Tasked by his news editor to come up with a sensational article about old, unsolved murders, reporter Eric Braden finds himself in rural Warwickshire, investigating the horrific death of a local Lothario, whose body was surrounded by pagan symbols. The detective from the original investigation is now a broken man and reluctant to tell his story, but there are others who demand answers, even all these years later.
As Braden delves deeper, encountering hostility and denial at every step, he soon realises that village life is not as innocuous as the locals would have him believe and that something unimaginably dark still resides here, waiting to be released....
Directed by Helen Goldwyn.
Reporter Eric Braden is asked by his News Editor to write some articles on unsolved murder cases for their newspaper. Choosing the case of a man murdered in rural England with a pitch-fork, and whose body was found surrounded by pagan symbolism, Eric Braden sets off on his task and so begins a dark murder mystery involving witchcraft and strange locals in two rural communities. (All of whom could be extras in one of those old Hammer Horror movies!)
Narrator Barnaby Edwards does a great job at reading this story and he manages the various accents in a convincing style as the story unfolds and is told from various points of view as the backstory of the original murder is explained in second-hand narratives.
The Evil Therof is a murder mystery full of intrigue, red herrings and misdirection... along with the supernatural elements that give this story a dark tone. There is, of course, the obligatory twist at the end too.
Overall I found this audiobook to be an enjoyable listen that kept me interested until the end.