Holiday reading: Lake District

Evoke the inspiring landscape

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The Lake District has always been an inspirational setting for the written word – with writers from Wordsworth and Ruskin to Beatrix Potter using the sensational landscape as their poetic muse. Within the county of Cumbria, tarns, ghylls and fells speckle the landscape, attracting countless tourists every years. However, this idyllic landscape has spawned a whole industry of detective, crime and mystery novels – all dealing with the darker side of humanity…

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A Cry in the Night by Tom Grieves (Quercus)

The Lake District: a wild landscape, rife with stories. Detectives Zoe Barnes and Sam Taylor are called to investigate the disappearance of two children. But they quickly realise they have been drawn into a complex and unnerving case that hides a much darker, deadly secret.

The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid (Harper)

A 200 year-old-secret is now a matter of life and death. It is summer in the Lake District and heavy rain over the fells has uncovered a bizarrely tattooed body. Could it be linked to the old rumour that Fletcher Christian, mutinous First Mate on the Bounty, had secretly returned to England? Scholar Jane Gresham wants to find out. The bucolic setting of the Lake District is starkly contrasted to the other setting, London's dismal Marshpool Farm Estate.

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The Coffin Trail by Martin Edwards (Allison and Busby)

Oxford historian, Daniel Kind escapes to a new life in an idyllic valley in the Lake District. But Tarn Cottage was once home to Barrie Gilpin, suspected of a savage murder. Daniel and DCI Hannah Scarlett, in charge of the Cold Cases Review Team, find themselves risking their lives as they search for a ruthless murderer, who is prepared to kill again.

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