For seventeen years, the Cambridgeshire hamlet of Jude's Ferry has lain abandoned, requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence for military training in 1990.  The isolated, thousand-year-old community was famous for one thing - never having recorded a single crime.

But when local reporter Philip Dryden joins the Territorial Army on exercise in the empty village, its spotless history is literally blown apart.  For the TA's shells reveal a hidden cellar beneath the old pub.  And inside the cellar hangs a skeleton, a noose around its neck...


Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly is a journalist and education correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in Ely with the biographer Midge Gilles and their young daughter. The Water Clock, his first novel, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award for best first crime novel of 2002.

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Series: DI Peter Shaw and DS George Valentine

Series: Philip Dryden

Year of Publication
Book Number (in series)
Review THE SKELETON MAN - Jim Kelly
Karen Chisholm
Monday, February 25, 2008
Blog Currently Reading - The Skeleton Man, Jim Kelly
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, February 21, 2008

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