Death has come twice to Ravenbank, a remote community in England’s Lake District, each time on Halloween. Just before the First World War, a young woman’s corpse was found, with a makeshift shroud frozen to her battered face. Her ghost - the Faceless Woman - is said to walk through Ravenbank on Halloween. Five years ago, another woman, Shenagh Moss, was murdered, and again her face was covered to hide her injuries.
Daniel Kind, a specialist in the history of murder, becomes fascinated by the old cases and wonders whether the obvious suspects really did commit the crimes. He spends Halloween at a party in Ravenbank - only to find death returning to this beautiful but isolated spot. Once more, the victim is a woman; once more her damaged face is shrouded from view.
“A trio of murders spanning nearly a century poses an unusual challenge for DCI Hannah Scarlett of the Cumbria Constabulary’s Cold Case Review Team - especially since one of the corpses is anything but cold… Edwards does an impressive job of linking the three murders across the long years.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Layered, atmospheric… The creepy premise, coupled with a neat resolution, offers hope that this series will only get better.” (Publishers Weekly)
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Two Women Killed a Century Apart -- 3.5 Stars
Classic whodunit with a ghost story to boot.
The audio edition was more enjoyable than the printed version would have been because of John Lee's reading.
He delivered a 1930's "Only the Shadow Knows" kind of reading which made it feel very much like a radio show rather than a read book. His reading added to the enjoyment.
Dizzie Gillespie reference.