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The Frozen Shroud (Lake District Mystery #6)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  533 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Ravenbank, a remote community in England's Lake District, has been the scene of two mysterious deaths over the decades. In both, a young woman's corpse is found with a makeshift shroud covering her battered face. 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 ...more
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Patricia If you don't read the series in order, you miss a lot because there are complicated relationships that develop continuously among the usual…moreIf you don't read the series in order, you miss a lot because there are complicated relationships that develop continuously among the usual characters. Yes, it is possible to enjoy the books individually, but it is not the best way to go.(less)

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Jul 02, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the latest in Martin Edwards' Lake District series. In this episode, three women are killed at a remote estate over the course of a century, all in the same having their faces bashed in and then covered by a shroud, one five years ago before the current murder. The setting is well done as always with the lakes and fog becoming characters themselves.

I will say that I had a glimpse or two of the solution this time, which I don't usually do, a plot point that wasn't dealt with duri
Apr 16, 2014 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ravenbank is a small community on the shores of Ullswater in the Lake District. A faceless woman is reputed to haunt the place especially on Halloween. She was murdered a century ago but there was also a similar murder five years ago. Both crimes were apparently solved by the convenient deaths – one suicide and one accident – before the prime suspects can be charged. When history appears to repeat itself historian Daniel Kind, finds himself involved with both the past murders and the present one ...more
DK: He was dying, and it mattered little to him whether the story came out in five years or fifty. He settled for leaving it to be dug up by a researcher who shared his academic interests and had the time and inclination to wade through his journals.
HS: It's taken a long time.
DK: Unravelling secrets of history often does.
~Daniel Kind, Hannah Scarlett (p. 257)

The Frozen Shroud is the sixth book in Martin Edwards' Lake District mystery series. And it's good enough to me wonder what I was doing wit
Jun 10, 2013 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Edwards picked a tough subject to write about: three murders with the same appearance separated by 100 years from first to last.

Number 2 and 3 are both contemporary...they just don't make any sense, like regular murder.

He gave us a good look at the tiny community where all this takes place, but the people are pretty much unexamined. I think he needed fewer characters and more characterization.
Sally Williams
Obviously this author is pretty successful but I actually didn't finish reading this book. I found the plots and characters quite unbelievable and the dialogue very stilted - sort of a hybrid between Miss Marple and Midsomer Murders that just doesn't sound right in the 21st century. However I accept that others seem to love his work - just not me.
David Marshall
Jun 27, 2013 David Marshall rated it really liked it
Excellent murder mystery in the Golden Age mould, combining a historian to research an old murder with a police offer looking into modern copycat killings.
Aug 16, 2014 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frozen Shroud is the sixth and latest book in Martin Edwards Lake District series and, like the earlier books, is a blend of past and present crimes being. concerned with three murders spanning a century. All three victims have their faces smashed in and covered with a shroud. Quite gritty at times but no gratuitous violence and a good twist at the end.

I have really enjoyed this series. The pace is fast and the Lake District setting is brilliant. As well as good plots there are well drawn charac
Mike Gabor
Apr 26, 2013 Mike Gabor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-mystery
Another excellent addition to the Lake District Mystery series. Three murders spanning a century. All three victims have their faces smashed in and covered with a shroud. Historian Daniel Kind and DCI Hannah Scarlett from the cold case squad attempt to find the current murderer. There are plenty of suspects to choose from, the plot is excellent, the lead characters well fleshed out. The author's description of the Lakes District is very vivid. This is an excellent police procedural.
Nancy Adams
Jul 29, 2013 Nancy Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this English series, which takes place in Cumbria, featuring DCI Hannah Scarlett. In this one, I had guessed the murderer about halfway through the book, but that in no way lessened my enjoyment. Can't wait for the next installment!
Sep 03, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, very enjoyable! Some sadness, but the ending was happy. I just love all of the regular characters in the Lake District mystery series! Looking forward to book #7...
E Dietz
Have read all of the series so far , this one felt a little long winded and took awhile for the case to start
Charline Ratcliff
Aug 23, 2013 Charline Ratcliff rated it really liked it
I found crime novel/murder mystery “The Frozen Shroud” to be a fast-paced, action packed read. In “The Frozen Shroud,” the reader’s journey starts five years earlier on a cold Halloween night. Shenagh Moss and Miriam Park are gossiping about a young woman who was brutally murdered several years prior to the start of the First World War. While that murder was conveniently “solved” shortly thereafter by a suicide and its subsequent note, there are still the occasional speculations that someone els ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Prolific British crime writer Martin Edwards continues to bring his “A” game to the keyboard with the sixth book in his Lake District Mystery Series, The Frozen Shroud. In a style reminiscent of Christie, Edwards brings more red herrings to the table than the local fishmonger can supply. He keeps the reader guessing until the last pages, held in delicious page turning suspense, second-guessing the twist and turns of clues masterfully woven into the plot.

