Sunday, February 10, 2008

Pick of the Month - The Arsenic Labyrinth

The Arsenic Labyrinth by Martin Edwards (3rd in series)
Protagonist: DCI Hannah Scarlett and Historian Daniel Kind
Setting: Cumbria, Lake District, England
Rating: 4.0
Reading British mysteries is comfort food for me. And now I've found another author to add to my comfort list: Martin Edwards, who has written two mysteries series. This one, set in the Lake District, features DCI Hannah Scarlett and historian Daniel Kind and is a mix of the traditional British cozy and a police procedural. Hannah, assigned to the Cold Case Squad, re-investigates the disappearance of a woman 10 years ago in The Arsenic Labyrinth. We think we know who the murderer is -- after all, he confesses to us readers. But Edwards throws us quite a few twists and turns. And, of course, there's a growing spark between Hannah and Daniel, who both already have live-in partners. Although I haven't read the first two in the series, Arsenic Labyrinth didn't suffer for it (but now I do want to go back and read the first two). This is a wonderful read -- not only for the plot, but for the descriptions of the Lake District and the wonderful real-life characters.Luckily for us Americans, The Poisoned Pen in Phoenix publishes Edwards' books here.

Here's an interview of Martin Edwards:

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