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Monday, 18 January 2010

The Serpent Pool

I finished Martin Edwards' The Serpent Pool last night and I really enjoyed it. I loved the way all the links were revealed between the various characters and the denouement. I can't really say too much about the plot without revealing all - suffice it to say the mystery is complex and satisfying. The development of the characters - DCI Hannah Scarlett - her partner, rare book dealer Marc Amos - and historian Daniel Kind - is interesting. All three are rounded characters with faults as well as good points. As ever in this series the Lake District plays a big part in the story and broods over all.

I read it over three evenings and found it compelling reading. I liked how all the clues built up but I still didn't work out completely who was responsible before the end. I liked the background - Thomas De Quincey, rare books and printing. I recommend it. I have posted a review on Amazon which last time I checked hasn't yet appeared.


Martin Edwards said...

Many thanks for this. I'm delighted you liked the book and I'm grateful you've submitted a review to appear on Amazon.

Jilly said...

Thanks Martin - the review has now appeared on Amazon

David Bret said...

Woman, will you please, for God's sake, SHUT THE FUCK UP. The Amazon site is to discuss a dead child, not for a dopy old twat like you to brandish her ego. You want insult, you will get it. I do not have to boast who I am. My book came out at the same time as the one about Maddie McCann. Someone asked a question. You are staring to get on everyone's tits with your persistent whining. I can now see why you sympathise so much with Kate Healy--you are just as heartless, cold, and bitchy as she is. Even if she dumped the dead child on your doorstep, you would still defend her. Tell me what you do for an encore--pluck the wings off birds? Okay, you don't need to be told that I am a celebrity--and I don't have to tell everyone that you are a piece of shit. They already know. Now belt up, and crawl back into your sewer and keep on fingering yourself while lusting after the Mother of the Century.