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Murder on the Home Front — The Unique Wartime Memoirs of a Pathologist's Secretary - Molly Lefebure

Grafton, 1990, Paperback ..
Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps. Pages very slightly age-tanned.

First in this edition. [First: Heinemann, 1954] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Murder on the Home Front is Molly Lefebure’s fascinating memoir of her time as pathologist Keith Simpson’s secretary from 1940 to 1945. Dealing with anything from ten to twenty-eight bodies in a day, on an endless round of post-mortems from Portsmouth to Paddington, Miss Lefebure took her portable typewriter — and strong stomach — into the autopsy room to transcribe Simpson’s notes as, under his skilled hands, the corpses yielded up their secrets. With Simpson, she investigated murders, suicides, manslaughters, infanticides, accidents and criminal abortions on a never-ending exploration of London - from the filthy courtyards and tenements of Limehouse and Bethnal Green to the plushy affluence and sordid secrets of the West End. Journeying into the country she examined corpses in copses and cottages, among cabbages and on cricket pitches — each body with its own tale to tell. Presenting a series of vividly described cases and colourful portraits of murderers, mortuary attendants and policemen, Murder on the Home Front is the occasionally shocking, always charming inside account of scientific detection in wartime Britain.”
Size: A Format (7" x 4½")
Number of Pages: 299
ISBN: 0586208542

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