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by Barbara Nadel

In the dark days of the Blitz, crime goes undercover...

Undertaker Francis Hancock has seen the worst that humanity can do to itself. Why then does the murder of a young gypsy girl in Epping Forest move him so much? Travellers, gypsies, the homeless, deserters and German spies inhabit this stretch of open ground that was once her home. Francis knows it's not wise to delve into this human melting pot, but he is drawn to the exotic customs of the gypsies, their music and magic. But as he investigates the girl's murder further, the death toll rises and Francis uncovers a much bigger conspiracy, at the heart of which lies something even Adolf Hitler is prepared to kill for...

Download After the Mourning (Francis Hancock) epub
ISBN: 0755321383
ISBN13: 978-0755321384
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Barbara Nadel
Language: English
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group; 1st edition (December 28, 2006)
ePUB size: 1275 kb
FB2 size: 1132 kb
Rating: 4.2
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Hard to get into. I rarely stop reading a book, but this one was an exception. I liked her other series, but thought this was poor
Eh, a quick, non involving read.
This is the second in the series about Francis Hancock the undertaker, set in 1940's London Blitz, and I found it much better than the first, now Nadel has got into her stride with the characters.
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.