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Posted October 1, 2013
The setting is North London in 1945 at the end of World War II w
The setting is North London in 1945 at the end of World War II when some of the men were returning from combat to find their marriages in shambles. The women have had to survive while they were gone and some aren't willing to go back to the way it used to be.
Lillian Frobisher is disillusioned and desperately seeking some sort of spark in her life. She no longer loves her husband but they live in her ailing mother's house and she won't leave. With rations, she's forced to stand in bread lines for up to several hours which only adds to her dreams of finding something better. When her body is discovered by two young boys, it is believed she was a prostitute who crossed paths with a violent customer. But when the autopsy reveals that she was strangled but not raped, the mystery grabs you---and doesn't let you go until the last page.
The many twists left me wanting more. Unfortunate, Ms. Busby died before this novel was finished, and using her notes, her husband finished it for her. But that means no more of her stories in the future--and that's my loss.
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Posted October 25, 2013
Excellent Atmospheric Mystery
The late Busby has created a very realistic portrait of immediate post-war England. Dreariness, fatigue, and disappointment are major problems for most of the main characters, including the resolute but jaded detective. The characters are memorable and the settings are brilliantly portrayed. How sad that Busby died much too young. This is a wonderful novel for mystery lovers interested in Britain in the 1940s.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2013
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