his sister, Orla Payne  has returned to the Lakes and takes up a job in an atmospheric residential library, close to her father’s farm, the upmarket caravan park, and the Hanging Wood. She wants to find the truth about Callum’s disappearance, and--at the prompting of Daniel Kind--and, in a drunken call, tries to interest DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of Cumbria’s Cold Case Review Team, in the case.
 


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Martin Edwards is an award-winning crime writer whose fourth and most recent Lake District Mystery, featuring DCI Hannah Scarlett and Daniel Kind, is The Serpent Pool, published in February 2010. 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 and The Arsenic Labyrinth (short-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year award in 2008.) He 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. In addition he 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 16 anthologies and published eight non-fiction books, including a study of homicide investigation, Urge to Kill .In 2008 he was elected to membership of the prestigious Detection Club. In his spare time he is a partner in a law firm and blogs daily at 'Do You Write Under Your Own Name?'

Customer Reviews

Good plot, keep you hooked till the very end.
JDM
I love British Mystery Novels and with this, I've found a new great author.
Nancy J Balog
Lots of fun characters and wonderful plot and scenery.
Jane V Stephens

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Orla Payne, seemingly a bit whacky (or at least a tad drunk) jumps into a silo in the apparent belief that it will help her solve a mystery. Her body is later found buried in grain. The day before she jumped, Orla begged the Cold Case Review Team at Cumbria Constabulary to investigate the disappearance of Orla's brother, Callum Hinds, twenty years earlier, when Orla was seven and Calum was fourteen. Soon after Calum's disappearance (and the simultaneous disappearance of his uncle's pig), his uncle, Philip Hinds, hung himself in the Hanging Wood, an act widely viewed as an admission of responsibility for Calum's death. Although Philip was the last person known to have seen Calum, no evidence of Philip's role in Calum's disappearance was ever found. Hannah Scarlett of the Cold Case Review Team tackles the mystery with the help of historian Daniel Kind. As the story progresses, another person dies and someone turns up who appears to have a long-lost connection to the Hinds family.

Martin Edwards sets up the usual range of diversionary suspects, giving Scarlett and one of her detectives a chance to muck around in the lives of the upper crust Lake District residents. Some of the people they interview repeat information provided by others; the redundancy tends to slow the narrative flow. In fact, much of the story is carried by exposition and dialog; in the absence of action or significant conflict, the pace lags. If the lives and relationships of the wealthy family members fail to generate much interest, neither does Scarlett's life, despite her continual fretting about her failed marriage and her critical assessment of the men who happen into her gaze.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sah0048 on June 3, 2013
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Great book! For anyone who enjoys a mystery set in a beautiful location, you will surely love this! In fact, the entire Lake District series is great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy J. Green on January 27, 2014
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Pretty good story but the author stretched out the action. Every time an event took place we had the different characters sort of chewing over the events. In other words, a little action forward and then lots of rumination about the event that had just taken place. Could use some tighter editing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 12, 2011
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"The Hanging Wood" is a contemporary murder mystery set in the Lake District of England. Basically a police procedural by the cold case division of the Cumbria police (DCI Hannah Scarlettt), it is focused on the twenty-year old disappearance of a teenage boy. When the missing boy's sister pushes for a re-look at the case and then turns up dead herself, the case reopens like an extreme version of Pandora's Box as a large, complicated family faces its past with great reluctance and a fair amount of violence.

The book has a reasonably good plot and some interesting, if less than admirable, characters. The pace was a bit slow for me and the sheer volume of family members thrown into the story mix made it difficult to follow at times. This is a well-regarded series, so perhaps there are better episodes to start with? The ending of "The Hanging Wood" strongly suggests that there will be a sequel..
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Two decades ago teenager Callum Hinds vanished without a trace. The police investigation failed to find him. The case closed when the cops concluded the child was killed by his uncle in a murder suicide though they found the lad's body.

In the present, Callum's twenty-seven year old sister Orla Payne never believed her uncle killed his nephew and then himself. Needing closure with the truth and encouraged by historian Daniel Kind, Orla takes a position in a residential library to be near the Hanging Wood where the calamity occurred. At Kind's suggestion, she calls Cumbria Cold Case Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Scarlett to try to get her to reopen her sibling's investigation, but fails as her mind went fuzzy and the cop lost patience with her. Not long afterward, Orla dies from suffocation in a grain silo; that looks like a suicide. Feeling a bit guilty for ignoring the woman who called frantically twice just before her death, Hannah reopens the "solved" case with Kind assisting her

The latest Lake District police procedural (see The Serpent Pool) is an exciting past and present investigative thriller. The story line is at its best when the focus is on the Hinds family; on the other hand the subplot of Scarlett's personal life detracts from the case as that adds nothing but filler. Still readers will enjoy Martin Edward's deadly tour of the Hanging Wood.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia on March 18, 2011
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A young boy went missing many years ago. His troubled sister never stops looking for her vanished brother even though others find her obsession distressing and even a sign of mental illness. She meets a young man who might have the key to unlock her past but is he helping or hurting her? She breaks into her estranged, bitter father's farm, falls into his grain silo and dies. The interplay between upper and lesser classes plays out. Seemingly the only thing they have in common is wanting the investigation of boy's murder to stop. Local cold case detective Hannah Scarlet is too tenacious to accommodate them. She senses there's a connection between the sister and brother's murders. This is the first book I've read from Edwards and though this is a series it still stood up alone. Watch for his Trollopean sense of fun with his people and place names.

This review was based on an egalley provided by the publisher.

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