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Edwards, Martin 1955-

Works: 155 works in 606 publications in 2 languages and 23,399 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Short stories  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Bio-bibliography  Suspense fiction  Legal stories  Christmas stories  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6055.D894, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Martin Edwards
The serpent pool by Martin Edwards( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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, SCI Hannah Scarlett of the Cold Case Squad re-opens the case.-- Publisher's description
The arsenic labyrinth by Martin Edwards( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After 10 years, Guy--a drifter with a taste for deception--has returned to Coniston in England's Lake District. A local journalist, Tony di Venuto, is campaigning to revive interest in the disappearance of Emma Bestwick, and Guy knows what happened to her. When he tips off the newspaperman that Emma will not be coming home, DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of Cumbria's Cold Case Review Team, re-opens the old investigation. Her enquiries take her to the Museum of Myth and Legend and to the remote and eerie Arsenic Labyrinth--a series of stone tunnels used to remove arsenic from tin ore. Meanwhile, historian Daniel Kind is immersing himself in the work of John Ruskin, whose neighbors created the Arsenic Labyrinth. A shocking discovery makes it clear to Hannah that there is not one mystery to solve, but two, and she turns to Daniel for help in untangling the secrets of the past. As Hannah and Daniel struggle to resist a growing but dangerous attraction, Guy's plan to make a quick buck runs into trouble, and he has to resort to desperate measures. Someone is determined to kill to keep their secrets safe. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Lake District in winter, the novel depicts how passionate relationships can lead to obsession and murder
The hanging wood by Martin Edwards( Book )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Twenty years ago, a teenage boy, Callum Hinds, went missing in England's Lake District. His uncle was suspected of having done the boy harm and interviewed by the police. When he committed suicide close to his cottage in the Hanging Wood, everyone assumed it was a sign of guilt. But the body of the boy was never found. Now his sister, Orla Payne, who never believed in their uncle's guilt, has returned to the Lakes, and takes up a job in an atmospheric residential library, close to her father's farm, the upmarket caravan park where her step-father works, and the Hanging Wood. She wants to find the truth about Callum's disappearance, and'at the prompting of Daniel Kind'and, in a drunken call, tries to interest DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of Cumbria's Cold Case Review Team, in the case. Hannah is reluctant, leading Orla to demand whether she cares about justice. Hannah does care, and when Orla dies in strange and shocking circumstances, she determines to find the truth about what happened to Callum'and to Orla. Hannah's investigation brings her back into contact with Daniel, while she tries to resolve her troubled relationship with bookseller Marc Amos. But their personal lives have to be put on hold when another death occurs, and Hannah finds herself racing against time to prevent a shocking murder as the past casts long shadows on the sunlit landscape of the Lakes
The cipher garden by Martin Edwards( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Years after Warren Howe is killed by a hooded visitor bearing a scythe in his garden in Old Sawrey, a village in England's Lake District, an anonymous tip leads DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of the local Cold Case Review Team, to reopen the unsolved case, one that leads to another brutal murder and that will transform Hannah's life forever
The coffin trail by Martin Edwards( Book )

20 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Purchasing Tarn Cottage in remote England's Lake Dristrict, Oxford historian Daniel Kind and his lover Miranda find evil of the past intruding when memories of a ritualistic murder, the death of the alleged killer--who once lived in Tarn Cottage--and DCI Hannah Scarlet's into the cold case threaten to reveal dangerous old secrets
The frozen shroud by Martin Edwards( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England's Lake District, each time on Halloween. Just before the First World War, a young woman's corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost - the Faceless Woman - is said to walk through Ravenbank on Halloween. Five years ago, another woman, Katya Moss, was murdered, and again her face was covered to hide her injuries. Daniel Kind, a specialist in the history of murder, becomes fascinated by the old cases, and wonders whether the obvious suspects really did commit the crimes. He spends Halloween at a party in Ravenbank - only to find death returning to this beautiful but isolated spot. Once more, the victim is a woman, once more her damaged face is shrouded from view
The golden age of murder : the mystery of the writers who invented the modern detective story by Martin Edwards( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A real-life detective story, investigating how Agatha Christie and colleagues in a mysterious literary club transformed crime fiction, writing books casting new light on unsolved murders whilst hiding clues to their authors' darkest secrets."--Publisher's description
Waterloo sunset by Martin Edwards( Book )

