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The Frozen Shroud: A Lake District Mystery    by Martin Edwards order for
Frozen Shroud
by Martin Edwards
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Just before World War I, on Halloween, a young woman's frozen body is found with a piece of material covering her battered face. Since then, there have been reports of seeing her ghost (Faceless Woman) walking the fields and paths around the estate of Ravenbank each Halloween.

A copycat murder occurred five years ago, again on Halloween. Battered face covered with an old blanket. Now a third murder has happened. Battered face and blanket covering that poor, mutilated visage. Can't be the original murderer. Too long ago. But could the five year-old killing and the current one be connected?

Hannah Scarlett, head of the Cold Case Review Team, looks into the mystery. Helping her is a co-worker he happens to be her main squeeze also, but they prefer to keep that quiet.

A bonus of The Frozen Shroud is that the reader is treated to descriptions of the lovely Lake Country of northern England, as well as a look at an old mansion and its environs. Well worth the read. The plot takes an unusual turn with many characters to keep straight. Be vigilant. All of them play a vital part in the story.

Martin Edwards, author of The Frozen Shroud, is a prolific writer with sixteen crime novels and over 50 short stories to his credit. This novel is the sixth of the Lake District series.

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