The Hanging Wood #(2020)
- Title: The Hanging Wood
- Author: Martin Edwards
- ISBN: 9781590588529
- Page: 385
- Format: Hardcover
Twenty years ago, a teenage boy, Callum Hinds, went missing in England s Lake District His uncle was suspected of having done the boy harm and interviewed by the police When he committed suicide close to his cottage in the Hanging Wood, everyone assumed it was a sign of guilt But the body of the boy was never found Now his sister, Orla Payne, who never believed in theiTwenty years ago, a teenage boy, Callum Hinds, went missing in England s Lake District His uncle was suspected of having done the boy harm and interviewed by the police When he committed suicide close to his cottage in the Hanging Wood, everyone assumed it was a sign of guilt But the body of the boy was never found Now his sister, Orla Payne, who never believed in their uncle s guilt, has returned to the Lakes, and takes up a job in an atmospheric residential library, close to her father s farm, the upmarket caravan park where her step father works, and the Hanging Wood She wants to find the truth about Callum s disappearance, and at the prompting of Daniel Kind and, in a drunken call, tries to interest DCI Hannah Scarlett, head of Cumbria s Cold Case Review Team, in the case Hannah is reluctant, leading Orla to demand whether she cares about justice Hannah does care, and when Orla dies in strange and shocking circumstances, she determines to find the truth about what happened to Callum and to Orla Hannah s investigation brings her back into contact with Daniel, while she tries to resolve her troubled relationship with bookseller Marc Amos But their personal lives have to be put on hold when another death occurs, and Hannah finds herself racing against time to prevent a shocking murder as the past casts long shadows on the sunlit landscape of the Lakes.
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Sisters, brothers and MurderA young boy went missing many years ago His troubled sister never stops looking for her vanished brother even though others find her obsession distressing and even a sign of mental illness She meets a young man who might have the key to unlock her past but is he helping or hurting her She breaks into her estranged, bitter father s farm, falls into his grain silo and dies The interplay between upper and lesser classes plays out Seemingly the only thing they have in com [...]
Reasonably entertaining murder mystery A few pinkish herrings along the way, a satisfying ending, and well written characters The author is keen to promote the Lake District but it isn t comfortably part of the narrative and is quite embarrassingly clunky in places If I was looking for a quick read, I might read others in this series but I don t feel compelled to hunt them down.
Another series I really love A cold case team, led by Hannah Scarlett and an ex Oxford Historian called Daniel Kind lead this series Daniel is researching his new book and has taken himself to St Herbert s Residential Library, on the grounds of the Mockbeggar Estate, where he meets Orla Payne who works in the library and hears her tragic tale of her brother, Callum, who at the age of 14 years, disappeared without a trace one Summer s afternoon, some 20 years earlier Daniel urges Orla to contact [...]
Greg Wharf s evolution is one of the many reasons why I enjoy this Lake District series so much Edwards characterizations are layered and as you re drawn into the stories, you come to realize how much you care for these people Daniel Kind and Hannah Scarlett are made for each other, but they re taking their sweet time in getting together, partly due in fact to Hannah s difficulty in ending her old relationship with bookseller Marc Amos And Wharf In so many other series, he would remain forever a [...]
This was a book whose premise seemed promising but that did not really impress me remarkably A young woman whose older brother disappeared when they were growing up tries to interest the police in re opening the investigation, but she s drunk and incoherent and wanders off to jump or fall or be pushed into her father s grain silo, which certainly gets the attention of the police The book has its sensitive, atmospheric, and funny moments, but seemed uneven and forced, with mundane details and enc [...]
I enjoyed Martin Edwards Harry Devlin series so when I saw this in the library I thought I d give it a go After a few pages I realised that I had read a previous book in this series but I could not recall what it was and I had to check to see that I had read The arsenic labyrinth in 2009 and had given it three stars but had not written a review The hanging wood has a decent plot and the person responsible for the crimes comes to a gruesome end There were several twists and this should have been [...]
