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A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)

A DUTY TO THE DEAD: A BESS CRAWFORD MYSTERY (BESS CRAWFORD MYSTERIES)

by: Todd, Charles
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description “Another winner....Todd again excels at vivid atmosphere and the effects of war in this specific time and place. Grade: A.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer   “Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear’s novels…are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.”—New York Times Book Review   Charles Todd, author of the resoundingly acclaimed Ian Rutledge crime novels (“One of the best historical series being written today” —Washington Post Book World) debuts an exceptional new protagonist, World War I nurse Bess Crawford, in A Duty to the Dead. A gripping tale of perilous obligations and dark family secrets in the shadows of a nightmarish time of global conflict, A Duty to the Dead is rich in suspense, surprise, and the impeccable period atmosphere that has become a Charles Todd trademark. From Publishers Weekly The winning first in a new WWI series from the bestselling mother-son Todds ( A Matter of Justice and 10 other Inspector Rutledge mysteries) introduces Bess Crawford, a resourceful British army nurse who's injured when her ship is sunk in 1916. While convalescing in England, Bess is tormented because she's put off delivering a message from Arthur Graham, a dying soldier under her care for whom she'd developed strong feelings, to his family. Her own brush with death prompts her to travel to Kent and transmit Arthur's cryptic last words to one of his three brothers. Bess becomes further enmeshed in the family's affairs after she learns the obscure message may relate to Graham's half-brother, Peregrine, who was committed to a local asylum for a girl's murder years before. The more Bess seeks to sate her curiosity, the more she suspects that the truth about the murder was suppressed. Fans of independent women sleuths like Maisie Dobbs will welcome this new addition to their ranks. (Sept.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review “Winning....Fans of independent women sleuths like Maisie Dobbs will welcome this new addition to their ranks.” (Publishers Weekly) “Anyone who cares to loll in early-20th century English villages and mores and follow a plucky heroine as she confronts the stupidity of war will find solace in this old-fashioned mystery.” (Kirkus Reviews) “Todd employs all the elements of a satisfying cozy mystery, with an absorbing plot and a charismatic heroine that will leave the reader wanting more.” (Library Journal) “Full of rich historical details, this novel contrasts the beauty of the English countryside with the horrors of a war that devastated families....Absorbing.” (Romantic Times) “Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear’s novels, or Hester Latterly, who saw action in the Crimean War in a series of novels by Anne Perry, are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.” (New York Times Book Review) “The superb start of a new historical series....A welcome old-fashioned mystery and a brilliant start to a character with plenty more to discover in future books.” (New Mystery Reader) “A compelling story, a complex mystery and a revealing look deep into human nature.” (Winston-Salem Journal (NC)) “A tense psychological drama, steeped in the tragedy of the Great War.” (Iron Mountain Daily (Michigan)) “Todd’s novels are known for compelling plotting with a thoughtful whodunit aspect, rich characterization, evocative prose and haunting atmosphere, and A Duty to the Dead excels at each. Another moving entry in a growing and distinguished body of work, it is neither easily put down nor easily forgotten.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch) “A Duty to the Dead has all the elements of a good mystery?action, suspense, murder, love, a damsel in distress.” (Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)) From the Back Cover The daughter of a distinguished soldier‚ Bess Crawfor

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Product Code: 9780061791765
ISBN: 0061791768
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2009-08-25
Number of Pages: 336 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1st
Dimension: 5.91 x 1.42 x 9.09 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds