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A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby

By Sian Busby

London, July 1946. A woman's physique is located in a disused bomb web site off the Holloway highway. She is pointed out as Lillian Frobisher, "a first rate spouse and mother" who lived together with her kin within sight. The police imagine that Lillian should have been the sufferer of a sexual attack; but if the post-mortem unearths no proof of rape, they flip their consciousness to her deepest existence - How did she end up within the bomb web site, a well known lovers' hang-out? Why was once her husband doubtless unaware that she'd didn't come domestic at the evening she was once killed? during this deeply evocative crime drama, Sian Busby strips away the veneer of stoicism and respectability in post-war Britain to bare a society riven with disillusionment and loss.

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He said, as Sister Alice began to collect her files again and cram them into her briefcase. “You credit me with influence. Thank you for the frisson. ” Sister Alice avoided the question while implying that scheduling matters were far beneath her. “Still, I’ll pass your concerns along. I’m sure Father Mike will want to have a heart-to-heart with you. ” She stood up so fast the chair came an inch off the floor with her. They left the rectory together. Jeremy was silent. He didn’t think he’d done very well.

It seemed important—every minute was important. Ahead, Sister Alice paused on the rectory sidewalk and Jeremy nearly bumped into her. An orderly was fussing at the open doors of an ambulance. They were getting that woman out of harm’s way. She was half sitting up on the stretcher, waving her arms about, barking orders, and her kids looked fussed and flustered. The parking lot was partially cleared of cars by now, so the ambulance could maneuver, but Sister Alice wanted to beat it to the driveway.

They left. Tabitha liberated a PowerBar on the way out. Lord, give me strength, she thought. On the silence of her rubber-soled Reeboks she followed her classmates twenty paces behind. They passed through a door propped open with a chair and Tabitha heard a sound of metal locker doors banging, and she saw her classmates continue through an interior door to some further station. Probably to get their assignments. R. None of the lockers had locks on them. By the third try Tabitha had found Solange’s waxy white pharmaceutical bag and Hannah’s funky little pink purse advertising Cancun!

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