This felt a bit hum drum to me The plot was ok, but some of the characters just seemed too one dimensional, not engaging, and made me not really care about them Martin Edwards is a good writer, but I think that the Lake District setting is too small, too parochial, and this limits plot and character development I got fed up with chippy Hannah Scarlett and wet Daniel Kind Time for me to move on, even if they won t Koplowitz 2014
Over the top I highly recommend the Lake District mystery series This is book 5, and I completely enjoyed it and am looking forward to book 6 with anticipation.
The Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards is the 5th book of the Lake District mystery series set in contemporary England DCI Hannah Scarlett is in charge of Cold Case Review Team in the Cumbria Constabulary It was a bit of a demotion or sidelining due to office politics, but she enjoyed finally achieving justice for victims whose cases had gone unsolved far too long Hannah has split up with bookstore owner Marc, enjoys her solitude most days, but almost succumbs to his pleas to resume their relationsh [...]
The Hanging Wood Lake District Mystery 5 by Martin Edwards Author 3.69 Rating Details 451 Ratings 58 ReviewsTwenty years ago, a teenage boy, Callum Hinds, went missing in England s Lake District His uncle was suspected of having done the boy harm and interviewed by the police When he committed suicide close to his cottage in the Hanging Wood, everyone assumed it was a sign of guilt But the body of the boy was never found Now his sister, Orla Payne, who never believed in their uncle s guilt, has [...]
Three and a half stars first Lake District mystery book and much, much darker than expected Numerous and gruesome murders past and present are involved but the recurring characters are well drawn enough that I will probably try another book from this series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery The characters are all well developed and the plot unfolds well to reveal clues along the way The mystery itself is interesting but a bit gruesome at the end Well written.
Excellent readYet again Martin takes you on a journey, not always the comfortable first class trip, but sometimes a bumpy, rough, basic trip, through the different characters along the road that becomes the lake district mysteries.
THE HANGING WOOD is the fifth book in the series by Martin Edwards which is set in the Lake District of England This is a story about families and how any number of commandments can be broken in 264 pages.Orla Payne has returned to the Lake District, the place where she grew up and where her family has very strong ties Twenty years before, when Orla was seven years old, her fourteen year old brother, Callum Hines, disappeared without a trace An extensive search was mounted but there was never a [...]
The most gory of the books as far as deaths are concerned, it really ignited the mystery and suspense of the book.
Twenty years ago, a teenage boy, Callum Hinds, went missing in England s Lake District His uncle was suspected of having done the boy harm and interviewed by the police When he committed suicide close to his cottage in the Hanging Wood, everyone assumed it was a sign of guilt But the body of the boy was never found Now his sister, Orla Payne, who never believed in their uncle s guilt, has returned to the Lakes, and takes up a job in an atmospheric residential library, close to her father s farm, [...]
This fifth in the Lakes District series was by far the weakest for me If I didn t already have a connection with the characters from previous books, I wouldn t have built one from this And if I didn t already love the setting based on the descriptive language in previous books, I would have felt as though setting was something this author didn t bring to life My least favorite aspect of this book was how dialogue driven it was The book starts promisingly, setting up a cold case for Hannah to sol [...]
I was lucky enough to be allowed to read this book from the publishers prior to it s publication via netgalley It s a story about teenager Callum Hinds who went missing and his Uncle was suspected of having killed him This caused the Uncle to kill himself Twenty years later his Sister Orla comes back to the Lake District to find out what happened to her brother as she doesn t believe that her Uncle would have harmed her brother She speaks to Hannah at the Cold Case team asking for her brother s [...]
Once again, Martin Edwards combines a cold case with a modern murder to bring historian Daniel Kind and police detective Hannah Scarlett together The Lake District setting is perfect within yards of each other are a farm filled with icky ways for people to die, an elegant residential library where Daniel is researching Thomas DeQuincey, and an upmarket caravan park what we d call a trailer park but much fancier , plus the ancestral home of the caravan park s owner s wife A young woman working at [...]
