The Serpent Pool - Readers' Group Information

Background

In advance of publication, The Serpent Pool has already earned high praise in a number of review journals. Library Journal, for example, gave the book a much-prized ‘starred’ review and commented:

‘In Edwards's fourth "Lake District" procedural, DI Hannah Scarlett works a cold case involving the mysterious drowning of a young woman. Was it suicide or murder? Meanwhile, the rest of the Cumbria CID is investigating the gruesome death of a book collector incinerated along with his books. Verdict: the juxtaposition of human relationships past and present, the interweaving of the writings and life of Thomas de Quincey with the contemporary plot, and the backdrop of England's Lake District, famous for its literary connections, make this an excellent choice for discerning readers who want an unusual and challenging puzzle mystery that will keep them guessing until the final pages. Wow!’

Suggested discussion points for readers’ groups

A starting point for debate may be some or all of the following questions:

The Serpent Pool is published in the UK by Allison & Busby, in the US by Poisoned Pen Press, and in Germany by Luebbe.