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Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Bess Crawford Mysteries Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9780062332318
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World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's career and life are in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch, in this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd

Arriving in London on leave, Bess Crawford receives an unusual summons from the War Office. She's been requested to accompany a wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace, where he's to be decorated for gallantry by King George himself.

Though she is certain she's never met or nursed Sergeant Jason Wilkins, she cannot refuse the honor. Heavily bandaged and confined to a wheelchair, the soldier will be in her care for barely a day. But on the morning after the ceremony when Bess goes to collect her charge for his return journey, she finds the room empty. How could such a severely wounded man simply vanish without a trace? Both the Army and the Nursing Service hold Bess to blame for losing the war hero. There is a humiliating inquiry, and the incident is noted in her record.

More disturbing news complicates her already difficult situation: The Army now considers Wilkins a deserter, and Scotland Yard questions her when Wilkins is suspected of killing a man in cold blood. If Bess is to clear her name and return to duty in France, she must prove that she was never his accomplice. But the sergeant has disappeared again and neither the Army nor the police can find him.

The moral implications—that a patient in her charge has committed murder—become more important to Bess than her own future. Accom-panied by her friend Simon Brandon, she heads north to find the missing man herself.

Carefully questioning suspicious locals, Bess and Simon follow a trail of clues across England. Drawn into a mystery that seems to grow darker with every discovery, they realize that this man has brought the war home to remote places far from the killing fields of France. But will uncovering the truth put more innocent people in jeopardy?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Todd has a sharp eye for scene and character, and he surrounds his leading lady with a lively cast.”

    Washington Times, praise for the author

  • “Absorbing…As usual, Todd (the mother-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd) effectively depicts the psychological effects of war.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Is Bess Crawford an accomplice to military desertion and murder? In her sixth outing, the World War I nurse is in trouble with the army and the police, and facing the possibility of being terminated from the nursing service…Todd’s mystery is a puzzle that readers will enjoy trying to solve, but lead characters Bess and her friend Simon keep the pages turning.”

    Library Journal

  • “A runaway soldier forces nursing sister Bess Crawford to find a killer and clear her name during World War I…Bess’ sixth case recycles two motifs from her fifth: confused identity and blighted honor. Despite all the convenient happenstance and all the wounded veterans roaming the English countryside, Bess’ courage and determination triumph over all.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Rosalyn Landor’s male voices are impressive and much in demand in nurse Bess Crawford’s sixth outing. WWI is nearing its end, and Bess is is asked to assist badly wounded Sergeant Wilkins to collect his medal from Buckingham Palace. Wilkins absconds from his hotel room after the ceremony, and Bess finds herself accused of aiding a deserter. Determined to clear her name, she sets out to track the missing man. Landor captures the tone of the period accurately but subtly, and in dialogue she juggles British regional variations and class distinctions with ease. Although it’s part of a well-established series, this title can be enjoyed by those new to the series.”

    AudioFile

  • An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month in Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An August 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd, a mother-and-son writing team who write the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries and the Bess Crawford mysteries, as well as stand-alone novels. Their novel Proof of Guilt was a New York Times bestseller, and A Test of Wills was named one of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year selection. Their novels have won the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, and the Anthony Award, as well as being finalists for several other awards.

About the Narrator

Katharine McEwan is an English-born actress and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her theater credits include Private Lives at Long Beach Playhouse, The Verdi Girls at Laguna Playhouse, Night Mother at Stage Lee Strasberg, and Hamlet at the Next Stage. She has also appeared in numerous independent and Hollywood films.