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Publisher's Summary

Please note: Blessed Are the Dead has also been published under the alternate title Silent Valley.
A remote town. A girl of rare and exquisite beauty. A murder that silences a whole community.
The body of a seventeen-year-old girl has been found covered in wildflowers on a hillside in the Drakensberg Mountains, near Durban. She is the daughter of a Zulu chief, destined to fetch a high bride price. Was Amahle as innocent as her family claims, or is her murder a sign that she lived a secret life?
Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper is sent to investigate. He must enter the guarded worlds of a traditional Zulu clan and a white farming community to gather up the clues Amahle left behind and bring her murderer to justice. But the silence in the valley is deafening, and it seems that everyone - from the uncooperative local police officer, to the white farm boy who seems obsessed with the dead girl - has something to hide.
With no cause of death and no motive, Cooper's investigation is blocked at each turn. Can he tough it out, or will the small-town politics that stir up his feelings about the past be more than he can bear?
In this tale of murder and mystery, Nunn entangles us in a rich and complex web of witchcraft, tribalism, taboo relationships...and plain old-fashioned greed.
©2012 Malla Nunn (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Will ... resonate in your mind long after you have turned the last page." (Courier Mail)
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5 out of 5 stars
By DRae on 09-22-17

Glad to hear Emmanuel back

I always am checking to see if there are any more books in the series and get them right away. This book was no let down the story kept me guessing to the last. Malla’s characters are realistic and the stories are never a disappointment. Only bad part I now have to wait for the next one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Desiree on 05-12-17

Fantastic!!

Such a gift for story telling, I truly enjoyed this book. So hard to find a book that doesn't drag, get boring and that you can predict what's going to happen. So worth the credit!!

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