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Calm waters are often deceptive―and dangerous. Ramona Smith went missing, presumed murdered twenty-one years ago; her body was never recovered. Gerald Lace, accused, tried, and acquitted of the crime, took his own life shortly thereafter in the lovely-but-lethal waters along the Crooked Shore. In his suicide note, he blamed the police for wrongfully arresting him and ruinin Calm waters are often deceptive―and dangerous. Ramona Smith went missing, presumed murdered twenty-one years ago; her body was never recovered. Gerald Lace, accused, tried, and acquitted of the crime, took his own life shortly thereafter in the lovely-but-lethal waters along the Crooked Shore. In his suicide note, he blamed the police for wrongfully arresting him and ruining his life. On the twentieth anniversary of his father's suicide, Darren Lace has drowned himself in the very same spot. His death reopens the original investigation for cold case detective DCI Hannah Scarlett. Desperate to finally find answers, Hannah and her team chase leads as meandering as the shoreline. As the body count rises, old scores threaten to consume those dearest to Hannah. Will she be able to unwind both mysteries before her loved ones become collateral damage?


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Calm waters are often deceptive―and dangerous. Ramona Smith went missing, presumed murdered twenty-one years ago; her body was never recovered. Gerald Lace, accused, tried, and acquitted of the crime, took his own life shortly thereafter in the lovely-but-lethal waters along the Crooked Shore. In his suicide note, he blamed the police for wrongfully arresting him and ruinin Calm waters are often deceptive―and dangerous. Ramona Smith went missing, presumed murdered twenty-one years ago; her body was never recovered. Gerald Lace, accused, tried, and acquitted of the crime, took his own life shortly thereafter in the lovely-but-lethal waters along the Crooked Shore. In his suicide note, he blamed the police for wrongfully arresting him and ruining his life. On the twentieth anniversary of his father's suicide, Darren Lace has drowned himself in the very same spot. His death reopens the original investigation for cold case detective DCI Hannah Scarlett. Desperate to finally find answers, Hannah and her team chase leads as meandering as the shoreline. As the body count rises, old scores threaten to consume those dearest to Hannah. Will she be able to unwind both mysteries before her loved ones become collateral damage?

30 review for The Girl They All Forgot

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm yet to embark on the previous titles in Martin Edwards' Lake District Mystery series, but thoroughly enjoyed reading The Crooked Shore. I'm looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series in the near future, but can assure potential readers that this title works perfectly well as a standalone. A suicide by drowning draws D.C.I. Hannah Scarlett into a cold case investigation related to the disappearance of local woman Ramona Smith twenty-one years previously. The case was originally I'm yet to embark on the previous titles in Martin Edwards' Lake District Mystery series, but thoroughly enjoyed reading The Crooked Shore. I'm looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series in the near future, but can assure potential readers that this title works perfectly well as a standalone. A suicide by drowning draws D.C.I. Hannah Scarlett into a cold case investigation related to the disappearance of local woman Ramona Smith twenty-one years previously. The case was originally investigated by D.I. Ben Kind, Hannah's mentor and predecessor, who also happens to be her partner Daniel's late father. Kind had identified Ramona's former employer, gift shop owner Gerald Lace, as the prime suspect in her presumed murder. While Lace was acquitted at his subsequent trial, he and his family were never able to escape the stigma of his association with Ramona's disappearance. Lace later committed suicide by walking into the treacherous waters of the crooked shore, a tragedy now echoed by the suicide of Lace's son, Darren, in the same place and manner. But could Gerald Lace have been unjustly accused, and if so what happened to the ill-fated Ramona? Meanwhile, the man who witnessed Darren's suicide, Kingsley Melton, is preoccupied by the sudden reappearance of Logan Prentice, a charming young man whom he suspects of fraud and murder. Melton manages a plush but remote apartment development, Strandbeck Manor, and is cultivating a romantic attachment with wealthy and alluring resident Tory Reece-Taylor. He believes Prentice is targeting Tory and that her life is in danger - how can he convince local authorities of Prentice's malfeasance before it's too late? Martin Edwards deftly weaves the two narrative threads into a complex and intriguing mystery. Meanwhile, there is added interest in the shape of D.C.I. Scarlett's personal life. She and Daniel appear happy in their relationship, but there are inevitable stressors associated with the demands of her job and the frequent travel he undertakes as a published author. A potential rival emerges in the shape of Alex Samaras, a beautiful and charming woman who rescued Daniel's sister Louise when she fell in a river while walking a neighbour's dog. Alex is a gushing fan of Daniel's writing and Louise can't help but wonder if romance might blossom between them. I appreciated Edwards' more traditional style of mystery writing, but must emphasise that this is in no way a sedate or "cosy" mystery. The plot is complex and the dramatic denouement is both satisfying and unexpected. The characters are all well-developed and their motivations believable. Edwards uses the stunning setting of the Lake District to atmospheric effect, and while the eponymous "crooked shore" itself is imaginary, there are plenty of real life references to keep armchair travellers like myself satisfied! I have no hesitation in highly recommending The Crooked Shore to all readers who enjoy well-crafted mysteries and complex plots. I'm looking forward to bringing myself up to speed with the remainder of the Lake District Mystery series. My thanks to the author, Martin Edwards, publisher Allison & Busby and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Atlasi Khoramani

