1934: In The Wake Of The Body

Author: Kes Earnshaw
Series: The Wildfire Series, Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: TrueFiction Books
Publication Year: 2020
Format: Ebook & Paperback
ASIN: B089T91Z7H
eBook Price: £3.99

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In the Wake of the Body can be read as a stand-alone murder mystery, but it’s a lot more: a depiction of early Nazi Germany through the eyes of four teenagers who didn’t expect it all to go so horribly wrong; an exploration of the physical, emotional, moral and spiritual struggles of adolescence in a time that we’d like to think was so different but was actually so similar…

Karl, Ludwig, Gustav and Miti are four friends growing up in Nazi Bavaria – four friends whose families have wildly different perspectives on the Government; four friends with problems enough to be getting on with. But when Gustav discovers a gruesome corpse in the woodland near his home, his friends decide the only way he’ll come to terms with the experience is if they find the murderer and make sure justice is done. So despite their personal issues, they come together in a hunt for the killer.

They are helped by the benevolent Dr. Grunfeld, the no-nonsense Detective Inspector Blunt and Karl’s own father – a local Nazi Party leader with useful army experience. But the adults might not be as dependable as they first appear: they too are facing problems – Karl’s father,  a member of the S.A., is horrified by the decimation of his division by the up-and-coming S.S.; Blunt is struggling to keep his job and Dr. Grunfeld is drinking to forget…

Then there are the others: the ambitious young detective Wiener; the kindly but defensive maid, Frau Schickler, who seems determined to protect her employers; the all-powerful Head of the SS… and that’s before we even get to the suspects.

In the Wake of the Body can be read as a stand-alone murder mystery, but it’s a lot more: a depiction of early Nazi Germany through the eyes of four teenagers who didn’t expect it all to go so horribly wrong; an exploration of the physical, emotional, moral and spiritual struggles of adolescence in a time that we’d like to think was so different…