Search Results: "Martin Edwards"


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GUILTY PARTIES by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Though Johnston's story is the standout, the others are never less than professional and surprisingly varied, even when they're working the very same conventions."
This year's collection of two dozen new stories by members of the Crime Writers' Association (Guilty Consciences, 2012, etc.) shows just how far familiar recipes will take the contributors—and when they need to go the extra mile.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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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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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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PAST CRIMES by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Top marks for ingenuity go to Myers and Edwards; honors for literacy and atmosphere are shared among all comers."
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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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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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 >

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THE SERPENT POOL by Martin Edwards
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >