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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,629 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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Tending to the soldiers in the trenches of France during the First World War, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford can’t help but notice the photo of a young pilot’s wife every time she tends to him. But then at the railway station, in a mob of troops leaving for the front, Bess glimpses a familiar face—the pilot’s wife? Back in France, Bess sees a newspaper with a drawing of the woman’s face on the front page. She’d been murdered—the very day Bess saw her. Bess is soon on the search for a devious and very dangerous killer—a search that will put her own life in jeopardy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A book rich in atmosphere and dense with plot.”

    St. Louis Post-Dipatch

  • “A superb whodunit…and a moving evocation of a world at war.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Finely plotted and full of meticulous period detail and deft characterizations.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Emily | 2/16/2014

    " Bess Crawford suffers in comparison to Charles Todd's other hero, Inspector Rutledge. Crawford's character is a little flat (Rutledge's war demons give him complexity). But even at the best of times Todd's secondary characters lack subtlety. In this effort it really shows. What I did enjoy is Todd's rendering of wartime England "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bonnie | 2/10/2014

    " I basically enjoyed this book, but I found myself thinking most of the way through it that I couldn't quite believe in the main character, Bess Crawford. I had the same problem in the first book. She gets a lot more involved in the lives of people she hardly knows than I can imagine anyone doing. Also, at one point she visits a very hostile person whom she hardly knows alone at night - sort of a "never, never do this" action that no one with half a brain would do. I frequently found myself with questions about the character of Simon: how old is this guy, how come he's always there whenever needed (does he have a Bess GPS implant or something), how come he can run around the country getting her out of scrapes as batman to a RETIRED colonel when practically any other ablebodied man is in the army? I'm probably going to feel foolish when someone who remembers the first book better than I do answers some of these questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zoe | 2/9/2014

    " Lovely, brooding complex mystery with an amateur sleuth with the dogged determination of a pro. Audio version read beautifully by Rosalyn Landor. Great for WWI buffs and fans of Maisie Dobbs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Billie | 2/4/2014

    " Interesting, lots of information regarding WW1 England and fighting in France. WW1 nurse Beth Crawford solves murder cases and nurses on the front lines. I really enjoyed this book. "

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