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A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mysteries)

A DUTY TO THE DEAD (BESS CRAWFORD MYSTERIES)

by: Todd, Charles
Format: Paperback

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Product Description Dedicated to helping the many wounded during the Great War, Bess Crawford receives a desperate request from a dying lieutenant while serving as a nurse aboard a hospital ship. "Tell my brother Jonathan that I lied," the young man says. "I did it for Mother's sake. But it has to be set right." Back home in England, Bess receives an unexpected response from the dead soldier's family, for neither Jonathan Graham‚ his mother‚ nor his younger brother admit to understanding what the message means. But the Grahams are harboring a grim secret, and Bess must, somehow, get to the bottom of it. It is her sacred duty to the dead, no matter how painful, or dangerous, that obligation might be. 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 Dedicated to helping the many wounded during the Great War, Bess Crawford receives a desperate request from a dying lieutenant while serving as a nurse aboard a hospital ship. "Tell my brother Jonathan that I lied," the young man says. "I did it for Mother's sake. But it has to be set right." Back home in England, Bess receives an unexpected response from the dead soldier's family, for neither Jonathan Graham‚ his mother‚ nor his younger brother admit to understanding what the message means. But the Grahams are harboring a grim secret, and Bess must, somehow, get to the bottom of it. It is her sacred duty to the dead, no matter how painful, or dangerous, that obligation might be. About the Author Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.

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Product Code: 9780061791772
ISBN: 0061791776
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: 2010-08-17
Number of Pages: 350 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Reprint
Dimension: 5.2 x 0.91 x 7.91 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.43 pounds