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Author: Molly Lefebure Narrator: Lucy Rayner Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781478902409
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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 know 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 somber 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 humor and a rebellious spirit, Molly tells her own remarkable true story here with warmth and wit, painting a vivid portrait of wartime London. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Gripping…like a pitch-dark version of Call the Midwife, dealing with the end of life rather than the beginning…Full of fascinating incidents, it is easy to see why this has been made into a drama by the creators of Downton Abbey.

    Sunday Mirror (London)

  • “A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at mid-century crime-fighting.”

    Independent (London)

  • “A secretary to a formidable London pathologist during World War II reissues her wry, grisly account of murder and corpses, first published in 1955…Preserves like a frozen capsule the British grin-and-bear-it spirit and vocabulary of the WWII years.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Molly Lefebure was secretary to acclaimed forensic pathologist Dr. Keith Simpson during the Second World War. Her memoir of her time at the Department of Forensic Medicine was originally published in 1955 as Evidence for the Crown. She went on to write children's books, a biography of Coleridge and several novels and became a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature before her death in 2013.

About the Narrator

Lucy Rayner is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and award-winning British actress. She has starred in numerous short and feature-length films, including English20 and Total Retribution. For her performance in Bolero, she was named Best Supporting Actress at the 2013 Madrid International Film Festival. She has worked on both sides of the Atlantic in a number of theater productions and films, many of which have screened at festivals around the world. She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Edinburgh and is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.