By Martin Edwards
Poisoned Pen Press, Hardcover, 9781590585931, 284pp.
Publication Date: February 2010
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DCI Hannah Scarlett is determined to uncover the truth behind Bethany Friend’s mysterious drowning in the Serpent Pool. But Hannah’s distracted by a new sergeant with a troublesome reputation, a new house, and new cause to doubt her partner--second hand bookseller Marc Amos. One of Marc’s best customers has been burned to death in the converted boathouse filled with priceless books. Then Hannah meets Louise Kind, sister of the historian Daniel Kind, who has just returned from America to work on a book about Thomas De Quincey and the history of murder. How are all of these elements related?
*STARRED REVIEW* “The juxtaposition of human relationships past and present, the interweaving of the writings and life of Thomas de Quincey with the contemporary plot, and the backdrop of England's Lake District, famous for its literary connections, make this an excellent choice for discerning readers who want an unusual and challenging puzzle mystery that will keep them guessing until the final pages. Wow!” --Library Journal of Serpent Pool
"...Edwards (Waterloo Sunset, 2008, etc.) provides a credible pairing of cozy and cerebral storytelling." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The musty, sedate world of old books provides the backdrop for a series of gruesome murders in Edwards's absorbing fourth Lake District mystery." -- Publisher's Weekly