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The Frozen Shroud

(The Lake District Mysteries #6)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  709 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England’s Lake District, each time on Hallowe’en. Just before the First World War, a young woman’s corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost – the Faceless Woman – is said to walk through Ravenbank on Hallowe-en. Five years ago, another woman, Shenagh Moss, was murdered, and ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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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 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
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.
John McDermott
Combining one of my favourite genres - crime - with one of my favourite places on the planet - the English Lakes, I thought I would have been on a winner with The Frozen Shroud.
How wrong I was ! Dull writing , terrible dialogue and two of the most boring heroes in all of crime fiction !
Although, to be fair, one of the main character's - Daniel Kind - gets really tough and becomes a man of action and succeeds in cracking part of the case by visiting the Library!! Eh ! WTF!!!

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The Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards is the sixth book in the Lake District mystery series set in contemporary England. Historian Daniel Kind and his sister Louise are invited to a Halloween party in Ravenbank. He agrees to attend only because he's intrigued by the local story of a Faceless Woman ghost with two related murders: one woman was murdered in 1945, and one five years ago. In both cases, each prime suspect died soon after the murder, so the cases were considered resolved. A lengthy ...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
Apr 16, 2014 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 ...more
Jun 10, 2013 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.
David Marshall
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nancy Adams
Jul 29, 2013 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!
Have read all of the series so far , this one felt a little long winded and took awhile for the case to start
Sep 03, 2016 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...
Nicky Warwick
Book #6 in the DCI Scarlett series is a sad waste of a story.
It could have been good but it felt like half the book was taken up with her love life - now not just the will they/won't they get together of her relationship with Daniel Kind but also drunken fumbling with her DS & her ex turning into a stalker.
This, coupled with the amount of Lake District info (which at times makes it read like a tourist information booklet), sadly leaves very little space for the cold case investigation that
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an interesting and evocative setting, with lots of foggy nights and red herrings. I often had the impression that I was reading a slightly old-fashioned crime novel, along the lines of Sherlock Holmes or Miss Marple, with lots of discussions instead of big action. The scenes leading up to the party and the final murder introduced a lot of characters and I found it hard to keep track of who was who - I'm not sure if these characters have already appeared in previous novels or if they are all ...more
Peter Moyes
The Lake District is alive in this book. Ullswater is the scene, a favourite of mine and I'm happy to say that I recognised much of the descriptions. I also recognised the murderer when two deaths follow a pattern set in the early years of the 20th century. There is the usual angst of the detective swirling around in their own troubled life and the assistance of an amateur looking back with the historian's eye with potential for more than just friendship. A good read but not one that stretched ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great who done it for the month of October....leaves falling and over the lake district a grey mist is surrounding the rural wilderness.
Three murders on the evening of Halloween spread over many years!
Why here? who had the motive ?
Many leads and many get reading by the glow of a log fire, lock your doors, be safe! and enjoy.
Lynn Halliday
Not really my cup of tea. The story was pretty long winded and monotonous for my liking. The characters were fairly unlikeable and this read more like an Agatha Christie murder mystery rather than a modern day whodunit. I definitely prefer crime novels which are more centralised on the investigation carried about by the police rather than the day to day lives of the people caught up in the crime.
Hilary. Mccarthy
Another good read .The plot is fast moving and moves back and forward through time and murders.
I didn't see through the red herrings and was surprised as the story progressed .
These are not challenging books but have a solid plot and likeable characters .
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very good mystery and story
Eleanor Taylor
Found it very slow
Charline Ratcliff
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Apr 22, 2013 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
Jan 02, 2013 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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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
Cathy Cole
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2013 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
Sharon Mensing
Oct 28, 2012 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 ...more
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 ...more
Mar 05, 2013 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
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Martin Edwards’ latest novel, Gallows Court, was published in September. He is consultant to the British Library’s Crime Classics series, and has written sixteen contemporary whodunits, including The Coffin Trail, which was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize for best crime novel of the year. His genre study The Golden Age of Murder won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards, ...more

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