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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,393 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bess Crawford Mysteries Release Date:
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The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916, she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When the hospital ship is sunk by a mine and she is sent home to England to recover from her wounds, Bess is determined to fulfill her promise at last. There the enigmatic message is treated with skepticism. Then the family’s safe world is turned upside down when another brother comes home, dying of pneumonia. Knowing what it cost the young officer to rely on a stranger to speak for him, Bess takes upon herself this duty to the dead, so that Arthur can rest in peace. But it isn’t as straightforward as she expects, when she hears the whispers in the village of Owlhurst—and in the end, the price of uncovering the truth will mean putting her own life at risk for Arthur’s sake. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Rosalyn Landor achieves the perfect timbre for Bess’ firm yet feminine introspection. Voices of men are remarkably strong and forthright, and Landor even sparkles with crisp accents from other parts of the British Isles.”


  • “Fans of independent women sleuths like Maisie Dobbs will welcome this new addition to their ranks.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Will readers miss Inspector Rutledge? You bet. But anyone who cares to loll in early-twentieth 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

  • Selected for the September 2009 Indie Next List
  • A 2010 Macavity Award Nominee for the Sue Feder Historical Mystery
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 2/20/2014

    " I was disappointed in the new character from Charles Todd. Where his Ian Rutledge seems to be weighing the pros and cons of each thought about the crimes. Bess seems to be jumping to conclusions and making the events fit her imagination. The story was interesting - Bess goes to the family of a dying man to pass on a message and becomes involved with the family and helps to right a wrong form years before. Bess is strong and rather independent but just didn't feel for her the way I do for Todd's other series character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 2/20/2014

    " A nurse comes home to recuperate from a broken arm during WWI. Little does she know that the request of a dying soldier would send her into the arms of a family with many secrets. Interesting and authentic from the very beginning. Hard to put down once I started. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara A. | 2/19/2014

    " Enjoyed this a great deal. A terrific first chapter--the torpedoing/sinking of The Britanic! A wonderful page turner. Atmospheric and detail rich--esp the references to Bess Crawford's childhood in India. Though all gets wrapped up a bit too neatly and quickly at the end...I am now officially a Bess Crawford/Charles Todd fan! Heavenly to know that there are 3 more in print! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dawn | 2/13/2014

    " I liked the time frame of this book, and was intrigued by Bess' service during the war. I thought Bess was an interesting enough detective, the mystery readable and the characters engaging. But somewhere past the middle of the book, the story began to drag a bit, I got impatient for some kind of resolution, and my interest began waning. Finding out what the heck is going on just seems to take a long time. But it wasn't a bad book; I enjoyed the first half and finished the book still liking Bess and many of the characters. "

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