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THE COFFIN TRAIL

Martin Edwards
Publishers: Allison & Busby
ISBN: 0-74908-320-4
2004

Martin Edwards biography by Chris High

With this, his first of a series of Lake District Mysteries, it is easy to see why there is a demand for Martin Edwards’s novels. Extremely well crafted, fantastically well paced and eminently plausible, this is a novel that should set the author’s name in stone as a standard others should aspire to.

The Coffin Trail - a book written by Martin Edwards - front cover.

The Coffin Trail
by Martin Edwards


The Coffin Trail centres on the accidental death of Barrie Gilpin and the brutal murder of Gabrielle Anders. Gilpin is blamed for her brutal slaying, but dies before being arrested let alone convicted. Years later, a childhood friend buys Barrie's old house and starts to ask questions that begin to rattle the natives and sets the cold-case squad headed by DCI Hannah Scarlett on the trail of a murderer.


The description of the area in which Edwards has set the novel is made familiar even to those who have never visited The Lakes, while his attention to detail with regards to its history is as admirable as it is interesting, though never over-played.

As loyalties past and present tear into the central characters, the reader feels each and every pull until at last their own allegiances are formed on an almost personal level.


This is an excellent crime novel that sets the scene for others in the series following in its wake.

Theakston's Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 2006

Please Visit the Ottakar's Website to vote for this book. Voting closes 14th July 06

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