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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bess Crawford Mysteries Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9780062395672
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An explosion and fire at the Ashton Gunpowder Mill in Kent has killed over a hundred men. It’s called an appalling tragedy—until suspicion and rumor raise the specter of murder. While visiting the Ashton family, Bess Crawford finds herself caught up in a venomous show of hostility that doesn’t stop with Philip Ashton’s arrest. Indeed, someone is out for blood, and the household is all but under siege.

The only known witness to the tragedy is now at the Front in France. Bess is asked to find him. When she does, he refuses to tell her anything that will help the Ashtons. Realizing that he believes the tissue of lies that has nearly destroyed a family, Bess must convince him to tell her what really happened that terrible Sunday morning. But now someone else is also searching for this man.

To end the vicious persecution of the Ashtons, Bess must risk her own life to protect her reluctant witness from a clever killer intent on preventing either of them from ever reaching England.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As always, the Todds deftly juggle clues and red herrings, leading Bess and readers on a brisk chase…Their intimate knowledge of rural England and the Great War period inject Bess’ first-person account with a hefty dose of verisimilitude.”

    Wilmington Star-News (North Carolina)

  • “The seventh book in an excellent series featuring Bess Crawford.”

    Contra Costa Times (California)

  • “Fans of the Crawford series should really enjoy this installment, and anyone who enjoys WWI or between-the-wars mysteries starring resolute women (Maisie Dobbs, for example) should get to know Bess Crawford right away.”


  • “Bess’ seventh case does its strong, determined heroine credit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Rosalyn Landor is a sublime choice to narrate this seventh Bess Crawford mystery…Landor captures each character to perfection, including his or her social or military status and emotional range. Landor’s best portrayals are the warm, intelligent, determined Crawford herself and her willing assistant, Sergeant Lassiter, a ‘Kookaburra’—whistling Australian. Listeners will enjoy hearing Crawford use her many contacts to arrive at the truth while also getting a very personal look at the horror of the war.”


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About the Author
Author Charles Todd

Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother-son writing team, are the New York Times bestselling authors of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. They live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.

About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.