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A COMMONPLACE KILLING BY SIAN BUSBY

December 31, 2013

9781780721484A COMMONPLACE KILLING BY SIAN BUSBY

LONDON, 1946 THE WAR IS OVER AND SO ARE THE CELEBRATIONS

AS READ ON BBC RADIO 4

On a damp July morning in 1946, two schoolboys  find a woman’s body in a bom site in North London. The woman is identified as Lillian Frobisher, a wife and mother who lived in a war damaged terrace a few streets away.

The police assume that Lil must have been the victim of a vicious sexual assault, but the autopsy finds no evidence of rape, and Divisional Detective Inspector Jim Cooper turns his attention to her private life.

How did Lil come to be in the bomb site- a well-known lover’s haunt?. If she had consensual sex, why was she strangled?. Why was her husband seemingly unaware that she had failed to come home on the night she was killed?.

In this gripping murder story, Sian Busby gradually peels away the veneer of stoicism and respectability to reveal the dark truths at the heart of postwar austerity Britain.

Sadly while Sian was writing A Commonplace Killing Sian Busby died 2012 from lung cancer. She never smoked a cigarette. The cancer spread to the brain then later to the liver and spine.

My review

It is very sad that the very talented author Sian Busby died from lung cancer in September 2012. This a very beautiful well written postwar novel. The memories of this story will stay with me forever. This story has been read on BBC radio 4. The story is a masterpiece with two schoolboys who find the body of a woman. Division detective Inspector Jim Cooper and DI Lucas find the woman laying spread out upon the ground with a mans navy-blue raincoat underneath her. It occurs to detective Inspector Jim Cooper while looking at her this is a woman who does not look like a tart she was good-looking about forty. DI Jim noted that she had peroxide and carefully waved hair. Her nails were lacquered she wore a smart well-fitted skirt and jacket with a laundered blouse and had undarened nylons with high heel shoes. DI Jim Cooper could see evidently this woman took good care of herself. DI Jim thought that Somebody somewhere will be missing her. It appears that nobody living the murder scene heard or witnessed anything. I recommend A Commonplace Killing to all readers and this would make good reading for any book clubs. I hope that many readers will enjoy reading A Commonplace Killing by the late Sian Busby as much as I have.

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2 Comments
  1. Great review. I really enjoyed this book too, wasn’t the foreword written by her husband exceptionally moving?

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