War Damage

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London in the aftermath of World War II is a beaten down, hungry place, so it’s no wonder that Regine Milner’s Sunday house parties are so popular. But when one of Regine’s party guests turns up dead, there is no shortage of suspects.

War Damage is full of secrets, sexual experimentation, and surprises.

Elizabeth Wilson is an independent researcher and writer best known for her commentaries on feminism and ...

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Overview

London in the aftermath of World War II is a beaten down, hungry place, so it’s no wonder that Regine Milner’s Sunday house parties are so popular. But when one of Regine’s party guests turns up dead, there is no shortage of suspects.

War Damage is full of secrets, sexual experimentation, and surprises.

Elizabeth Wilson is an independent researcher and writer best known for her commentaries on feminism and popular culture. She is currently a visiting professor at the London College of Fashion.

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Like Wilson's The Twilight Hour (2007), also set in post-WWII London, this whodunit suffers from an ordinary plot and less-than-convincing characterizations. Shortly after Freddie Buckingham attends a house party thrown by writer and socialite Regine Milner, he's murdered on Hampstead Heath. The police investigation naturally leads them to Regine, her husband, Neville, and their guests. Neville uses his status as Buckingham's executor as justification for entering the dead man's rooms in advance of the authorities, where the couple discovers that some indelicate photographs are missing. Regine's withholding of information from the authorities, which parallels the actions of Dinah Wentworth, the socialite heroine of The Twilight Hour, places her in predictable difficulties. A police detective sergeant, whose over-the-top infatuation with Regine compromises him personally, adds little. The absence of a compelling puzzle isn't compensated for by any particular insights into postwar London society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846686504
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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An independent researcher & writer best known for her commentaries on feminism & popular culture, Elizabeth Wilson is currently Visiting Professor at the London College of Fashion. She is the author of several non-fiction books including Adorned in Dreams: Fashion and Modernity, and Bohemians: The Glamorous Outcasts. She has written two other crime novels: The Lost Time Café and Poisoned Hearts
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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    exhilarating post WWII police procedural

    In 1949, ballet critic Freddie Buckingham leaves a party hosted by socialite Regine Milner and begins walking across Hampstead Heath when he is shot to death. The police investigate the homicide.

    Detective Chief Inspector Plumer and Detective Sergeant Murray quickly find a horde of people with motives to kill overtly homosexual Freddie. People from his personal life and his professional life with grudges against him seem everywhere. Even the hostess with the mostest is considered a suspect. However, none from the performing arts, the homosexuals, the bohemians, politicians or starving socialites stand out from anyone else. All seem to have in common a refrain of rejoicong that Freddie's dead.

    This is an exhilarating post WWII police procedural that has a Noir feel to it, but no detective is hard boiled; the Noir comes from the atmosphere of the "Heath" and London in 1949 as unexploded bombs remain from the war, buildings are derelict and damaged but people reside in them, and the gritty dark fog enhances every step of the plot. Aptly titled WAR DAMAGE is everywhere. Although the introduction to just about all the party goers seems overwhelming at first, fans will enjoy this fine historical whodunit as Freddie's death enables Elizabeth Wilson to provide a tour of the war torn city.

    Harriet Klausner

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