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Murder on the home front : a true story of morgues, murderers and mystery in the Blitz / Molly Lefebure.

By: Lefebure, Molly [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Sphere, 2013Description: [ix], 278 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780751552041 (pbk.); 0751552046 (pbk.).Subject(s): Lefebure, Molly | Simpson, Keith, 1907-1985 | Forensic pathology -- England -- London | World War, 1939-1945 -- England -- London | Medical jurisprudence -- England -- LondonDDC classification: 614.1092
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Originally published: London : Heinemann, 1954. -Now a major TV series from the makers of Downton Abbey. -The remarkable memoir of Molly Lefebure, secretary to the Home Office's chief forensic pathologist during the Second World War.
Summary: The remarkable memoir of Molly Lefebure, secretary to the Home Office's chief forensic pathologist during the Second World War. It is 1941. There may be a 'war of chaos' in the skies over London, but 'the perpetual war against the underworld of crime' must nevertheless continue on the streets below. At 12 o'clock on a Spring day in a London Coroner's Court, famed forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks young journalist Molly Lefebure if she might like to become his secretary. Recalling the 'horror of secretarial work and secretarial young ladies', she turns him down flat, resolving to stick to twelve-hour days covering 'everything from Boy Scout meetings to the blitz'. By 3 o'clock that afternoon, curious about exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door, Molly has changed her mind. It is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.
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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.

Originally published: London : Heinemann, 1954.

TV tie-in.

Originally published: London : Heinemann, 1954. -Now a major TV series from the makers of Downton Abbey. -The remarkable memoir of Molly Lefebure, secretary to the Home Office's chief forensic pathologist during the Second World War.

The remarkable memoir of Molly Lefebure, secretary to the Home Office's chief forensic pathologist during the Second World War. It is 1941. There may be a 'war of chaos' in the skies over London, but 'the perpetual war against the underworld of crime' must nevertheless continue on the streets below. At 12 o'clock on a Spring day in a London Coroner's Court, famed forensic pathologist Dr Keith Simpson asks young journalist Molly Lefebure if she might like to become his secretary. Recalling the 'horror of secretarial work and secretarial young ladies', she turns him down flat, resolving to stick to twelve-hour days covering 'everything from Boy Scout meetings to the blitz'. By 3 o'clock that afternoon, curious about exactly what goes on behind a mortuary door, Molly has changed her mind. It is the beginning of an extraordinary adventure.