A Commonplace Killing, Sian Busby

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London, July 1946. A woman’s body is found in a disused bomb site off the Holloway Road. She is identified as Lillian Frobisher, a ‘respectable wife and mother’ who lived with her family nearby.

The police assume that Lillian must have been the victim of a sexual assault; but when the autopsy finds no evidence of rape, they turn their attention to her private life… How did she come to be in the bomb site, a well-known lovers haunt? Why was her husband seemingly unaware that she’d failed to come home on the night she was killed?

In this deeply evocative crime drama, Siân Busby strips away the veneer of stoicism and respectability in post-war Britain to reveal a society riven with disillusionment and loss.

Publisher: Short Books, Jan 2014

Debbie: Set in post WW2 London it’s about the murder of a housewife. Descriptively it’s really well written, but it’s described as a “Whodunnit” and I don’t think it really took much detective work to work out who did do it as there are only a few characters in the book?!? Not really gripping or fast-moving enough for me – just a nice pleasant read – so only 3 out of 5…

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