The Skeleton Man

The Skeleton Man

A Philip Dryden Mystery

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Baker & Taylor
Following the Army on maneuvers to the isolated, millennium-old village of Jude's Ferry, journalist Philip Dryden launches a personal investigation when practice artillery shells reveal a hidden cellar beneath an old pub containing a skeleton with a noose around its neck, a mystery linked to an amnesiac, pulled from a river, with unknown ties to the empty hamlet. 15,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

For seventeen years, the English hamlet of Jude’s Ferry has lain abandoned, used only for army training exercises. Before then, the isolated, thousand-year-old community was famous for one thing---having never recorded a single crime. But when local reporter Philip Dryden joins the army on practice maneuvers in the empty village, its spotless reputation is literally blown apart. Artillery fire reveals a hidden cellar beneath the old pub, and inside the cellar hangs a skeleton, a noose around its neck. No one knows---or will say---who the victim was.

Two days later, a terrified man is pulled from the reeds of a nearby river, with no idea of who he is or how he got there. The only name he can remember is “Jude’s Ferry.”

As Dryden searches for the secret history of the dead town, he is also witnessing a kind of rebirth: Seven years after the accident that nearly killed her, his wife, Laura, is finally emerging from coma and paralysis to begin a semblance of normal life. But will that semblance be enough for her---or for Dryden?



Blackwell North Amer
For seventeen years, the English hamlet of Jude's Ferry has lain abandoned, used only for army training exercises. Before then, the isolated, thousand-year-old community was famous for one thing - having never recorded a single crime. But when local reporter Philip Dryden joins the army on practice maneuvers in the empty village, its spotless reputation is literally blown apart. Artillery fire reveals a hidden cellar beneath the old pub, and inside the cellar hangs a skeleton, a noose around its neck. No one knows - or will say - who the victim was.
Two days later, a terrified man is pulled from the reeds of a nearby river, with no idea of who he is or how he got there. The only name he can remember is "Jude's Ferry."
As Dryden searches for the secret history of the dead town, he is also witnessing a kind of rebirth: Seven years after the accident that nearly killed her, his wife, Laura, is finally emerging from coma and paralysis to begin a semblance of normal life. But will that semblance be enough for her - or for Dryden?

Baker
& Taylor

Following the Army on maneuvers to the isolated, millennium-old village of Jude's Ferry, journalist Philip Dryden launches a personal investigation when practice artillery shells reveal a hidden cellar beneath an old pub containing a skeleton with a noose around its neck.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780312377816
0312377819
Branch Call Number: M KELLY

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Dec 24, 2012

A great mystery series set in rural England & to get the most out of it, start at the beginning. There is a real progression in terms of the characters' lives & interpersonal histories. The books are atmospheric, full of quirky people & contain intricate murder mysteries you'll have to read right to the end to discover the bad guy. On a separate note, if for some reason you feel the need to pick up a pencil & edit/change the author's words, please buy your own copy. Those of us who use the library would like to read their work as they intended, not scribbled over with your "corrections".

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