The Mystery of the Skeleton Key

A maid is murdered at a country house in Hampshire. The police investigation draws a blank; the dead woman seems to have no past, save for a single reference from a previous employer. The houseguests include Vivian Bickerdike, whose memoirs comprise some of the narrative, and the enigmatic Baron Le Sage, a mysterious chess-playing Frenchman. Suspicion first falls on the Baron’s valet before evidence stacks up against the volatile son of the house, who looks set to hang for the crime. What does the Baron know? And how does Paris figure in the story?  Read on…

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