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The Coffin Trail (Lake District Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Oxford historian and TV personality Daniel Kind and his new lover, Miranda, both want to escape to a new life. On impulse they buy Tarn Cottage in Brackdale, an idyllic valley in the Lake District that Daniel knew as a boy. He is still fascinated by a place so remote that the dead had to be carried out over the peaks on pack animals along the ancient Coffin Trail. Though the couple hope to live the dream of downshifting, the past has a way of catching up.
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The Coffin Trail (Lake District Series #1)

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Overview

Oxford historian and TV personality Daniel Kind and his new lover, Miranda, both want to escape to a new life. On impulse they buy Tarn Cottage in Brackdale, an idyllic valley in the Lake District that Daniel knew as a boy. He is still fascinated by a place so remote that the dead had to be carried out over the peaks on pack animals along the ancient Coffin Trail. Though the couple hope to live the dream of downshifting, the past has a way of catching up.
Tarn Cottage was once home to Barrie Gilpin, an autistic youth suspected of a savage murder—what looks like the ritualistic killing of a young woman visitor to the valley. She was found laid out on the Sacrifice Stone, an ancient pagan site up on the fell. Barrie fell to his death near the crime scene before he could be questioned. All these years later, Daniel retains his belief in Barrie’s innocence and questions his own policeman father’s handling of the case. When DCI Hannah Scarlett and her squad launch a cold case review, Brackdale’s skeletons begin to rattle….
The wild geography of the Lakes District plays against local literary references, all backdrop to the lives of villagers and outsiders drawn to this beautiful spot…but for what reasons? The Coffin Trail launches a new series by a master British hand.
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Editorial Reviews

The Sunday Telegraph - Susanna Yager
"A clever psychological thriller."
I Love A Mystery
"The picturesque qualities of Northern England's touristy area are fabulously described, and make a superior scenic backdrop for this otherwise dark tale of labyrinthine convoluted relationships and secrets galore, all waiting to be unearthed by skilled scavengers..." --I Love a Mystery
Book list
"The author...has crafted a poignant mystery: atmospheric, haunting, and so tactile you can almost smell the moist air." --Booklist
Publishers Weekly
"Edwards's book is an interesting fair-play puzzler that will engage fans who like their contemporary crime in an English village setting."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615950522
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2011
  • Series: Lake District Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 129,043
  • File size: 661 KB

Meet the Author

Martin Edwards has published 12 novels, including eight featuring Harry Devlin and three Lake District Mysteries. He has twice been short-listed for a CWA Dagger and ‘The Coffin Trail’ was short-listed for the Theakston’s prize for best crime novel of 2006. He has edited 16 crime fiction anthologies, written a book about homicide investigation, and completed the late Bill Knox’s last novel. A well-known reviewer and commentator on the genre, he has contributed to several reference volumes as well as writing seven books on business subjects, and many of his articles appear on his website, www.martinedwardsbooks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Distrcit 1

    Is here. Noah, a child of adistrict 1, watched his home

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    This being my 2nd Lake District Mystery I did not know what to e

    This being my 2nd Lake District Mystery I did not know what to expect, I was extremely impressed. The Coffin Trail was I believe the first book in the series and it was not repetitive it could be a stand alone book. This was a new storyline with a new murder when Daniel Kind met Hannah and learned about his father. Still being a part of a series you had no trouble following or feeling confused because you went out of order. I can not wait to get more of the Lake District Mystery books. Wonderful!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent crime thriller

    Miranda persuades her lover Oxford historian and TV host Daniel Kind to leave the school that she insists is stifling him and she would quit her detestable job so that they can relocate and move in together. She further convinces Daniel to buy notorious Tarn Cottage in a relatively isolated Lake District Valley. Daniel is familiar with Tarn Cottage once home to Asperger¿s syndrome sufferer Barrie Gilpin, whom he knew........................ Barrie was suspected by the police led by Daniel¿s father of a violent ritual murder, but before he was questioned he fell to his death. Daniel has solved mysteries on his TV show using Holmesian logic and always felt that Barrie was innocent. Additionally, Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Scarlett has reopened this cold case because of a recent anonymous tip. Although Hannah and her team do not want Daniel interfering, he also makes inquiries as he plans to prove Barrie was innocent. The two adjoining investigations upset several residents of Brackdale, who want their dirty laundry left hidden from view.............................. Although coincidence is over-killed to bring the son and the protégé in competition, readers will appreciate this fine amateur sleuth police procurable rivalry in which the who-done-it is cleverly devised. The story line is fun to follow as Daniel and Hannah employ similar methods as both learned from his dad. They also share in common the fear that their teacher bungled this case when he bet on Barrie exclusively. Miranda adds just the right additional touch so that the audience obtains a strong mystery that tracks THE COFFIN TRAIL, the path the dead are taken on to leave the isolated valley for burial............................. Harriet Klausner

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