Murder on the Home Front

Murder on the Home Front

A True Story of Morgues, Murderers, and Mysteries During the London Blitz

eBook - 2014
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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 know 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 somber 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 humor and a rebellious spirit, Molly tells her own remarkable true story here with warmth and wit, painting a vivid portrait of wartime London.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2014.
Edition: First Grand Central Publishing edition.
Copyright Date: ©1954
ISBN: 9781455532049
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 272 pages) : illustrations

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Aug 03, 2017

This is a delightful book with a happy ending - No peeking, except that you are allowed to read the "Questions for Discussion" (pp.271-272) as you go along. If one of your hobbies is collecting old sayings, you will learn another one with this book: "Block a light, and the horse's nightcap is a stone ginger." The meaning is perfectly obvious.

Apr 30, 2014

This book is set in the same period in
England as the BBC "Foyle's War." It takes place after Foyle and Milnor arrive, look at the body and then the men from the Coroner's office take the body away. At that point Dr. CKS & Miss Molly arrive to figure out how the person died. The author, who is writing an autobiography of her young adult years, writes well and is entertaining, even when dealing with the dead. She is especially funny when it comes to her female friends who are practically blood thirsty when they are alone with her and go into the feminine wiles of pretending that they cannot stand to look at her pictures when their menfolk are around. Good thing that women no longer have to do that any longer!

I am not saying that all the deaths happened in Cornwall, they happened all over England, but the story is pretty much the same: the ME needs to determine cause of death and has to be called before the body can be transferred to the Undertakers.

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