By Robert Richardson
The playwright and novelist Augustus Maltravers and his actress girlfriend Tess Davy have planned a relaxing week staying with friends in Bellringer Street, but something more sinister begins to unfold when a skeleton is stolen from the cellars of the House.
At first the occurrence seems no more than a bizarre joke but soon Maltravers and Tess find themselves caught up in a terrifying cycle of vengeance when Lord Dunford, the heir the estate, is found murdered.
With everyone around them under suspicion, Maltravers and Tess find it increasingly difficult to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Who had the strongest motive for murder?
And will they strike again?
‘Skeleton Key’ is the second in this quintessentially English series of detective stories featuring playwright and amateur sleuth Augustus Maltravers. The first Maltravers mystery, “An Act of Evil”, won the John Creasey Award for the best first crime novel.