A fascinating historical mystery by Sulari Gentill, author of #1 LibraryReads pick The Woman in the Library
Words of peace are sometimes the most dangerous language of all
When Rowland Sinclair offers to fly internationally renowned Czech novelist and peace advocate Egon Kisch to Melbourne to kick off a speaking tour, he has no clue that the government has charged the Attorney General with preventing Kisch from stepping foot on Australian soil. Then Jim Kelly, a known Communist, is ruthlessly murdered on the Parliament House steps. It's soon evident that an extreme fascist group is also intent on keeping Kisch's words from ever reaching their countrymen's ears—even if they have to kill him, or anyone helping him gain entry.
Rowland, meanwhile, reconnects with his first love, who has returned after years abroad and seeks him out. When the two are photographed in flagrante delicto by reporters, Rowland fears he has ruined her reputation, and proposes marriage—despite the fact that his heart belongs to someone else…
Certain to appeal to fans of Rhys Bowen, Kerry Greenwood, and Jacqueline Winspear, this WWII Mystery features political intrigue, dark secrets, a baffling crime, and an unstoppable amateur sleuth. Blending historical facts and figures with rollicking adventure, A Dangerous Language shows how far fanatics are willing to go to ensure that their side of the story is the only story people hear.
Early in Gentill's thrilling eighth mystery set in 1930s Australia (after Give the Devil His Due), real-life Czech journalist Egon Kisch arrives by boat at the port of Fremantle for a speaking tour. Aristocratic artist Rowland Sinclair offers to fly Kisch to Melbourne to give the keynote address at the National Congress against War and Fascism, unaware that the Australian government is trying to stop Kisch, a communist, from entering the country. After Kisch succeeds in getting into Australia, Rowly's faithful bohemian friends poet Milton Isaacs, a communist; landscape painter Clyde Jones; and sculptress Edna Higgins head to Canberra to await Kisch's arrival there. When Milton goes to Parliament House to meet fellow communist Jim Kelly, he finds the man's throat slit. Rowly, Milton, Clyde, and Edna are soon busy sorting out Kelly's murder, protecting Kisch, and dodging members of a ruthless clandestine arm of the New Guard, a fascist organization. Gentill provides romance, suspense, intrigue, and thought-provoking views on the easy appeal of jingoism. Through it all, Rowly continues to "speak what some called the truth and others considered a dangerous language." Readers will look forward to the further adventures of Rowly and friends.