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A Commonplace Killing

A Commonplace Killing

(2013)
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"A grippingly atmospheric murder story revealing the dark truths behind the vaneer of stoicism and respectability in postwar British society."
Lucy Cavendish


Set in the bleakness and confusion of post-WWII London, this gripping psychological thriller unravels the double life of a seemingly proper middle-class woman found strangled to death.On a damp July morning in 1946, two schoolboys find a woman's body in an abandoned churchyard in Holloway, north London. She had been strangled and left on a pile of rubble with her clothes and handbag left intact. The police assume that the victim, identified as Lillian Parry, was the random victim of an ex-serviceman looking for a cheap thrill, but the autopsy finds no evidence of sexual assault. The mysterious case sets Divisional Detective Inspector Jim Cooper on a mad search for answers to the many questions surrounding the woman's private life: How did Lil, who lived nearby with her family, come to be in the churchyard - a well-known lovers' haunt? If she hadn't been raped, why was she strangled? How could her husband have failed to notice that she never came home on the night she was murdered? As DDI Cooper unravels the case, the facts point to a postwar world of disillusionment, bitterness, and emotional disturbance - a world where getting back to normal proves far more difficult than the cheerful optimism that the news reels suggest... Brilliantly plotted, fast-paced, and utterly suspenseful, A Commonplace Killing interweaves an account of Lil's last day with the mystery of the investigation into her murder. What results is a sweeping journey through post-war London that will intrigue and shock you through the very last page.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: A Commonplace Killing
Author(s): Sian Busby
ISBN: 1-4450-9938-1 / 978-1-4450-9938-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: A Commonplace Killing
Author(s): Sian Busby
ISBN: 1-4450-9939-X / 978-1-4450-9939-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: A Commonplace Killing
Author(s): Sian Busby
ISBN: 1-4767-7742-X / 978-1-4767-7742-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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January 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: A Commonplace Killing
Author(s): Sian Busby
ISBN: 1-78072-206-0 / 978-1-78072-206-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: A Commonplace Killing: A Novel
Author(s): Sian Busby
ISBN: 1-4767-3029-6 / 978-1-4767-3029-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books/Marble Arch Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: A Commonplace Killing: A Novel
Author(s): Sian Busby
ISBN: 1-78072-148-X / 978-1-78072-148-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

June 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: A Commonplace Killing
Author(s): Sian Busby
ISBN: 1-5318-3902-9 / 978-1-5318-3902-4
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

March 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: A Commonplace Killing
Author(s): Sian Busby
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

March 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: A Commonplace Killing
Author(s): Sian Busby
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: A Commonplace Killing: A Novel
Author(s): Sian Busby
Publisher: Atria Books/Marble Arch Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

May 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: A Commonplace Killing
Author(s): Sian Busby
Publisher: Short Books
Availability: Amazon UK   



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