    So this was an other of those books that I was reading and half way through realized was part of a book series! how smart am I? but one thing I have to say first is that this book does perfectly fine as a standalone. the opening sentence makes sure that you are hooked all the way till the end. "So, you want to know why I killed Ramona Smith?" how captivating is that! and from what I have read about this series afterwards, the whole series ( 8 titles) is really good and well written. the writer h So this was an other of those books that I was reading and half way through realized was part of a book series! how smart am I? but one thing I have to say first is that this book does perfectly fine as a standalone. the opening sentence makes sure that you are hooked all the way till the end. "So, you want to know why I killed Ramona Smith?" how captivating is that! and from what I have read about this series afterwards, the whole series ( 8 titles) is really good and well written. the writer has a magical way with his words that makes you ache to read more, I was anxious and desperate to know what was going to happen in the end. no issues with the story what so ever. I'm really eager to read the previous books as soon as possible. and I have to say this is my honest opinion. One of the best reads of this past couple of weeks. this review will be published on NetGallery and Goodreads. thanks to net gallery for providing my copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    DNF Unfortunately I couldn't get into this book for some reason. The plot has everything and I was really excited to pick it up. I stayed with it until about 20% but I felt my mind wandering constantly and I just couldn't get into it. Hopefully I will have the urge to pick it up again in the future! DNF Unfortunately I couldn't get into this book for some reason. The plot has everything and I was really excited to pick it up. I stayed with it until about 20% but I felt my mind wandering constantly and I just couldn't get into it. Hopefully I will have the urge to pick it up again in the future!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Squeak2017

    Rather sluggish in the middle but then everything, and I mean everything happened in the last ten pages. Rampaging would-be murderers, inept murderers, and a glorious twist (which I guessed might happen but not the person involved). Tied up the loose ends of the entire series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie Hayes

    The question ‘So, you want to know why I killed Ramona Smith? is the opening line and is addressed to DCI Hannah Scarlett. But who is asking the question? Scarlett is just back from a conference in London where she had presented a paper on the challenge of leading cold case reviews. She is still surprised to find herself now described as an expert in solving unsolved crimes. When Kit Gleadall, the new Police and Crime Commissioner, asks Hannah to look into the twenty-one- year-old case of the disa The question ‘So, you want to know why I killed Ramona Smith? is the opening line and is addressed to DCI Hannah Scarlett. But who is asking the question? Scarlett is just back from a conference in London where she had presented a paper on the challenge of leading cold case reviews. She is still surprised to find herself now described as an expert in solving unsolved crimes. When Kit Gleadall, the new Police and Crime Commissioner, asks Hannah to look into the twenty-one- year-old case of the disappearance of Ramona Smith from Bowness, it takes her a while to bring the case to mind. Recollection brings back memories of the investigating officer Ben Kind who had a prime suspect who he was convinced was guilty. Although Smith’s body was never found the prime suspect was charged and tried for the murder. He was found not guilty, but eventually committed suicide. Following another death, the case has resurfaced. Kingsley Melton is the manager of Strandbeck Manor, a period house that has been turned into luxury apartments. Taking his ease on the shoreline, named The Crooked Shore, Kingsley is shocked to see Logan Prentice jog past him. Logan Prentice who Kingsley suspects of evil deeds. As Hannah begins re-interviewing the people who were investigated in the original case, those that are still alive that is, she ponders on Ben Kind - a very shrewd cop, who she had liked very much but who had sadly been killed in a hit and run. These pondering naturally take her to his son Daniel Kind, ex TV historian who Hannah had been dating. But she had not seen him for six weeks as he had been travelling abroad promoting his new book. Whilst it had been wonderful to see him again things seemed different. Maybe, he had someone else. Narrated in the third person by Kingsley Melton and Hannah Scarlett, there are many strands to this story, which are skilfully drawn together. Like many good stories the clues lie in the past. The Crooked Shore is one of the best books I have read in along time. Just when you think you know it all, there is a sudden jaw-dropping twist that I most certainly didn’t see coming. Most highly recommended as a book not to be missed. ------ Reviewer; Lizzie Sirett

  6. 4 out of 5

    LianaReads blog

    I haven’t read the previous books in the series, and apparently the main characters have been around for some time now. But that didn’t deter me to enjoy this story, not even a second. It’s been twenty years since a murder case remained unsolved and now, after all this time, someone wants to open the cold case again because there’s something interesting happening around the same setting that could cause a lot of chaos in the future. It immersed me in the story from the beginning to the end; the I haven’t read the previous books in the series, and apparently the main characters have been around for some time now. But that didn’t deter me to enjoy this story, not even a second. It’s been twenty years since a murder case remained unsolved and now, after all this time, someone wants to open the cold case again because there’s something interesting happening around the same setting that could cause a lot of chaos in the future. It immersed me in the story from the beginning to the end; the author has a way with his words that makes me want to never stop reading and falling for each piece of a puzzle that he drops around when least expected. It’s much more psychological twisted than mystery story and I love when a book really challenges me in that way, because not only one of my theories was right in here. A very compelling read that highly recommend. arc review

  7. 4 out of 5

    Verity Halliday

    You can always rely on Martin Edwards for a well-written, pacy murder mystery. I am pleased to say that The Crooked Shore is no exception to the rule. Featuring Edwards’ series detective DCI Hannah Scarlett, this book focuses on a cold case disappearance of Ramona Smith and the tragic ripples the case caused throughout the close knit Lake District community. Hannah needs to solve the mystery quickly to prevent more deaths. A solid four star good read, with beautiful scenery and deliciously nasty You can always rely on Martin Edwards for a well-written, pacy murder mystery. I am pleased to say that The Crooked Shore is no exception to the rule. Featuring Edwards’ series detective DCI Hannah Scarlett, this book focuses on a cold case disappearance of Ramona Smith and the tragic ripples the case caused throughout the close knit Lake District community. Hannah needs to solve the mystery quickly to prevent more deaths. A solid four star good read, with beautiful scenery and deliciously nasty characters to be bumped off. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for providing a review copy in exchange for honest feedback.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Puzzle Doctor

    Outstanding, one of the best in the series. Full review at classicmystery.blog

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Rating - 4.5 I cannot recommend this series enough. Martin Edwards is an incredibly skilled writer of mysteries (I read his Golden Age novels last year) and this book was no exception. There are red herrings galore and morally grey characters, both in the suspects list and elsewhere. I particularly liked the pacing and the end had me frantically turning pages, desperate to find out what was going to happen. Huge thanks again to Allison and Busby for the copy and for letting me be a part of the to Rating - 4.5 I cannot recommend this series enough. Martin Edwards is an incredibly skilled writer of mysteries (I read his Golden Age novels last year) and this book was no exception. There are red herrings galore and morally grey characters, both in the suspects list and elsewhere. I particularly liked the pacing and the end had me frantically turning pages, desperate to find out what was going to happen. Huge thanks again to Allison and Busby for the copy and for letting me be a part of the tour. I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series

  10. 4 out of 5

    First Clue

    Life is certainly nasty, brutish, and short—at least for most of the characters in Edwards’s much-awaited new installment, set on the edge of England’s Lake District. DVI Hannah Scarlett is in charge of cold cases, and she’s actually been funded well enough to put together a small team. Here she’s investigating the disappearance of a young woman, Ramona Smith, who is presumed to have been murdered 21 years ago. The case gets noticed when a young man commits suicide by running into quicksand—at t Life is certainly nasty, brutish, and short—at least for most of the characters in Edwards’s much-awaited new installment, set on the edge of England’s Lake District. DVI Hannah Scarlett is in charge of cold cases, and she’s actually been funded well enough to put together a small team. Here she’s investigating the disappearance of a young woman, Ramona Smith, who is presumed to have been murdered 21 years ago. The case gets noticed when a young man commits suicide by running into quicksand—at the exact location and date that his father, who was acquitted of Ramona’s murder, took his life. The search for Ramona takes Hannah and colleagues through quite a number of plot lines with quite an assortment of characters, one creepier than the last: a sexually repressed antiques dealer, an over-the-top toy boy, a sexy—but completely plastic—middle-aged woman, and so many more. What’s remarkable is how intertwined the characters are; even Hannah’s personal life comes into play. As Hannah digs deeper into the evidence of the past, and confronts the present, readers have the pleasure of seeing such a complex narrative effortlessly resolve itself. For readers of Ann Cleeves, Mark Billingham, and Clare Donoghue.—Brian Kenney, First Clue For more reviews of forthcoming crime fiction, subscribe to our weekly newsletter, First Clue:https://www.getrevue.co/profile/First...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pgchuis

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. When I requested it, I didn't realize it was the eighth in a series. It stood fairly well on its own, although at times I felt as if I was missing something. I couldn't get a handle on Daniel and Hannah's relationship at all, and the way Louise kept trying to set Daniel up with Alex was inexplicable to me. Initially I found the Tory/Logan/Kingsley thread unpleasant, but it grew on me. The resolutions at the end were not at all clued I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. When I requested it, I didn't realize it was the eighth in a series. It stood fairly well on its own, although at times I felt as if I was missing something. I couldn't get a handle on Daniel and Hannah's relationship at all, and the way Louise kept trying to set Daniel up with Alex was inexplicable to me. Initially I found the Tory/Logan/Kingsley thread unpleasant, but it grew on me. The resolutions at the end were not at all clued for the reader and I didn't find them particularly likely, but the plot held together fairly well in retrospect. I would have preferred the balance of the narrative to be more heavily weighted towards the police procedural thread, but perhaps this series is always a blend of perspectives.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    This is the last book in an excellent mystery series, a mix of police procedural and classic whodunnit that kept me turning pages as it’s a gripping and atmospheric story. What happened in the past is affecting what is happening in the present, a cold case is being reopened as the son of the supposed culprit took his life as his father did. This is the main plot, a supposed murder without a corpse. A supposed culprit who took his life. There are a lot of secrets in this story, there a lot of what This is the last book in an excellent mystery series, a mix of police procedural and classic whodunnit that kept me turning pages as it’s a gripping and atmospheric story. What happened in the past is affecting what is happening in the present, a cold case is being reopened as the son of the supposed culprit took his life as his father did. This is the main plot, a supposed murder without a corpse. A supposed culprit who took his life. There are a lot of secrets in this story, there a lot of what if and you follow the investigation trying to understand if everything was done to discover the truth. There’s a subplot involving other characters who seems loosely related to the main story. I didn’t like them at the beginning, but it grew on me and became another fascinating part of the story. The plot is well crafted, Martin Edwards is a talented storyteller, and this story always kept my attention alive. Hannah and her teams are well thought and likeable, clever and interesting. Tori is a fascinating character: a mysterious woman who is able to manipulate and get what she wants, even if I didn’t like her, I couldn’t help being fascinated. There are some slow moments in the middle, but the last part was a rollercoaster, fast paced and action packed. This book starts and end with a bang. An excellent, gripping and highly entertaining story that I strongly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    With suspicious deaths, cold cases and a sumptuous setting, Edwards’ latest novel is an impressive tale of relationships centred on the Lake District. This novel follows The Dungeon House, but works well as a stand alone with some well established characters. DCI Hannah Scarlett is a determined investigator, keen to increase her team to better find leads in the twenty year old disappearance of a young local woman. Ramona Smith had a reputation locally for a complex romantic life, and her mysteri With suspicious deaths, cold cases and a sumptuous setting, Edwards’ latest novel is an impressive tale of relationships centred on the Lake District. This novel follows The Dungeon House, but works well as a stand alone with some well established characters. DCI Hannah Scarlett is a determined investigator, keen to increase her team to better find leads in the twenty year old disappearance of a young local woman. Ramona Smith had a reputation locally for a complex romantic life, and her mysterious fate has cast a destructive shadow over many lives. The investigation has sprung to life again with a new tragedy that could only happen on the Crooked Shore, a special place of particular danger. Hannah’s team must work hard to track down all the potential people who may know the truth of past events and contemporary dangers. With at least one murder already committed, the desperate search for the killer must speed up to prevent more deaths. This intense novel is written with several strands of story. Hannah is obviously a skilled and experienced detective who is keen to get her team up to full strength, with the support of the new Police Commisioner, Kit Gleadall. The Prologue features an anonymous speaker confessing to the murder of Ramona Smith, and from that moment various characters are introduced who may well fulfill that role. Edwards is extremely able to introduce three dimensional characters with realistic attitudes and personal histories that weave in and out of the narrative. The establishment of the setting is well done, with the particular atmosphere of a town and countryside of historic significance. I enjoyed the writing immensely and was very pleased to have the opportunity to read and review this excellent novel. Kingsley Melton is sitting on a bench overlooking the Crooked Shore. He is charged with selling luxury apartments at Strandbeck Manor, a difficult job for this man in his fifties, who has the air of one defeated by life. The appearance of a lone jogger barely attracts his attention, while Kingsley considers a sighting of a young man that he feels he has every reason to suspect of guilty dealings. Logan Prentice has spent time at a nursing home where Kinsley’s mother was a resident, and Kingsley believes him guilty of a crime there. While he contemplates this, the jogger becomes trapped in the sand in front of him and Kinsley can only look on in horror as the tide advances. His obsession with a woman who lives in an apartment in the manor comes to dominate his waking hours. It emerges that the jogger possibly meant to end his life in an horrific way, following his father’s suicide exactly twenty years before. Gerry Lace had been the chief suspect in the disappearance of Ramona, an investigation led by the late Ben Kind. The death of his son, Darren Lace, on the beach provokes a reassessment of what really happened to Ramona, with implications for many people in the area. This novel has real depth as both the investigators and the investigated are seen with all their interrelated stories. It is a relatively small community in a contemporary world where rumours and theories of guilt are easily communicated. This is a thriller where time is of the essence as old wounds and new dangers emerge, and Edwards maintains the tension admirably throughout. The characters are well drawn and realistic. The plot is complex as the investigation and action takes place in the present but is affected by the past. This is a well written novel which I found completely involving and intriguing. I recommend it strongly to those who enjoy a contemporary thriller with a strong sense of place and complex characters.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey

    ‘The Crooked Shore’ is once again a great return to ‘The Lake District Mysteries’ a series which I absolutely adore. This outing for Hannah and Daniel is another riveting cold case mystery, well written and well paced, with a great twist towards the end. This is the eighth in the series but you can read it as a standalone. It turns out somehow I missed the last book to be published but although there were minor references the story in this one, it's completely isolated from that. Kingsley observ ‘The Crooked Shore’ is once again a great return to ‘The Lake District Mysteries’ a series which I absolutely adore. This outing for Hannah and Daniel is another riveting cold case mystery, well written and well paced, with a great twist towards the end. This is the eighth in the series but you can read it as a standalone. It turns out somehow I missed the last book to be published but although there were minor references the story in this one, it's completely isolated from that. Kingsley observes a young man run onto the Crooked Shore a notorious section of Morecambe Bay due to it's quicksand and tidal currents. It turns out that this is the son of a Gerry Lace who was accused of the murder of Ramona Smith but was acquitted. He later took he own life at the Crooked Shore, twenty years to the day later his son does the same. Of course, there is uproar and Hannah is asked to look the case over to see if the police had made mistakes and also it turns out it was Ben Kind, Hannah's old boss who ran the case. To begin with I didn't like how the book was spilt between Hannah’s perspective but also Kingsley and his love interest Tory having their own say. Normally, the series has it spilt between Hannah and Daniel and I missed that. Daniel seemed to be missing from most of the action. I felt as if his plot and his meeting of Alex could have been fleshed out into a really exciting book of it's own. However, it felt regulated to the sidelines and over and done with very quickly at the end. I did not see that resolution coming at all. I felt as if it was going to be one character throughout who was going to be in the frame for Ramona’s murder and it definitely didn't turn out to be them! It made me go back and reread the ‘afterword’ at the start of the book. It was a surprising resolution let's put it that way. This is a great continuation of the series and I'm already looking forward to reading the next one!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily Christopher

    The Girl They All Forgot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Thriller Format: Kindle eBook Date Published: 6/7/22 Author: Martin Edwards Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Pages: 352 Goodreads Rating: 3.99 Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for providing a copy of the book for me to read in exchange for my honest opinion. Synopsis: Ramona Smith went missing, presumed murdered twenty-one years ago; her body was never recovered. Gerald Lace, accused, tried, and acquitted of the crime, took his own life shortly t The Girl They All Forgot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Thriller Format: Kindle eBook Date Published: 6/7/22 Author: Martin Edwards Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Pages: 352 Goodreads Rating: 3.99 Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for providing a copy of the book for me to read in exchange for my honest opinion. Synopsis: Ramona Smith went missing, presumed murdered twenty-one years ago; her body was never recovered. Gerald Lace, accused, tried, and acquitted of the crime, took his own life shortly thereafter in the lovely-but-lethal waters along the Crooked Shore. In his suicide note, he blamed the police for wrongfully arresting him and ruining his life. On the twentieth anniversary of his father's suicide, Darren Lace has drowned himself in the very same spot. His death reopens the original investigation for cold case detective DCI Hannah Scarlett. Desperate to finally find answers, Hannah and her team chase leads as the body count rises, old scores threaten to consume those dearest to Hannah. Will she be able to unwind both mysteries before her loved ones become collateral damage? My Thoughts: This book is part of a series. I have not read the series, only this book and it works as a standalone. The narrator of the story changes and is always told from that character’s POV. There were a lot of characters introduced early on, I had to write them down to make sure I could keep them straight. The one downfall was that the chapter could have more than one narrator, making keeping up challenging sometimes. To me, this was more of a mystery than a thriller, still a good read. The characters were developed well once the confusion wore off. The lies and mystery intertwines until it ends with a fantastic conclusion. I love the plot scheme of this novel. A very good read and I would like to read the other books in this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    The Girl They All Forgot by Martin Edwards is a mystery book involving a cold case, which pops up again when a son dies in the same manner as his father from many years ago. This book switches points of view regularly & in the beginning, it gives you quite a few names & stories to obviously set the foundation of the novel. I have to admit I was a bit confused trying to keep track of everything going on & who was who. As soon as I would understand, it would switch to a snippet from a different pe The Girl They All Forgot by Martin Edwards is a mystery book involving a cold case, which pops up again when a son dies in the same manner as his father from many years ago. This book switches points of view regularly & in the beginning, it gives you quite a few names & stories to obviously set the foundation of the novel. I have to admit I was a bit confused trying to keep track of everything going on & who was who. As soon as I would understand, it would switch to a snippet from a different person. Despite my confusion, I enjoyed getting all the different bits of information & I feel like it moved the story along with a quick pace. I would also like to add that I have chronic illnesses & I read this during a particularly mental brain foggy week, so this could just be my own problem. This is the first book I’ve read in this series as well. The practice of switching the primary character being discussed multiple times per chapter is something I struggled with. Perhaps if I had already known some of the characters from previous books, I wouldn’t have struggled as much. I will give this book props for putting so much crime into this book it felt like I was reviewing at least two books. It is a very interesting cold case along with parallel types of crime. I feel like fans of this series will enjoy this book very much. The Girl They All Forgot comes out June 7, 2022! Massive thanks to NetGalley & Poisoned Pen Press for allowing me the opportunity to read an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warnings: This book mentions and/or contains suicide, abuse, violence, murder, mental health struggles, sexual assault & gore.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brian Williams

    This is an outstanding police procedural murder mystery set in contemporary Britain. It's the eighth detective story in Martin Edwards' Lake District Mystery series. There's a clever plot, not too complicated, supported by a suspenseful sub-plot and the evolving personal life of the protagonist, DCI Scarlett Hannah. In addition to the recurring characters, Edwards has added two interesting ones who are unique to this story. Backstopping the detective story is the local colour of the Lake Distric This is an outstanding police procedural murder mystery set in contemporary Britain. It's the eighth detective story in Martin Edwards' Lake District Mystery series. There's a clever plot, not too complicated, supported by a suspenseful sub-plot and the evolving personal life of the protagonist, DCI Scarlett Hannah. In addition to the recurring characters, Edwards has added two interesting ones who are unique to this story. Backstopping the detective story is the local colour of the Lake District with its natural beauty. DCI Hannah is given charge of a high profile cold case review after a high visibility suicide brings fresh media attention to the case. It's a "missing body" murder investigation where the principal (and only suspect) is acquitted by a jury. Scarlett and her team go back to basics, which soon touches on the original police investigation. It fizzled out however with the acquittal, although the suspect' s suicide led to a campaign by his family for vindication. The subsequent suicide by the suspect's son is the spark for Hannah's review. It can be read as a standalone without the need to have read its predecessors in the series. Highly recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    Let me preface this review by saying that I have not read any other books in this series., which might make my review a bit unfair. I have no prior investment in these characters. Detective Hannah Scarlett is smart, thoughtful and independent. She is a strong female character that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was not intrigued by her relationship with Daniel (having not read the previous books), but I’d imagine those that have, would’ve been on edge throughout this story. There was A LOT going on in t Let me preface this review by saying that I have not read any other books in this series., which might make my review a bit unfair. I have no prior investment in these characters. Detective Hannah Scarlett is smart, thoughtful and independent. She is a strong female character that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was not intrigued by her relationship with Daniel (having not read the previous books), but I’d imagine those that have, would’ve been on edge throughout this story. There was A LOT going on in this book. There were multiple side stories and mysteries. Lots of murder and questionable behavior (check trigger warnings.) While everything came together in a neat little package at the end, the rest of the book felt rather “muddy”. It was hard to keep track of all the schemes and lies. The original death, that started all the investigations, gets lost along the way. If you’re a fan of mysteries, this could be a great book for you. There was certainly a lot to unfold. Everything just came together way too perfectly in the end for my taste, but my opinion is just that - my opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Scott Nickels

    I’ve waited a long time for the latest installment of the Lake District Mysteries by Martin Edwards. Mr. Edwards has been doing all kinds of stuff around the world of mystery books…and, as a big fan of DCI Hannah Scarlett and her “ friend” Daniel Kind. There are a couple of mysteries going on in the narrative’s “ present” while also exploring an answer to a cold case Scarlett is assigned to figuring out. The cold case has to do with the puzzling disappearance of Ramona Smithover twenty years ago I’ve waited a long time for the latest installment of the Lake District Mysteries by Martin Edwards. Mr. Edwards has been doing all kinds of stuff around the world of mystery books…and, as a big fan of DCI Hannah Scarlett and her “ friend” Daniel Kind. There are a couple of mysteries going on in the narrative’s “ present” while also exploring an answer to a cold case Scarlett is assigned to figuring out. The cold case has to do with the puzzling disappearance of Ramona Smithover twenty years ago. One Darren Lace was connected to Smith’s disappearance and he walked into the local bay and…mysteriously…committed suicide. And all sorts of twists and turns occur. There were some moments that were a bit too romance novel for my tastes; however, as the story races towards its shocking climax I was able to understand why those moments were essential to the plot. So a big ole “thanks” to Martin Edwards for returning to the Lake District series. And also I am grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book and make some comments on how much I enjoyed “The Girl They All Forgot.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    This book just felt like a mess from start to finish. Many reviews said this could be read/understood as a standalone and not part of a series, but the author introduced too many characters too quickly, with no real characterization to distinguish anyone. The characters were both flat and completely unlikeable, to the point where I wasn't rooting for anyone and just wanted to be finished with the book. The plot was very disjointed and while I suppose it did come together at the end, the journey This book just felt like a mess from start to finish. Many reviews said this could be read/understood as a standalone and not part of a series, but the author introduced too many characters too quickly, with no real characterization to distinguish anyone. The characters were both flat and completely unlikeable, to the point where I wasn't rooting for anyone and just wanted to be finished with the book. The plot was very disjointed and while I suppose it did come together at the end, the journey to get there was muddled and confusing. Also, while not as important, the setting was equally as confusing as the plot, as the author didn't do a great job at explaining the actual town(s?) the story took place in. There were descriptions of where scenes took place, but not about how far they really were in relation to one another/where they were in general. Overall a very disappointing and tiring read. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Bush

    I have not read the previous books in this series, but while I found I would like to know more about Hannah and Daniels's relationship I don't think you need to read the others to understand what's going on. We get multiple perspectives in this story and I found the transition between them to be a bit jarring and tended to take me out of the story. Most of the action takes place at the end of the book, and while it was really good action it didn't make up for how slow the rest of the book felt. I have not read the previous books in this series, but while I found I would like to know more about Hannah and Daniels's relationship I don't think you need to read the others to understand what's going on. We get multiple perspectives in this story and I found the transition between them to be a bit jarring and tended to take me out of the story. Most of the action takes place at the end of the book, and while it was really good action it didn't make up for how slow the rest of the book felt. The mystery was really good, I had no idea what was happening with it until Hannah starts telling us what she has figured out, and there was an extra bit of action at the end that really made me flip through the pages to see how it was going to resolve. I think that I will read the next book in this series or start at the first one and see if I can get more used to his writing style, even though it was a slower building mystery I really liked how it all played out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Concha

    Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press. DCI Hannah Scarlett works in the cold case section and has to work on a disappearance investigated by her former mentor and father of her current partner. The author manages to create an absorbing narrative with a perfect pace and above all with a main character and some very well profiled secondary characters. Although the book belongs to a series, it is not necessary to have read the others although I am sure that once you start with this one, you Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press. DCI Hannah Scarlett works in the cold case section and has to work on a disappearance investigated by her former mentor and father of her current partner. The author manages to create an absorbing narrative with a perfect pace and above all with a main character and some very well profiled secondary characters. Although the book belongs to a series, it is not necessary to have read the others although I am sure that once you start with this one, you will have to read the rest.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andy Weston

    I used to quite like Martin Edwards’s Lake District series. Maybe I’ve outgrown them. Or maybe they’ve become a bit too much like Midsomer Murders, just too many of them, and the similarities are evident - which I guess is what makes them so popular with some people. This particular mystery is light on action, heavy on mundane chatter between characters, local product placement, but most of all, far too long. Though some of the story happens in the National Park, a lot of it is at Morecambe Bay, I used to quite like Martin Edwards’s Lake District series. Maybe I’ve outgrown them. Or maybe they’ve become a bit too much like Midsomer Murders, just too many of them, and the similarities are evident - which I guess is what makes them so popular with some people. This particular mystery is light on action, heavy on mundane chatter between characters, local product placement, but most of all, far too long. Though some of the story happens in the National Park, a lot of it is at Morecambe Bay, which is of less interest as a setting.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    What really happened to Ramona? She went missing over 20 years ago, the man presumed to have killed her committed suicide, and no one's thought about her since. Well, someone has. DCI Hannah Scarlett, who works cold cases, reopens this one and finds a twisty mystery. She's terrific, btw, as is this complex tale set in the Lake District, It's part of a long running series and I very much enjoyed it even though I hadn't read any of the preceding books. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. Excellent re What really happened to Ramona? She went missing over 20 years ago, the man presumed to have killed her committed suicide, and no one's thought about her since. Well, someone has. DCI Hannah Scarlett, who works cold cases, reopens this one and finds a twisty mystery. She's terrific, btw, as is this complex tale set in the Lake District, It's part of a long running series and I very much enjoyed it even though I hadn't read any of the preceding books. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. Excellent read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris Nolan

    This is a wonderful series which never disappoints. The writing is superb, the Lakeland backdrop is a delight, the characters are beautifully depicted and the plot is always enthralling. In addition the personal lives of the principals are well represented and Hannah Scarlett is an excellent head of the cold case unit. Long may this series continue!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    4.5 Stars A cold case mystery wrote with great skill, pace and twists, lots of red herrings and suspects. Even though it is part of a series it was fine read as a standalone and the beautiful setting of the lake district made it all imaginable and atmospheric. My thanks go to the author, publisher and Netgalley for providing this arc in return for a honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Priya

    This book has a perfect opening and a good premise to draw the reader in. The author doesn’t disappoint with the plot though the conclusion brought everything together in a rush. I had no difficulty with the characters though I haven’t read the previous books, so it would work out as a stand-alone. I would definitely like to read the series. 5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela Thompson

    Another great title by Martin Edwards . I really like the way he draws you into the plot . His murder plots are never too gruesome which reflects on the beauty of where his novels are set , the beautiful Lake District.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caroline McGregor

    Great read! Enjoyed getting back with Daniel and DCI Hannah again in the Lake District. An interesting plot with past lives catching up with the present. What did happen to Ramona? Thoroughly recommend and hope not as long to wait for the next.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stacy George

    If you like a good mystery, you will want to read this book. Ramona Smith went missing. Is she dead and if so who killed her, and why. The author weaves a tale the intertwines the lives of many in the Lake District. Who’s innocent and who has guilty secrets. You’ll want to find the answers.

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