When Port Ellingham librarian and amateur sleuth Elizabeth Crump discovers the fingerless body of Reginald Appleby, the local newspaper editor, washed up on the beach, she is surprised to learn that Isaac Dalrymple, a recent migrant from Eritrea, has confessed to and is arrested for the horrible crime.
Despite the circumstantial evidence against Isaac, Elizabeth is convinced he is innocent and sets out to find the real killer. Somebody in the town wanted Appleby dead, but why? When Elizabeth starts digging, she discovers a sordid town secret and a killer determined to prevent anybody finding out what it is.
Naked Villainy is a cosy mystery story with an eccentric cast of characters and a humorous twist.