The Frozen Shroud begins five years ago wi
Jan 02, 2013 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Frozen Shroud is Martin Edward's latest offering from the Lake District Mysteries series, a series I've been meaning to read for quite a while. The Frozen Shroud is based around two historical murders in the remote fictional Lakeland village of Ravenback, and the events when a third murder happens mirroring the first two.

The novel is well written, with little touches, such as referring to a non-Cumbrian as an incommer, making it very realistic in its setting; a fact that I'm sure will please
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Cathy Cole
Jul 28, 2016 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin Edwards' rock solid Lake District mystery series has one of those will-he-won't-she relationships that are practically irresistible when the characters involved are as winning as historian Daniel Kind and Detective Inspector Hannah Scarlett. The two of them have been dealing with inappropriate partners, misread cues, and conflicting workloads for six books now. I'm happy-- but hesitant-- to report that there may be a light at the end of their tunnel.

It's not going to be easy. Daniel is ve
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5 stars

An engrossing English mystery, one of a series but functioning well as a stand-alone (and an introduction to the series), “The Frozen Shroud” encompasses quite a cast of characters—and three mysteries a century apart. In the very small village of Ravenbank, in the Lake District, a housemaid was murdered, battered to death, prior to World War I; her damaged head was wrapped in a shroud. Her ghost is said to walk the paths around the estate house
Jan 31, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frozen Shroud is one of those novels that plays with your mind. Just when you think you have everything figured out and you begin to expect something, it doesn't go at all the way you thought it would. As an avid mystery reader, I appreciated this greatly.

There were some places in this book where I felt there was a bit too much dialogue and not enough action, but they were thankfully brief. Also, the dialogue was very well written and was exactly like overhearing a real conversation, so that he
Sharon Mensing
Oct 28, 2012 Sharon Mensing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed this sixth in the series featuring historian Daniel Kind and detective Hannah Scarlett. 50 years ago there was a murder in a small enclave in the Lakes District,and five years ago there was what appeared to be a copy cat murder. Both murder victims were attractive young women who had their faces smashed in and then covered with a blanket. Neither murder was ever officially closed, since the prime suspects died immediately following the murders. However, recent events bring the status o ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards, another Net Galley ARC; Poisoned Pen Press; release date April 2. This mystery is the latest in his Lake District series.

A maid murdered before WWI, her faced battered, then covered, shrouded from view, has inspired a legend of the ghostly maid being seen every Halloween. In contemporary times, the murder of a young woman is attached to the legend because the woman's battered face was covered in a similar manner. And now, five years later, another Halloween a
Jul 20, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Daniel Kind and his sister are invited to a Halloween party in a remote part of the Lakes District, where the ghost of a murdered woman is said to walk. In fact, two women were murdered there on Halloween night--in the same way--over 90 years apart. In both cases, the murderer died immediately after, and no investigation was needed. The murderer also seems apparent when a third woman dies after the party, but since he's still alive, the police must investigate. Hannah Scarlett, head of the Cold ...more
Elizabeth Elwood
Martin Edward’s mysteries set in the English Lake District are always very atmospheric. The beautiful setting adds much of the stories’ appeal and the plots are usually intriguing, often with a reference to things that happened in the past. The author is fair in laying out the clues, so I usually find I can see where the plot is heading. This particular book made it very easy to spot the killer. However, I enjoyed the journey, because the writing was absorbing and the sense of suspense in the ea ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Noodles78 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to have been sent this as I had mentioned that I was going on Holiday to the gorgeous Lake District. I haven't read any of Edwards' books before but after this, I'll definitely have to try some more.

