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The Serpent Pool: A Lake District Mystery    by Martin Edwards Amazon.com order for
Serpent Pool
by Martin Edwards
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2010 (2010)
Hardcover
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

DCI Hannah Scarlet wants to bring justice to a dying woman. This woman's daughter was found face down in inches of water seven years before. Suicide? Unlikely? Murder? Probably, but who took this young girl's life?

Hannah has problems of her own with which to contend her partner might just be falling for the new assistant in his bookshop; a new sergeant is noted for causing trouble; and she once again falls under the spell of historian Daniel Kind.

To keep her mind off herself, Hannah has a murder to investigate. A book collector burns to death along with his extremely valuable collection. Another collector turns up missing after Daniel's sister claims she cut him with scissors.

All of this, in the telling, sounds like another ho hum mystery. Not so. The Serpent Pool will capture your attention from the get go and you will fall into the countryside of the lovely Lake District of England. Unfortunately, murder gives it an unexpected tilt.

Daniel is authoring a book about a brilliant ninteenth century English writer, Thomas de Quincey. The man was opium addicted, which was apparent in his writings. Somehow his strange obsessions seem to wreath themselves around Hannah's investigations. This is the fourth book in the Lake District series. Martin also writes the Harry Devlin series.

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