Skelton’s Guide to Blazing Corpses
by David Stafford
Things are hotting up and merely investigating the crimes is starting to lead to more and more danger for Skelton, Edgar, and, even Rose.
5th November, Guy Fawkes Night, 1930. Bonfires are blazing, rockets burst. In a country lane, revellers discover a car that has been set on fire. At first they assume that this is the work of vandals taking the Guy Fawkes spirit a little too far, sitting at the wheel is a body, charred beyond recognition.
The initial assumption is that the owner of the car, Mr William Hodge, a successful travelling salesman has taken his own life. The post mortem, however, reveals that Mr Hodge was either unconscious or dead before the fire was lit. When Tommy Blamire, a local criminal, is charged with the murder, barrister Arthur Skelton believes him to be innocent, so sets out to ensure justice is served.