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The impending war (WWII) is not the only thing on the minds of the people of this pastoral English village. Sarah Causley has just assumed the duties as governess at Hallam House (it's 1936). All seem so laid-back and peaceful. That is, until the viciousness of the community comes out, directed at the Hallams. On top of that, the malice has turned to murder, when a corpse (and a skeleton) is left upon the pristine lawns of Hallam House. Robert Barnard, ever the expert, clearly is in charge of this suspenseful work--a book that cannot be put down until it's finished!
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Barnard is a master of suspense and "Skeleton in the Grass" is a good example of his work.
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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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