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  • ISBN 1590585933
  • ISBN13 978-1590585931
  • Language English
  • Author Martin Edwards
  • Publisher Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Pages 284
  • Formats lit doc mbr lrf
  • Category Mystery and Suspense
  • Subcategory Mystery
  • Size ePub 1874 kb
  • Size Fb2 1144 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 482

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?

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The Serpent Pool," by Martin Edwards, is set in England's picturesque Lake District, home to such luminaries as Wordsworth, Southey .

The Serpent Pool," by Martin Edwards, is set in England's picturesque Lake District, home to such luminaries as Wordsworth, Southey, and Coleridge. The opening scene, however, is anything but bucolic. An unidentified perpetrator sets fire to a houseboat; the owner, along with his prized and extremely valuable library, is burned alive.

The Lake District's cold case specialist, DCI Hannah Scarlett, is determined to uncover the truth behind Bethany Friend's apparent suicide in the Serpent Pool. Why would Bethany, so afraid of water, drown herself? Hannah fears that her partner, bookseller Marc Amos, is keeping dark secrets.

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They halted close to the water's edge . This was their destination. This was the Serpent Pool. Martin Edward's Acknowledgments is the winning story of the Crime Writers' Association Margery Allingham Short Story Competition, 2014. Martin Edwards writes terrific crime novels about Harry Devlin, a charming but down-at-heel Liverpool solicitor with bruised emotions, a nice line in self-deprecation and a penchant for Mersey low-life' Marcel Berlins, Guardian 2 'The chameleon city of Liverpool has provided a dramatic background for Edwards' Harry Devlin novels, revealing itself in all its seediness and splendour' Val McDermid, Manchester.

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DCI Hannah Scarlett is determined to uncover the truth behind Emily Friend’s mysterious drowning in the Serpent Pool. Book in the The Lake District Mysteries Series).

General Mystery & Detective Books. The Serpent Pool : A Lake District Mystery. Chief Scientist Martin Edwards. This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. And here, six years ago, Bethany Friend's body had been found.

Seven years ago, Bethany Friend was found drowned in mere inches of water in the lonely Serpent Pool in England's Lake District. Was it suicide or murder?

Seven years ago, Bethany Friend was found drowned in mere inches of water in the lonely Serpent Pool in England's Lake District. Was it suicide or murder? Now, determined to win justice for Bethany's dying mother, DCI Hannah Scarlett of the Cold Case Squad re - opens the case. But Hannah has problems of her own: a new sergeant with a reputation for causing trouble, a new house close to the Serpent Pool, and new cause to doubt her partner, second - hand book - seller Marc Amos.

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Nenayally
I love how author Martin Edwards can weave together (1) a nuanced and compelling romantic triangle between Hannah, Daniel and Marc, (2) the glorious and sometimes creepy setting of England's Lake District, and (3) investigations into a fascinating cold case as well as one occurring in the present day. Every book in this series is consistently first-rate.

Even a description of setting like this one as Hannah hikes to the Serpent Pool tells you about her character:

The sky was bruised. Livid patches of yellow, with deep purple streaks. Hannah stood on the back door step outside Undercrag, staring up to the heavens as Marc strode off. The colours reminded her of the cheeks of a victim of domestic violence.

It only stands to reason that a seasoned police officer would see a sky like that and compare it to domestic violence, but even though it's indicative of so many facets of Hannah's character, it's the type of comparison few writers use. And as for characterizations, the Lake District should be listed in a cast list. It is an area rich in history and literature and atmosphere, and Edwards knows how to use it to create stories in which readers love to immerse themselves.

Wonderful characters, perfect setting-- and from its very heart-stopping beginning all the way to its shocking end-- an investigation that fascinates with every twist and turn. Although I had my beady eye focused in the right spots, I couldn't even begin to piece the conclusion together properly.

