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Ghastly Business by Louise Levene
  

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For the first half of this book the story is irrelevant, the enjoyment is in the telling. The language, lightness of tone and wonderful imagery are masterful. This is 1928 and a ghastly murder headlines the News of the World. Our heroine is a secretary/assistant to a pathologist, a man whom she soon falls prey to. He is not all that he seems, becoming a ghastly man in a ghastly business. The scientifically detailed descriptions are fascinating, adding real depth and colour to a truly engaging and original tale. Levene is an excellent story teller.

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Synopsis

Ghastly Business by Louise Levene

1929. A girl is strangled in a London alley, the mangled corpse of a peeping Tom is found in a railway tunnel and the details of the latest trunk murder are updated hourly in the evening papers. Into this world steps Dora Strang, doctor's daughter and filing clerk to the country's pre-eminent pathologist, Alfred Kemble. Thrilled by the post-mortems and court cases, Dora is further fascinated by Kemble himself, a glamorous and enigmatic war hero. But her job holds several surprises and as things take a distinctly ghastly turn the tabloid journalists sharpen their pencils in morbid anticipation...

Reviews

'She writes with such energy and panache that I found myself screaming with laughter ... Her characters are a delight [and] she gets the period beautifully right, so that one is all the time aware of the serious intent behind all the gruesome fun' Barbara Trapido

'Deliciously dark Sunday Express An energetic and witty yarn' Easy Living

'A wicked, witty tale of villainy, scandal, sex and science set in London in the 20's' S magazine

About the Author

Louise Levene is the author of A Vision of Loveliness, a BBC Book at Bedtime. She has been the dance critic of the Sunday Telegraph since 1998 but has also been an advertising copywriter, a window dresser, a radio presenter, an office cleaner, a crossword editor, a college professor and a saleslady. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2012

Author

Louise Levene

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408821909

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