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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: Series: The Bess Crawford Mysteries Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9780062332318
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World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s career is 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.

Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he’s to be decorated by the king. The next morning, when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Both the Army and the nursing service hold Bess negligent for losing the war hero, and there will be an inquiry.

Then comes disturbing word from the Shropshire police, complicating the already difficult situation: Wilkins has been spotted, and he’s killed a man. If Bess is to save her own reputation, she must find Wilkins and uncover the truth. But the elusive soldier has disappeared again, and even the Shropshire police have lost him. Suddenly, the moral implications of what has happened—that a patient in her charge has committed murder—become more important to Bess than her own future. She’s going to solve this mysterious puzzle, but righting an injustice and saving her honor may just cost Bess her life.

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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.”


  • 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
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.