Search Results: "Martin Edwards"


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THE STORY OF CLASSIC CRIME IN 100 BOOKS by Martin Edwards
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Even the most quarrelsome readers, their blood pressures duly raised, will take comfort in comprehensive indexes that list titles and authors that didn't make the top 100."
An "unashamedly idiosyncratic" checklist from prolific novelist/editor/genre historian Edwards (The Dungeon House, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DUNGEON HOUSE by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2015

"Despite the gap of all those years, Edwards works exceptionally close to his characters. So every complication he piles on so generously comes with a fresh sting, even if many readers will be left more bemused than challenged by this intricate puzzler."
In his seventh Lake District mystery (The Frozen Shroud, 2013, etc.), Edwards shows that a troubled local family can rename the Dungeon House as Ravenglass Knoll, but they can't erase its violent past or prevent a recurrence of the same fatal passions. Read full book review >

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

"They might give you ideas."
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 >

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THE CIPHER GARDEN by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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CRIMSON SNOW by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Just the thing for readers who crave a retreat from their own rounds of obligatory social events and a rationale assuring them that attending Christmas parties can provide quite a shock to other people's systems."
Indefatigable author/editor Edwards (Serpents in Eden, 2016, etc.), diving once more into the past, dusts off 11 mostly forgotten seasonal reprints from the golden age of the detective story. Read full book review >

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WATERLOO SUNSET by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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TAKE MY BREATH AWAY by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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RESORTING TO MURDER by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2015

"One truth emerges unchallenged: when English detectives go on holiday, they really do seem to relax a bit, or at least their creators do."
Fourteen reprints from England's golden age of detection (here, 1910-1953) show that although favorite sleuths may go on vacation, murder never does. Read full book review >

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GUILTY CONSCIENCES by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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SERPENTS IN EDEN by Martin Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A volume that may not persuade readers that there's menace in every meadow but certainly shows that English crime isn't confined to the Smoke."
Thirteen short stories, mostly written between the two world wars, reveal the dark side of life in the English countryside. Read full book review >

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THE ARSENIC LABYRINTH by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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ORIGINAL SINS by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >