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Murder on the Home Front

Molly Lefebure

Published on: 14/03/2013

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The remarkable memoir of Molly Lefebure, secretary to the Home Office’s chief forensic pathologist during the Second World War.

Now adapted for television, to be broadcast on ITV in 2013.

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 with warmth and wit, painting a vivid portrait of wartime London.



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About the author:

Molly Lefebure

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. Now in her nineties, […]


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