Books by Martin Edwards

THE FROZEN SHROUD by Martin Edwards
Released: April 2, 2013

"The ensuing investigation is more routine than usual for the detecting pair (The Hanging Wood, 2011, etc.), but Edwards does an impressive job of linking the three murders across the long years."
A trio of murders spanning nearly a century poses an unusual challenge for DCI Hannah Scarlett of the Cumbria Constabulary's Cold Case Review Team—especially since one of the corpses is anything but cold. Read full book review >
GUILTY CONSCIENCES by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2012

"The one cavil: very few guilty consciences on display here. Ah, that's England."
Seventeen mostly new, and veddy British, stories from the Crime Writers' Association (Original Sins, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 15, 2011

"If you can accept his extravagantly improbable premise, Edwards (The Hanging Wood, 2011, etc.) spins a rattling good yarn, rich in incident and plot twists both unforeseeable and all-too-foreseeable."
A London lawyer turned writer whose friend was murdered before his eyes before he could reveal a terrible secret crosses swords with a woman hiding a terrible secret. Read full book review >
THE HANGING WOOD by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2011

Hannah Scarlett's Cold Case Review Team has exactly one week to solve a 20-year-old mystery.

For someone who wants justice for her long-vanished brother Callum, Orla Payne is distressingly inefficient. Read full book review >

ORIGINAL SINS by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2011

"Though it lacks the originality or sinfulness of the best recent American collections, hard to beat for story-by-story enjoyment."
Veteran author/editor Edwards (Past Crimes, 1999, etc.) collects 18 new English stories that mostly manage to shine even though they have little to do with the announced emphasis on original sin. Read full book review >
THE SERPENT POOL by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Apart from an over-the-top denouement, Edwards (Waterloo Sunset, 2008, etc.) provides a credible pairing of cozy and cerebral storytelling."
The spirit of Thomas De Quincey hovers over a Lake District murder case. Read full book review >
WATERLOO SUNSET by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 1, 2008

"Edwards, ever the professional (The Arsenic Labyrinth, 2007, etc.), plots densely but lucidly and includes a surprisingly logical killer whose motive is perhaps just a mite obscure."
Welcome to your new offices. You're going to die within the week. Read full book review >
THE ARSENIC LABYRINTH by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"Ambitious, nuanced and brimful of Lake Country atmosphere—Edwards always gives top value—but cluttered with coincidences and some truly incredible revelations."
An anonymous tip reopens a decade-old disappearance for DCI Hannah Scarlett's Cold Case Review Team. Read full book review >
THE TRINITY CAT by Ellis Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2006

"Though Peters (1913-95) disclaimed any special expertise in short fiction, the evidence here is varied and beautifully written, with particular attention to bringing even minor characters to life."
Fifteen tales of mystery and melodrama, all but four of them from the years before Peters, née Edith Pargeter, took the medieval mystery to bestselling new heights (Brother Cadfael's Penance, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CIPHER GARDEN by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Edwards (Eve of Destruction, 1998, etc.) expertly scatters clues to an ugly series of surprises in the quiet manner of Peter Robinson and the early P.D. James. English village life, as they're always saying, will never be the same."
Historian Daniel Kind has left the BBC, but he can't shake loose of unsolved murders that have baffled the Cumbria Constabulary. Read full book review >
PAST CRIMES by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

The theme for this year's offering (Perfectly Criminal, 1997, etc.) of 16 nearly-new stories from the Crime Writers' Association (the only reprint is Ruth Rendell's 1994 "Expectations") is historical crime. Read full book review >

EVE OF DESTRUCTION by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Though Liverpool solicitor Harry Devlin's making his first appearance on this side of the pond, he's already had too much experience defending lowlifes like teenaged car-thief Shaun Quade to accept the tale that Steven Whyatt tells him. Read full book review >

PERFECTLY CRIMINAL by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1997

Only the Crime Writers Association, with its ties to the long tradition of ironic British understatement, would ever have sponsored an entire anthology of perfect-crime stories. Read full book review >