‘I enjoy his series books, especially the Harry Devlin novels for their pace, humour and sense of place. But in his-stand alones his writing hits a new level. Take My Breath Away is a witty satire on Blair’s Britain, with one of the best first scenes I’ve read anywhere. Now his new book Dancing for the Hangman has been published by Flambard, an independent press better known for its literary fiction and poetry. This novel considers the life and crime of Crippen – Martin is a meticulous researcher and is passionate about all forms of crime writing. The fiction brings a new insight into the character and time of the notorious doctor and it contains some of Martin’s finest writing. Definitely not to be missed!,
Ann Cleeves, CWA Gold Dagger winner
The Lazarus Widow
Until a few days before his death, Bill Knox had been hard at work on the manuscript for The Lazarus Widow. The story – which he regarded as one of his best – was advanced but incomplete. Bill’s method of writing was to polish each chapter before writing the next. The only clues to his intended resolution of the story were a few enigmatic notes and three press clippings. So Bill left a conundrum to match the best of his fictional puzzles.
Martin was asked by Bill’s widow and his publishers to complete the book – a privilege and a responsibility. And one of the most fascinating challenges of his writing career. And the challenge to those who read it is – can you tell where Bill’s work ends and Martin’s begins?
‘It is a daunting task finishing the final novel of the late crime novelist Bill Knox, but Martin Edwards has triumphantly completed the 25th Detective Inspector Thane novel, The Lazarus Widow. Edwards is a considerable crime writer himself (The First Cut Is The Deepest), so the combination of the two writers is unbeatable.’
Editor of Crime Time and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction
Take My Breath Away
The dead woman smiled.
Set in a glitzy London law firm, Creed, Take My Breath Away combines dark psychological suspense with just a touch of political satire.
‘A satisfyingly convoluted story…I might be tempted to say, “Don’t trust the spin doctors,” but then I would, wouldn’t I?’
‘A clever psychological thriller.’
Susanna Yager, The Sunday Telegraph
”An unusual and delightfully mysterious novel, with elements of topical satire.’ Mat Coward, The Morning Star