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She's Leaving Home

Shaw, William (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
She's Leaving Home
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"London, 1968: The body of a teenage girl is found just steps away from the Beatles' Abbey Road recording studio. The police are called to a residential street in St John's Wood where an unidentified young woman has been strangled. Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen believes she may be one of the many Beatles fans who regularly camp outside Abbey Road Studios. With his reputation tarnished by an inexplicable act of cowardice, this is Breen's last chance to prove he's up to the job. Breen is of the generation for whom reaching adulthood meant turning into one's parents and accepting one's place in the world. But the world around him is changing beyond recognition. Nothing illustrates the shift more than Helen Tozer, a brazen and rambunctious young policewoman assisting him with the case. Together they navigate a world on edge, where conservative tradition gives way to frightening new freedoms--and troubling new crimes"-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Shaw, William, 1959-
Title: She's leaving home
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books/Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: 1st North American ed
Characteristics: 421 p. ; 25 cm
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Quercus under the title A song for dead lips, August 2013"--Title page verso
Summary: "London, 1968: The body of a teenage girl is found just steps away from the Beatles' Abbey Road recording studio. The police are called to a residential street in St John's Wood where an unidentified young woman has been strangled. Detective Sergeant Cathal Breen believes she may be one of the many Beatles fans who regularly camp outside Abbey Road Studios. With his reputation tarnished by an inexplicable act of cowardice, this is Breen's last chance to prove he's up to the job. Breen is of the generation for whom reaching adulthood meant turning into one's parents and accepting one's place in the world. But the world around him is changing beyond recognition. Nothing illustrates the shift more than Helen Tozer, a brazen and rambunctious young policewoman assisting him with the case. Together they navigate a world on edge, where conservative tradition gives way to frightening new freedoms--and troubling new crimes"-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 9780316246842
0316246840
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sha
Statement of Responsibility: William Shaw
Subject Headings: London (England) Fiction Nigerians Fiction Women Violence against Fiction Murder Investigation Fiction Police Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Nigerians
Women
Murder
Police
LCCN: 2013038911
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Apr 29, 2014
  • anfieldfan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was a fantastic story and I loved the setting (1968 London) and the characters. I hope this is the start of a new series.

There are so many mysteries being published these days (and a lot are pretty predictable) but this debut stands out from the pack. It’s set in 1960s Britain where the body of a young woman is found in an upmarket neighbourhood. There is a sharp portrait of the time devoid of nostalgia as the sexism and racism that were prevalent, showing that Swinging Britain wasn’t a time for fun and games for everyone.

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