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An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford Mysteries) Paperback – January 2, 2013
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Even deadlier than the bloody engagements on the battle-scarred fields of France, the Spanish influenza epidemic in the spring of 1918 is bringing hundreds of new patients to World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford. But war and disease are not the only killers to strike with cold and brutal efficiency.
Concealed among the countless dead waiting for burial is the body of an officer whose end was not hastened by a German bullet or an airborne virus. This soldier was murdered, and his death touches Bess deeply, for he was a family friend who once served in her father's regiment.
Falling ill herself before she can report the heinous crime, Bess recovers too late to consult with the only other witness, who, by all official accounts, has since hanged himself. Bess refuses to let a killer escape justice, though her persistence turns an assassin's attention in her direction. Or is she already his next target?
About the Author
Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.
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In this book another possible love interest is introduced. Of course, Bess is far to busy with her nursing duties and with solving a murder to entertain any thoughts of romance.
The writing is superb. The authors take the reader directly into the action and you are transported back to a time in the world's history that one should never forget.
This is so much more than a fluffy romance.
I highly recommend this book and others in the series.
WWI is raging but it is influenza that battlefield nurse, Bess Crawford, and others which is killing off soldiers. In the midst of the dead is a man whose death isn’t from either war or illness; he’s been murdered and Bess recognizes him. Those who’ve seen the body start to die in ways that seem natural. Before Bess can do anything, she also succumbs to the flu and is sent back to England, but that doesn’t stop her determination to find out who killed the man and why.
The story begins with a powerful and effective opening relating to the impact of the influenza epidemic in the midst of war. What sets the Todds apart is the ability to describe an horrific scene, conveying all the impact, but without going into graphic detail. By contrast, you truly can feel the love and caring that Bess and her family have for one another. It’s also nice to see the progression, albeit very slow progression, of the relationship between Bess and Simon, her father’s bagman.
There is a large collection of characters, but they weren’t confusing. The Todds have truly captured the dedication of the war-time nurses and the contrast of their lives from being on the battlefield and when they return to England, remember that most of the nurses came from the upper classes
“An Unmarked Grave” may be the best in the series, so far. There is drama, intensity and some excellent red herrings.
AN UNMARKED GRAVE (Hist Mys-Bess Crawford-France/England-1918) – VG+
Todd, Charles – 4th in series
William Morrow, June 2012