If you've never read one of Martin Edwards' Lake District mysteries, I urge you to do so. They're among the best to be found anywhere.
Darkraven
One of the unsolved crimes that always worried DCI Hannah Scarlett's former boss Ben Kind was the drowning of Bethany Friend in the Serpent Pool, a shallow lake not very far from where Hannah and her partner second hand bookseller Marc Amos now live. Bethany's death went down on the books as suicide, but Ben Kind always thought she had been murdered.

DCI Hannah Scarlett is head of Cumbria's Cold Case Review Team, but as so often happens, cold cases may have links to current ones, although these are not be obvious at first.

The shocking death of one of Marc's best customers, burned to death in a converted boathouse filled with priceless books, reveals connections between Marc and Bethany Friend, and Hannah wonders why he has never told her that he knew Bethany. The seed of mistrust, ever present in long term relationships, grows when Marc turns to an attractive colleague for solace. Just to complicate matters, Daniel Kind, Hannah's historian friend (and son of Ben) returns from overseas and gets in touch with Hannah.

THE SERPENT POOL is one of those stories is characterised by careful groundwork that then gathers breathtaking pace in the second half. I enjoyed the book very much. My rating: 4.8.

It is #4 in Edwards' Lake District Mysteries series, and while for those who have read earlier titles it is another very satisfying instalment, those who have not read earlier ones need not worry about whether they have missed too much of the backstory. I think Martin Edwards treads that fine line marvellously well. Those new to this series will find themselves hunting for the earlier titles. Among good news relayed earlier this year was that the first, COFFIN TRAIL, is being re-issued.
Nakora
"The Serpent Pool," by Martin Edwards, is set in England's picturesque Lake District, home to such luminaries as Wordsworth, Southey, and Coleridge. The opening scene, however, is anything but bucolic. An unidentified perpetrator sets fire to a houseboat; the owner, along with his prized and extremely valuable library, is burned alive. The victim "had no hope of salvation, no faith that it might be an easy death." The heroine, Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Scarlett, of Cumbria Constabulary, lives with a second-hand book dealer named Marc Amos. Three months earlier, they moved into a house that needs extensive renovations, but "the view was worthy of a picture postcard, with an acre of grassland cropped by dear on the roam...." Hannah and Marc are each obsessed with work, and neither one is in a hurry to make their relationship permanent.

Hannah, who is the head of the cold case review team, is reopening an investigation into the death of twenty-five year old Bethany Friend. Bethany drowned six years earlier in a place called the Serpent Pool, a body of water that is no more than two feet deep. There are those who believe that the high-strung and needy Bethany may have committed suicide, but Hannah finds this explanation unlikely. She decides to track down and interview everyone who knew the victim. Assistant Chief Constable Lauren Self, Hannah's petty and bureaucratic boss, is pressuring her to produce a quick result. In addition, Hannah senses that, for some reason, Marc is withholding pertinent information about Bethany. As she continues to pursue various leads, the detective begins to suspect that Bethany's demise may be connected to several other unsolved crimes.

This fast-paced and involving mystery has a diverse and lively cast, deliciously sardonic humor, and an absorbing plot. Hannah is a likeable and engaging heroine, who is intelligent, sensitive, curious, and tenacious. Marc is gorgeous and charming, but also a bit shallow. Other characters of note are Wanda Saffell, a libidinous and reckless widow, Daniel Kind, an Oxford historian to whom Hannah is attracted, Cassie Weston, Marc's good-looking and mysterious assistant, and Stuart Wagg, a ruthless and high-powered lawyer who is also an avid book collector. The lives of these people all intersect as Edwards adroitly brings the threads of his complex narrative together. The author's edgy subplot about the decadent Thomas De Quincey, who lived in the Lake District, satirizes our modern obsession with violence and sensationalism. "The Serpent Pool" is a smoothly written and suspenseful tale of greed, jealousy, and obsession. Martin Edwards leaves us satisfied and eager for the next installment in this engrossing series.