Harriet Walter reads Episode Two of a dark and mysterious thriller by Sian Busby.
Detective Cooper doesn't relish the prospect of investigating the murder of a prostitute on a bomb site. In the middle of an unprecedented crime wave in that hot London summer of 1946, it seems like an awful lot of effort to put in for a commonplace killing. The only light relief in his life is the young Policewoman Tring from the A4 Women's branch who has been assigned as his driver.
Lillian Frobisher, meanwhile, is dreaming of escape from a life of chamber pots and ration books.
When her husband Walter had come back from the war, they'd agreed to give things a go for the sake of their son Douglas, but Lillian is growing increasingly resentful and irritated by him. She's still a good looking woman, despite her age, and she spends time on her appearance. She was a woman who had enjoyed herself during the war, and she can't help but long for the days before Walter returned to her.
A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby, abridged by Lauris Morgan Griffiths.