Saturday, June 13, 2015

Book Review: Murder on the Home Front

Every now and then I read a book that stays with me long after I have finished the last page. That happened to me recently when I stumbled upon Molly Lefebure's "Murder on the Home Front." Originally published in 1955 as "Evidence for the Crown," it was reissued in 2014 by Hatchette Books.

Miss Molly, as she became known, began her career as a newspaper journalist. A chance meeting with pathologist Dr. Keith Simpson led her to change jobs and become his secretary between 1941 and 1945. She was the first woman to work in a mortuary, and over time was present at more than 8,000 post mortems!

Written in conversational style and interspersed with wit and spot-on
observations about people and events in war time England, the memoir reads like a fictional whodunit. As with many women at that time, Molly quit her job after the war to get married and raise her children. Fortunately for her readers, she returned to writing and published children's books, novels, two studies on drug addiction as well as a biography on Samuel Taylor Coleridge. She passed away in 2013 at the age of 93.

Highly recommended! Available for those local to Wolfeboro at The Country Bookseller or you can find it on Amazon.

What book have you read recently that made an impression on you?

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