After the Mourning (Francis Hancock Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Dec 2006
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'The denouement is exciting...the atmosphere of a city under nightly bombardment is very well portrayed and I'm looking forward to the next book' (Sunday Telegraph)
Gripping and unusual detective story, vivid and poignant (Literary Review)
Impeccable mystery plotting, exotic and atmospheric (Guardian)
'Intelligent and captivating' (The Sunday Times)
The second novel in Barbara Nadel's stunning Francis Hancock seriesSee all Product description
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In this book the shell-shocked undertaker, struggling to find enough wood for coffins and men to bear them, has been called to the scene of the death of a gypsy lady twice in two weeks. The first time was as a result of cancer, the second clearly murder. The gypsy family know and trust his family so nobody else will do, which means he has an old lady sitting in his shop to keep the body company and doctors, priests and other people, beside the police, coming and going.
Epping Forest is the scene of a gypsy camp and supernatural occurrences are believed to be happening, including a miracle vision. Francis is told that a German spy is hiding out here as well. With many Londoners hopeful for an end to the war, the forest draws a lot of attention, and Francis and his ladyfriend Hannah are not popular when they investigate the second death.
This is a good, unusual read, with nightly bombing raids and daily struggles to get by. We sympathise and shudder in equal measure. Give it a try if you are interested in mystery, the war or London.
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