Murder at Waldenmere Lake by Michelle Salter

A murder shocks the small town of Walden. And it’s only the beginning…

Walden, 1921. Local reporter Iris Woodmore is determined to save her beloved lake, Waldenmere, from destruction.

After a bloody and expensive war, the British Army can’t afford to keep the lake and build a convalescent home on its shores yet they still battle with Walden Council and a railway company for ownership. But an old mansion used as an officer training academy stands where the railway company plans to build a lakeside hotel. It belongs to General Cheverton – and he won’t leave his home.

When the General is found murdered, it appears someone will stop at nothing to win the fight for Waldenmere. Iris thinks she can take on the might of the railway company and find the killer. But nothing prepares her for the devastation that’s to come…

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My review

The novel is set in a fascinating although difficult period of history. The First World War blighted so many lives and changed society irrevocably. The author creates the appropriate atmosphere.

We have an excellent heroine in Iris. She’s very likeable, endlessly resourceful, and we share her frustrations and successes vividly.

The plot is interesting and cleverly constructed. The pace throughout the book is lively and the action sweeps the reader along.

Very enjoyable.


Author bio

Michelle Salter is a historical crime fiction writer based in northeast Hampshire. Her novels feature local locations. She’s also a copywriter and has written features for national magazines. When not writing, Michelle can be found knee-deep in mud at her local nature reserve. She enjoys working with a team of volunteers undertaking conservation activities.


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