Murder on the Home Front : A True Story of Morgues, Murderers and Mysteries in the Blitz Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages, Integrated b/w photos.
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 14/03/2013
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780751552041
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Review by drmaf
Slightly disappointing. I read Keith Simpson's Classic 40 years of Murder many years ago and loved it, and I expected this to be in similar vein. However, I guess since Miss Lefubure was only Professor Simpson's secretary and not a qualified forensic scientist I should not have expected this. In fact its written exactly how you'd imagine a giddy young secretary would write. Its all over the place, flitting breathlessly from one case to the next, skimming over some and delivering excruciating detail on others. This does detract from the enjoyment because the book feels, although it really isnt, quite superficial. Nevertheless, its still a good read, because forensics, however its written, is always interesting, and she does deal with some fascinating cases that are now largely forgotten. In the final analysis, though, if it had been more slightly more cleverly written, this could have been one of the classics of the true forensics genre. As it is, however, its simply mildly interesting.