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Short Synopsis
As the shadow of World War II descends over Europe, Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb hunts for an elusive killer behind the veil of a seemingly charming English village.

Full Synopsis
German bombers are arriving daily, seeking to crush England. But in a rural Hampshire village, things have remained fairly quiet—until an elderly loner, Will Blackwell, is brutally murdered. The method of his killing bears the hallmarks of the traditional vanquishing of a witch, and indeed, local legend claims that as a boy, Blackwell encountered a ghostly black dog sent from the devil, who struck a bargain for Blackwell's soul.

Not long after the murder, a young woman who is carrying the illegitimate child of a fighter pilot also is violently killed; then a local drunkard ends up in the race of an abandoned mill with the back of his head bashed in. As the Germans continue their relentless attack, Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb rushes to solve the crimes. Do the killer's motivations lie in the murky regions of the occult?

"Charles Todd fans will welcome Kelly's first novel, a superior whodunit set in WWII England." ---Publishers Weekly

"This is a thrilling read." ---Diana Bretherick, author of City of Devils

"[T]his superbly written, suspenseful mystery keeps the reader guessing from the very beginning to a startling conclusion." ---Gary Inbinder, author of The Devil in Montmartre

"Grindell delivers the narrative in a clear, straightforward manner. The author is fortunate to have his debut novel read by such an accomplished narrator." ---AudioFile

The Language of the Dead

A World War II Mystery

Author Stephen Kelly

Narrated by Shaun Grindell

Publication date Apr 15, 2015

Running time 10 hrs 15 min

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