So, I started it just after I came back, as I thought reading about murders in a place that I was staying in, was possibly not the best idea. I loved coming across places that I had visited, the plot was taunt and well crafted and it made me think at every step the way.

I do have a
Aug 06, 2014 Lorraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys mysteries.
I do not think that I shall ever think of The Lake District as I did before I read this mystery! The Lake District is a wonderfully beautiful place, but now it will be spooky too! And what a grand setting for a mystery - Halloween! Having been to The Lake District a few times, I really appreciate its natural beauty, but this author used the natural beauty to greatly add to this mystery, and that is well done. If I am lucky enough to return to this extremely lovely place, I believe that I shall b ...more
The sixth in the series of Lake District mysteries starring Daniel Kind, a former Oxford professor of history, and Hannah Scarlet, a local police detective. This one involves three murders with the same M.O., but the first one was committed nearly 100 years ago, so they couldn't all have been done by the same killer. What is the connection between these murders? Count on the historian to research the first one and the detective to discover the current perpetrator. And in the meantime, will Danie ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the descriptions of the Lake District as well as the characters by this author. Daniel Kind finds himself involved with locals to try and solve a murder. Five years ago a woman was found dead on Halloween with her face bashed in and a shroud covering it. This murder was not solved at the time. A copycat murder of a young woman five years later on Halloween prompted the old murder case to be reopened. Many personalities and many possibilities for the murder suspect. Well written and kept m ...more
Ram Kaushik
Sep 17, 2014 Ram Kaushik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Reasonably interesting and well written mystery, but intensely irritating in some ways. I liked the historical background and the author is clearly really knowledgeable about history. Is it too much to ask for that both dci Scarlett and Daniel Kind not be personally involved with all the suspects, victims and murderers? Seems stretching the limits of credulity and coincidence. And by the end of the book, I really stopped caring whether these two got involved or not, enough with the darn personal ...more
Sherry Mackay
I haven't read any of the others in this series so I came to it blind. Surprisingly, considering there are multiple and grisly murders, infidelity, domestic violence, and romantic break ups, it is a bit uneventful. Well at least not particularly scary or heart rending. Surprising really! I am not saying I didn't enjoy it but I think I expected a bit more of everything- horror, fright etc. and I guessed the murderer well before the end. It is still an ok read, and whiles away a few hours so enjoy ...more
Patricia Gulley
Apr 05, 2013 Patricia Gulley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful trip to the Lake District with Daniel Kind and Hannah Scarlett. Though I have a tendency to guess killers early on, a true and well written Traditional mystery in the British style--as this book is--always keeps me reading enthusiastically because the clues, red herrings, and smooth, even-flowing prose makes me care a great deal in seeing how the author gets to the solution. I'm a major fan of this series.
Three murders, one at the turn of the twentieth century, one five years a
Joanne Gass
This is my first Lake District Mystery, and I think I may read some of the others when I don't have a lot of reading to catch up on. Frankly, it was okay, but I figured out who the murderer was way too soon, and I don't like that. I'm not in the business of trying to outguess the detective. Also, like too many mysteries these days, it has a bit of soap opera-ish quality which I could do without. But, I was entertained.
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Martin Edwards was educated in Northwich and at Balliol College, Oxford University, taking a first class honours degree in law. He trained as a solicitor in Leeds and moved to Liverpool on qualifying in 1980. He published his first legal article at the age of 25 and become a partner in the firm of Mace and Jones in 1984.

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