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The Coffin Trail (Lake District Mystery #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  1,039 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
What is meant as a fresh start in the English Lakes District begins to reek of buried secrets.... 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 ...more
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Published January 31st 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2004)
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Apr 22, 2013 Durdles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I wanted to like this book having read some glowing reviews of The Lake District Mysteries. Perhaps it is a mistake to start with the first book of a series as there always has to be a lot of awkward scene-setting before the reader can relax and get on with enjoying the story. The whole of this volume seems to be taken up by an attempt to get the jigsaw of the characters into place in preparation for the next book. A good deal of back story is therefore woven into the plot which, otherwise, is f ...more
May 02, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently returned from a trip to England that included an amazing three days in the Lakes, I fully understand why people fall in love with the area. When Daniel Kind and his partner Miranda impulsively buy a cottage, I started to look at this as a how-to-guide. Okay, not really but the area plays a huge part in the atmosphere of the story.

This is the second in the series that I've read. I'm actually going to re-read The Arsenic Labyrinth now that I've The Coffin Trail. The characters are
Seth Lynch
Mar 13, 2012 Seth Lynch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This book was selected for the Isle of Man Crime Book Club read. I always feel I read the book s for this more harshly than I would if it were a book I’d selected myself. I had been thinking of reading a book by Martin Edwards as my future boss mention him in my job interview. He’s also coming to the Island on the 25th of June – If I am I’ll have to go a long to the Crime Evening he has organised. (as it turned out that was the day I left the Island so I missed this)

As for the book… It didn’t qu
Sep 02, 2012 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Kind and his new girlfriend have decided to leave their jobs and move to the country, to a country house that Daniel's childhood friend had lived in. Barrie, an autistic child, had been accused of the murder of a young woman whose body had been found on an old, archaeological sacrifice stone. Barrie could never be brought to trial because he had died that same night of the murder by falling down a ravine. Or was it more sinister?

Some lovely descriptive passages. One of my favorites was hi
This is a decent English mystery set in the Lakes district. There's nothing to make it stand out too much from many other books of its type.

The few interesting bits were
-the main male character's father left his mother when he was 11 or 12 for another woman. His mother was so upset that she made it exceedingly difficult for his father to see his son and daughter. The father, not wanting to make his children's lives part of the war between him and his exwife, gave up. Now the father is dead and
Shawna Millard
The book was tedious at times, meandering here and there with odd scenes that tended to distract the reader from actually wanting to finish the book. Daniel also lost credibility as a character by being not only hard to relate to but seemingly shallow some of the time while trying to convince us he truly has some depth due to previous trauma. Hmmmm.
Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
A mystery set in the Lake District, featuring historian Daniel Kind, who leaves his position as a historian at Oxford and relocates with his new partner Miranda to Brackdale, where he once spent his holidays as a child and met a friend there named Barrie Gilpin. Daniel’s father Ben left Daniel and his sister and mother when Daniel was young, Ben going off to live with another woman in the Lake District. Daniel is curious now to find out more about who his late father really was, what sort of man ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well I read this probably for all the wrong reasons! The Lake District is my little corner of the world and I was intrigued how a murder mystery was going to fit into a place with the lowest crime rate in the UK. The characters were pretty standard - a couple moving from high profile jobs to a rural idyll populated by misunderstood youngsters, farmers,obnoxious publicans with pretty bar staff etc etc.Couldnt believe there wasnt a vet lurking somewhere! However, Edwards padded out this rather fla ...more
Vicky Thomasson
I wanted to read this book as I absolutely love my holidays in the Lakes and I love a good crime read. To say I wasn't disappointed to begin with would be a lie. I found it quite slow to get into the actual story and found the character 'Miranda' to be highly irritating. Having said that, I did end up enjoying the second half and found Hannah and Daniel to be very likeable characters. I loved the twist at the end and will be picking up another book from this series when I go back to the Lakes in ...more
Sep 16, 2010 Charlotte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Eh. This entire series is about two people who are so clearly in the wrong relationships from the very first page that reading about their dumb love-life choices for a couple hundred pages just becomes annoying. Also, would a series of horrible murders really take place in a tiny town in the Lake District in England? I couldn't suspend my disbelief long enough to get invested. Which was too bad, because I liked the main characters when they weren't being doormats for their shitty significant oth ...more
Jan 16, 2012 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-crime
I just discovered this author via Kate Ellis' website. I am discovering so many great British Crime writers!! This is the first of a series based in the Lake district with good atmospheric writing, plenty of tension and a sharp twist in the tale. The writing is tight and moves at a good pace with plenty of characters around the crime to add interest. This is not as gentle as the Armand Gamache books as it is more sinister but without gore.
Svein F Hestvaag
My first Martin Edwards read, guess it takes a little time to get used to... whatever. Not impressed, but ready for another Lake District mystery anyway. Agter all, he shares his name with the former Man U chairman :-)
Steph (loves water)
This wasn't so bad. I started out not really liking the protagonists, but through some great character development, the author redeemed himself. I will most likely read the next in this series.
Patricia Gulley
May 29, 2016 Patricia Gulley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This whole series is fabulous. Read them all.
Cleo Bannister
Dec 04, 2016 Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, own, crime-series
The title has been chosen for the name given to the tracks which were used to transport bodies from the remote village to one with a graveyard. The symbolism of bodies being strapped to the horses for their final journey is one that resonates throughout this book.

