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This is the 5th book in the Philip Dryden series.  Philip is a big city newspaper journalist who has since moved to a very small town when his wife has a bad car accident and is comatosed for many years.  The books do that balance of the personal and the "mystery" really well and it doesn't hurt that Philip is a very engaging character.

"The Capri shook to the sound of snoring, and through the fly-spattered windscreen of the mini-cab Philip Dryden contemplated the Fen horizon.  Humph, the driver, slept peacefully, his lips brought together in a small bow, his sixteen stone compressing the seat beneath him.  Around them the drained wasteland that had once been Whittlesea Mere, an inland lake the size of a small English county, stretched beyond sight.  Overhead a cloud the size of a battleship sailed across an unblemished sky."

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9780718149499
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5
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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...

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Submitted by Karen on Thu, 21/02/2008 - 07:16 pm