16 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 704 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harry Devlin receives a fake newspaper notice announcing his death on Midsummer's Eve. Subsequent threatening messages lead him to take the less-than-a-week deadline seriously
The Dungeon House by Martin Edwards( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The magnificent Dungeon House and gardens overlook Cumbria's remote western coast. Twenty years ago the wealthy Whiteleys called it home. But not a happy one. Malcolm Whiteley had begun to disintegrate under financial and emotional pressures as he suspected various men in their social circle of being his wife's lover. After a disastrous party, Lysette told Malcolm their marriage was over. An old Winchester rifle he had been hiding was at hand... Fast forward to today, Hannah Scarlett's cold case team is investigating a couple of disappearances, now doubts arise about what really happened at the Dungeon House all those years ago
All the lonely people by Martin Edwards( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All the Lonely People was the curtain-raiser to a successful nine-book series featuring Liverpool solicitor Harry Devlin. Devlin finds himself number one suspect in a murder case that is far too close to home. The victim is his estranged wife, Liz, who is found murdered in a dingy alleyway. Determined to find her killer and prove his innocence, Harry begins a journey that takes him into the city's underworld and shatters forever his illusions about the woman he loved. Now beautifully presented in eBook format, avid readers of crime will love reading this gripping, well-written thriller
Suspicious minds by Martin Edwards( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Harry Devlin is at it again, when he's asked to help his client, Jack Stirrup, find out the truth of his missing wife's whereabouts. Harry is just beginning to unravel the details when Sitrrup's only daughter turns up missing as well. And there've been a number of rapes happening in the city lately by anonymously known "The Beast."--Jacket
Take my breath away by Martin Edwards( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lawyer turned writer Nic Gabriel is intrigued when his friend Dylan Rees starts to tell him a cryptic story about the connections between several strange and sudden deaths--he can't resist the invitation to meet up with Dylan and learn more. But at a glitzy party, before they've had the chance to talk, Nic can only watch in horror as his friend is murdered by a woman whom Nic recognizes as Dylan's ex-girlfriend--who committed suicide five years before. Stunned by the killing, Nic vows to discover the meaning behind his friend's enigmatic tale."--Page [2] of dust jacket
Deadly pleasures : a Crime Writers' Association anthology by Martin Edwards( Book )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects eighteen mysteries from members of the Crime Writers' Association, including Simon Brett, Christopher Fowler, and Peter Robinson
Murder at the manor : country house mysteries by Martin Edwards( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The English country house is an iconic setting for some of the greatest British crime fiction. This new collection gathers together stories written over a span of about 65 years, during which British society, and life in country houses, was transformed out of all recognition. It includes fascinating and unfamiliar twists on the classic closed circle plot, in which the assorted guests at a country house party become suspects when a crime is committed. In the more sinister tales featured here, a gloomy mansion set in lonely grounds offers an eerie backdrop for dark deeds
Murder of a lady : a Scottish mystery by Anthony Wynne( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Duchlan Castle is a gloomy, forbidding place in the Scottish Highlands. Late one night the body of Mary Gregor, sister of the laird of Duchlan, is found in the castle. She has been stabbed to death in her bedroom--but the room is locked from within and the windows are barred. The only tiny clue to the culprit is a silver fish's scale, left on the floor next to Mary's body. Inspector Dundas is dispatched to Duchlan to investigate the case. The Gregor family and their servants are quick--perhaps too quick--to explain that Mary was a kind and charitable woman. Dundas uncovers a more complex truth, and the cruel character of the dead woman continues to pervade the house after her death. Soon further deaths, equally impossible, occur, and the atmosphere grows ever darker. Superstitious locals believe that fish creatures from the nearby waters are responsible; but luckily for Inspector Dundas, the gifted amateur sleuth Eustace Hailey is on the scene, and unravels a more logical solution to this most fiendish of plots
Silent nights : Christmas mysteries( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strange things can happen at Christmas-- and these classic tales of crime and detection are much better for the digestion than yet another helping of plum pudding
The Sussex Downs murder by John Bude( Book )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two brothers, John and William Rother, live together at Chalklands Farm in the beautiful Sussex Downs. Their peaceful rural life is shattered when John Rother disappears and his abandoned car is found. Has he been kidnapped? Or is his disappearance more sinister? Superintendent Meredith is called to investigate - and begins to suspect the worst when human bones are discovered on Chalklands farmland. His patient, careful detective method begins slowly to untangle the clues as suspicion shifts from one character to the next
Death of an airman by C. St. John Sprigg( Book )

3 editions published between 1934 and 2015 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"George Furnace, flight instructor at Baston Aero Club, dies instantly when his plane crashes into the English countryside. People who knew him are baffled - Furnace was a first-rate pilot, and the plane was in perfect condition - and the inquest records a verdict of death by misadventure. An Australian visitor to the aero club, Edwin Marriott, Bishop of Cootamundra, suspects that the true story is more complicated. Could this be a dramatic suicide - or even murder? Together with Inspector Bray of Scotland Yard, the intrepid bishop must uncover a cunning criminal scheme."--provided from
Calamity in Kent by John Rowland( Book )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the peaceful seaside town of Broadgate, an impossible crime occurs. The operator of the cliff railway locks the empty carriage one evening; when he returns to work next morning, a dead body is locked inside--a man who has been stabbed in the back. Jimmy London, a newspaper reporter, is first on the scene. He is quick on the trail for clues--and agrees to pool his knowledge with Inspector Shelley of Scotland Yard, who is holidaying in the area. Mistrustful of the plodding local policeman, Inspector Beech, the two men launch their own investigation into the most baffling locked-room mystery--a case that could reignite Jimmy's flagging career, but one that exposes him to great danger."-- page [4] of cover
Eve of destruction by Martin Edwards( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new British mystery featuring PI Harry Devlin, a lawyer in Liverpool. He is asked to prepare a divorce for a businessman who recorded his wife's infidelity on tape. When the wife's lover is murdered the businessman becomes a suspect
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The serpent pool
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The arsenic labyrinthThe hanging woodThe cipher gardenThe coffin trailWaterloo sunsetAll the lonely peopleSuspicious mindsTake my breath awayEve of destruction