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The Ghosts of Passchendaele
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As the bloody conflict of World War One finally ends, in the remote Oxfordshire village of Great Tew a mother grieves, and the dead walk in the night.
It’s 1919 and Claire Spense, the Dowager Lady Langford, is waging a furious campaign against government plans to bury the British war dead in France. She lost a son at Cambrai and wants his body back at their ancestral home in Great Tew.
When a demobbed soldier is found hanging in a tree, the local doctor isn’t convinced it is suicide and, aided by the village constable and Lady Langford’s shell-shocked youngest son, she sets out to discover the truth. But Edward Spense is still haunted by the events at Passchendaele that led to his breakdown.
In fact he thinks he might be going insane. Then, to his horror, his mother asks the impossible of him…
As Edward is forced to confront his past, the investigators begin to search for a cunning and dangerous murderer, hiding in an ancient landscape where the old religion still holds sway, and nothing is quite what it seems.
Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Ghosts of Passchendaele is a supernatural crime thriller set in an isolated English village at the end of the First World War.
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