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World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford matches wits with a devious killer in this exciting and suspenseful adventure from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd
In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well.
However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered. Though she is devoted to all her patients, this soldier's death touches her deeply. Not only did the man serve in her father's former regiment, he was also a family friend.
Before she can report the terrible news, Bess falls ill, the latest victim of the flu. By the time she recovers, the murdered officer has been buried, and the only other person who saw the body has hanged himself. Or did he?
Working her father's connections in the military, Bess begins to piece together what little evidence she can find to unmask the elusive killer and see justice served. But she must be as vigilant as she is tenacious. With a determined killer on her heels, each move Bess makes could be her last.
Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.
Always enjoy the Bess Crawford books, along with the Inspector Ian Rutledge books by this pair of writers. This one was particularly touching. Read morePublished 43 minutes ago by Serra55
I read the reviews for books two, three and four of Bess Crawford and decided to go straight to the fourth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret S. Converse
Great as always. Can't go wrong with any of the Charles Todd booksPublished 1 month ago by N. Ferrari
I find this series to be great to carting around with me to my kids events. They are enjoyable books that I am interested in finishing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wonderwicket
First Sentence: I stopped just outside the ward and leaned my head against the cool wood of the doorframe. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. J. Roberts
The action in this book is reminiscent of happenings in the Maisie Dobbs series. That said, I was surprised at the avidity with which I read the book!!!!Published 5 months ago by Dora K. Hayes
Pacing and tension of a believable plot made this the best in the series so far. There was less of Bess' s usual relentless nosyness which also helped.Published 5 months ago by Melissa Rosen