The Coffin Trail: A Lake District Mystery (Lake District Mysteries #1) (Paperback)

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Oxford historian and TV personality Daniel Kind and his new lover, Miranda, both want to escape to a new life. On impulse they buy Tarn Cottage in Brackdale, an idyllic valley in the Lake District that Daniel knew as a boy, a place so remote that the dead had to be carried out over the peaks on pack animals along the ancient Coffin Trail. Tarn Cottage was once home to Barrie Gilpin, an autistic youth suspected of a savage murder. A young woman visitor to the valley had been found laid out on the Sacrifice Stone, an ancient pagan site up on the fell. Barrie fell to his death near the crime scene before he could be questioned. All these years later, Daniel retains his belief in Barrie's innocence and questions his own policeman father's handling of the case. When DCI Hannah Scarlett and her squad launch a cold case review, Brackdale's skeletons begin to rattle. The wild geography of the Lakes District plays against local literary references, all backdrop to the lives of villagers and outsiders drawn to this beautiful spot-but for what reasons? The Coffin Trail launches a new series by a master British hand.

About the Author

Martin Edwards has published 12 novels. He has edited 16 crime fiction anthologies and written a book about homicide investigation. He is a well-known reviewer and commentator on the genre.

Praise For…


Martin Edwards writes terrific crime novels. - Marcel Berlins, The Guardian

"Edwards's book is an interesting fair-play puzzler that will engage fans who like their contemporary crime in an English village setting." Publisher's Weekly

"The author...has crafted a poignant mystery: atmospheric, haunting, and so tactile you can almost smell the moist air."  --Booklist

"A clever psychological thriller" Susanna Yager, The Sunday Telegraph

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590582084
ISBN-10: 159058208X
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2005
Pages: 286
Language: English
Series: Lake District Mysteries