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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious AND Preposterous, September 15, 2011
This review is from: A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries) (Hardcover)
I have read all of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge books and all of the Bess Crawford books and up until now I have been a great fan. This latest book in the WWI Nurse Bess Crawford series is a huge disappointment.
About one third of the way into the book, it was so tedious I put it down. I then read a book by another author. However, since I did purchase A Bitter Truth, I eventually tried again and plodded through to the end.
Unfortunately, all of the characters in this book, with the exception of Bess and Simon, are unlikable, whining, nasty, overbearing soap opera-like characters with no redeeming qualities. The plot is preposterous and the author spends most of the book throwing around red herrings. The actual solution to the mystery is from out of left field. This is an uncharacteristically bad book from Charles Todd. The bitter truth is, this book is not worth investing in and should be borrowed from the Library.
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Initial post: Oct 30, 2011 6:49:48 PM PDT
Couldn't agree more - your title says it all. I forced myself to finish it; should have bailed after 10 pages.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 8:50:01 AM PST
Leah Wise says:
I thought maybe it was just me who found this book tedious and somewhat silly. I kept wishing that the Ellis family would get a life! What a bunch of silly, spoiled people. I'm finishing the book but am glad I got it from the library!

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 11:55:50 AM PST
Edith says:
Except for Bess, Simon, and the tall Australian, everyone else in the book was petulant and annoying.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 12:00:53 PM PDT
Well said on every point. As a Todd fan, this was quite the disappointment.
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