Martin Edwards is a completely new author to me and this is the fifth in the Lake District Mysteries however that should not deter anyone from trying this A well written detective story that keeps you dangling throughout, with just enough subtle clues and red herrings to keep you reading.The strength of Edwards writing is not so much in the storyline as the way the characters are fleshed out and developed The landed gentry having to marry into new money to keep the ancestral home in the family T [...]
This interesting British countryside novel started off strong, bogged down, and finished in a flurry of new evidence and scurrying characters Our protagonist is a chief inspector with the police cold case squad, and she s informally partnered up with an historian author who I m sure is the author s fantasy self They seem to be the perfect couple for romantic entanglement, but alas only tantalizingly close situations pop up The author wants readers to want to read 6 and subsequent volumes of this [...]
I am always happy to see another entry in this series Daniel Kind and Hannah Scarlett in the Lakes District of Britian are among my absolute favorite This cold case took quite a few twists and turns and led the reader on a merry chase for clues to solve the mystery So British I love it I d read another review of this book suggesting readers get the British edition because of so many errors in this one Does copy change from country to country However, that review was correct I wouldn t say spelli [...]
Orla returns to her home in the Lakes District, still obsessed with her brother Callum s mysterious disappearance twenty years ago Most people believe that her Uncle Philip, who killed himself after the police questioned him, caused Callum s death Orla asks the Cold Case review team of the Cumbria police, headed by Hannah Scarlett, to investigate, but dies before they take action Historian Daniel Kind, son of Hannah s old mentor, is doing some research at the library where Orla has been working, [...]
Orla Payne s brother disappeared 20 years ago and was presumed to have been killed by their uncle who sunsequently killed himself in the appropriately named hanging wood Orla has recently returned to the Lake District and contacts the cold case review team but her drunken ramblings are not very coherent Later she is also found dead and the case into her brother s death is reopened along with an investigation into her death.This is the fifth in the Hannah Scarlett Daniel Kind series and the third [...]
This was another book that was okay for me but not great I m one of those mystery readers that a likes a murders that leaves an impression and b that forwards the lives of the two main characters For me, the death, although strange and shocking, didn t help me turn the pages and the two main characters Hannah and Daniel seem to be moving backwards in their working personal relationship This is another book I might pick up again in the future and perhaps fine fascinating I really recommend Martin [...]
I love the Lake District and can think of few places I would rather have as a setting for a mystery This police procedural kept me reading, though there were rather too many characters always a problem when listening to the audio version One source of entertainment was Martin Edwards association with Gladstone Library and my understanding that St Herbert s might loosely be based on Gladstone Library in Hawarden Well, what a lot of staff with so little to do but shirk about and plot crime I enjoy [...]
This time the convergence of Daniel s storyline and Hannah s storyline was not so convoluted Daniel is finishing up his book at St Herbert s library and meets Orla Payne who is working there She discusses the disappearance of her brother 20 years before with Daniel who refers her to Hannah.The opening chapter deals with the call to Hannah who is unavailable Orla is then murdered or commits suicideTwo deaths later and the mysteries are resolved Hannah and Daniel are both unencumbered but not yet [...]
I have enjoyed all of Martin Edwards Lake District Mysteries His descriptions of the Lake District bring back many memories of my time spent there.In The Hanging Wood DCI Hannah Scarlett is head of the Cold Case Review Team but what begins as a missing person s case turns into murder I m afraid I had to skip over some parts but this didn t detract from the overall story I m now looking forward to Hannah s next adventures and to see whether she can resolve her personal problem.
Every time I read something new from Martin Edwards, I m further charmed by his ability to write fabulous mystery novels, but to do it in a way that makes me want a cup of tea and to surround myself with my library of books I really liked the small town feel of The Hanging Wood and the struggle Hannah and Daniel had with just getting a straight story from the people living together This was, as always, a great addition to The Lake District mystery series that I had fallen into on accident A plea [...]
Finally, a satisfying read after a bunch of meh reads this summer I only got into this series with the last release and really enjoyed it For me, this one was not as good as the previous outing, The Serpent Pool but still a good, solid, enjoyable read The plot felt a bit affected in terms of being overly complicated, but I liked the story, the characters well, not Mark , and the Lake District setting.
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