German bobmers are arriving daily, seeking to crush England. But in a rural Hampshire village, things appear quiet, until an elderly loner, Will Blackwell, is brutally murdered. The killing bears the hallmarks of a traditional witch vanquishing, and indeed, local legend claims that as a boy, Blackwell made a deal with the devil.
Not long after, a young woman carrying the illegitimate child of a fighter pilot and a local drunkard are slain. As the Germans continue their relentless attack, Inspector Lamb rushes to solve the crimes. Does the killer’s motivation lie in the murky regions of the occult?
Now in paperback (July 2016, Pegasus), the first in the series of World War II mysteries featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lamb has received acclaim. Publishers Weekly calls The Language of the Dead “a superior whodunit” while Library Journal declares: “Fans of well-researched historical mysteries,particularly the world of Charles Todd and Charles Finch, will welcome this debut that introduces a complex, driven hero. ”
Stephen Kelly is an award-winning writer, reporter and newspaper columnist.