Murder on the Home Front: A True Story of Morgues, Murderers and Mysteries in the Blitz (Paperback)Molly Lefebure (author)
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It is 1941. While the 'war of chaos' rages in the skies above London, an unending fight against violence, murder and the criminal underworld continues on the streets below.
One ordinary day, in an ordinary courtroom, forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks a keen young journalist to be his secretary. Although the 'horrors of secretarial work' don't appeal to Molly Lefebure, she's intrigued to find out exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door.
Capable and curious, 'Miss Molly' quickly becomes indispensible to Dr Simpson as he meticulously pursues the truth. Accompanying him from sombre morgues to London's most gruesome crime scenes, Molly observes and assists as he uncovers the dark secrets that all murder victims keep.
With a sharp sense of humour and a rebellious spirit, Molly tells her own remarkable true story here with warmth and wit, painting a vivid portrait of wartime London.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 208 g
Dimensions: 130 x 201 x 19 mm
A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at mid-century crime-fighting * Independent *
Lefebure's youthful bravery shines through, while the grim conditions showcase her terrific wit.
Preserves like a frozen capsule the British grin-and-bear-it spirit and vocabulary of the WWII years.
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“An interesting read”
A good companion book to Prof Keith Simpson's "Forty Years of Murder". I would not have complained if Molly Lefebure's book had been twice its 278 pages.
Highly recommended. Makes you feel as though you are there with her at the inception of forensic science. It makes you realize there have alway been horrific crimes to be solved.
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