As the book opens we meet Daniel Heard and his girlfriend Miranda buying Tarn Cottage in the fictional village of Brackdale on a whim while visiting the area for a short break. Daniel has tired in his role at Oxford University but it is
It would be unfair to excoriate this novel just because of its one-note, hamhanded depiction of women, as characters of all genders get short shrift. And true, it's only the two protagonists that get a hand-waving of interior life or individual motivations, but the difference between the way the male protag and the female protag are treated is a bit depressing. Ugh, yes, from page one you know that they're the romantic end game of the series (which seems to be proceeding glacially if reviews of ...more
Feb 11, 2017 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a complex plot, mixed characters and detailed setting that I know well, I enjoyed this easy read crime novel. Like most of the genre it depended largely on coincidences and the ending was a somewhat weird twist but it did seem to work. My main criticism was the excessive amount of dialogue, often telling the story and not showing it.
Kathy Smith
Jan 02, 2017 Kathy Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It moved along quickly with good character development. I would recommend this book.
Wendy Percival
Feb 19, 2017 Wendy Percival rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. Review to follow. Running behind with my reviews at the moment!

Anatomia di un caso freddo

Primo romanzo della serie Lake District Mysteries, IL SENTIERO DELLE TOMBE coinvolge subito il lettore in un clima di tensione crescente, generato dalla presenza, nella suggestiva ambientazione, di un atroce delitto, rimasto irrisolto. Daniel Kind, accademico oxfordiano, e la sua partner, Miranda, comprano un cottage in una vallata, sperduta fra le colline, con l'intenzione di sfuggire alla routine cittadina, ma evidentemente sbagliano zona, poiché sono luoghi avvolti n
Sue Brantigan
Jan 08, 2017 Sue Brantigan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1st in a series of Lake District thrillers, I'll definitely be reading the others
Dec 09, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had come across some good reviews for this Lake District series by Edwards. I like to start with the beginning to decide if I want to continue with a new-to-me author. I was disappointed with the first chapter - thought 'these people are fools'. But continued - and the prose, dialog, and characterization improved and smoothed out... the story was interesting and moved along relatively smoothly - but toward the end of the book, became kind of jerky, repetitive, and bogged to some extent - again ...more
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Mary Gilligan-Nolan
I am always on the look out for a new author and this one was yet another Goodreads recommendation. I am happy to say, this was a great read, just what I love in a book. The main story is about a historian, Daniel Kind, who goes to the Lake District with his partner Miranda and revisits a cottage he once knew in his childhood and finds it is for sale. They buy it on an impulse and decide to give up their City Lives and move to the Lakes. The Cottage was once owned by a boy Daniel befriended when ...more
Daniel Kind and his girlfriend Miranda impulsively buy a cottage in the Lake District, giving up their busy lives in London and at Oxford. Daniel has a past here; he lived in the small village until his father deserted his family, and while he was living there, he befriended Barry Gilpin, an odd loner near his age. Many years later, Barry was accused of a gruesome murder but died before his innocence or guilt was proved. Now Daniel and Miranda have moved into Barry's childhood home. To further c ...more
Jan 28, 2010 Ursula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 13, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Granted, there were some problems with the writing and the story. High Art it certainly was not. However the problems were small and I really couldn't bring myself to put this one down for long. I wouldn't call it a page turner, exactly, but I had such a good time reading this I moved through it more quickly than usual, stealing time here and there to squeeze in a chapter or two. The author did a great job with sense of place. He really pulled me into the Lakes to the ...more
THE COFFIN TRAIL (Amateur Sleuth-England-Cont) – Okay
Edwards, Martin – Standalone
Poisoned Pen Press, 2004- Hardcover
Daniel Kind and his lover, Miranda, buy a house in the Lake Country; a house once lived in by a boy accused of murder, who was found dead of an accident. Daniel's policeman father investigated the case, but Daniel never believed the boy was guilty. Now Daniel is asking questions and causes the police to take a new look at the murder. The locals are not happy, particularly when some
Feb 07, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I felt the author took way too long to kick the story into gear, there was good character development (perhaps to a fault), and once the plot got going it was a pretty good story. Not being a Briton, I'm afraid a lot of the book's British allusions left me saying "huh?" and wanting to do Google searches. At the same time, they did seem to lend a certain authenticity to the story, which takes place in the Lake District in northwest England. His descriptions of the countryside definitely ...more
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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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