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After the Mourning (Francis Hancock #2)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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 i
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 28th 2006 by Headline (first published July 3rd 2006)
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Jul 29, 2012 Liliana rated it liked it
This is my second Nadel book, my first re Francis Hancock. I liked it. The characters are well developed and beleivable. I liked the fact that Francis is not a conventional 'hero' but a human being like the rest of us.
Jan 13, 2013 Eri rated it did not like it
Shelves: uk, wwii, thrillers
I don't often read paperbacks with bewildering plot lines, but when I do, they come from the lending library at work and still have a sticker on the cover reading "£1.99 each or any 3 for £5".
Jul 30, 2012 Bettie☯ rated it it was ok
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Mimal


Read by.................. Martin Reid
Abr/Unabr.............. Unabridged
Series Name..............Francis H.
Position in Series.... ..2
# Of MP3 Files......... 8
Total Size.............. 197 MB
Total Runtime......... 9 Hours 36 Mins

Blurb - It is East London during the Blitz, October 1940 and undertaker Francis Hancock is called out to Epping Forest to attend to the corpse of a young gypsy girl who has died suddenly. At the wake, a gypsy named Lily claims to see a vision of the 'Blessed Virgin'. Mea
Jul 30, 2011 Josephine rated it liked it
This was a nice easy read. The setting in the East End of London in the second world war was different because it was included in the story in such a way as to make you realise not just the terror of being bombed night after night but also the day to day inconvenience and depression. The characters were a real mix, from the Indian undertakers family who were Catholic, the large number of Jewish people living in the area to the Romany people who were the victims of discrimination and intimidation ...more
Ann Tonks
Fascinating lead character in Francies Hancock - anglo-indian, damaged by WW1 experiences, undertaker. And if that wasn't enough, a story of Romany people in London during the Blitz. An original piece of detective story telling.
Jan 06, 2008 Tammy rated it did not like it
Recommended to Tammy by: a friend.
I read this hoping to learn more about the Roma (Travelers) life in England in WWII. I did not learn too much nor did I really like the book. I would not recommend it.
Apr 22, 2015 Judy rated it did not like it
A terrible book, especially compared to Barbara Nadel's other crime novels. The character development was awful and the plot so slow, it almost stopped.
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Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey. Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel trained as an actress before becoming a writer. Now writing full-time, she has previously worked as a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship's Good Companion Service and as a mental health advocate for the mentally disordered in a psychiatric hosp ...more
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