Sian Busby was an award-winning writer, broadcaster and film maker. She published four books, including The Cruel Mother, a memoir of her great-grandmother which won the Mind Book Award in 2004. She was married to the BBC Business editor, Robert Peston, and had two sons. She died in September 2012.
Elegant - spell-binding * Daily Mail *
Brilliantly evoked * The Sunday Times *
A classic whodunit at its very best * The Express *
A cracking book.
A writer with a rare and singular dedication to authenticity - the atmosphere Busby evokes is as melancholic as Graham Greene's The End of the Affair. * The Times *
It is a fitting monument to a writer of rare subtlety. * Mail on Sunday *
Demonstrates her special strength as a teller of authentic, poignant stories. * The Daily Telegraph *
The sense of austerity and a crippled city recovering from war permeates every page, while the arrival of rumpled Divisional Detective Inspector Jim Cooper just adds to its striking authenticity. * Daily Mail *
This is the best new book that I have read in a long time. It's a cliche but I really could not put it down. The backdrop of London in 1946 is set out perfectly and the characters draw you in to their world with ease. * Good Reads website *