A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd
A Bess Crawford Mystery

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“Another winner....Todd again excels at vivid atmosphere and the effects of war in this specific time and place. Grade: A.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

 

“Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear’s novels…are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.”
New York Times Book Review

 

Charles Todd, author of the resoundingly acclaimed Ian Rutledge crime novels (“One of the best historical series being written today” —Washington Post Book World) debuts an exceptional new protagonist, World War I nurse Bess Crawford, in A Duty to the Dead. A gripping tale of perilous obligations and dark family secrets in the shadows of a nightmarish time of global conflict, A Duty to the Dead is rich in suspense, surprise, and the impeccable period atmosphere that has become a Charles Todd trademark.

 

About Charles Todd

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Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and one stand-alone novel. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.
 
Published August 18, 2009 by William Morrow. 486 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The winning first in a new WWI series from the bestselling mother-son Todds (A Matter of Justice and 10 other Inspector Rutledge mysteries) introduces Bess Crawford, a resourceful British army nurse who's injured when her ship is sunk in 1916.

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Book Reporter

Bess agrees to tend to him, and Peregrine is shuttled back to Owlhurst where the rest of the family ignores him, leaving Bess to the solitary duty of caring for him.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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Open Letters Monthly

Charles and Caroline Todd When Bess finally gets Jonathan alone, it is in the church underneath a memorial plaque to Arthur: I tried to set the stage, so that Jonathan Graham could see what I had seen.

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Deseret News

At first blush the family — Arthur's mother and two brothers — seem eager to gain any little piece of information Bess can provide.

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Historical Novel Society

Todd (the pseudonym for a mother-son writing team) departs from the Inspector Ian Rutledge series in this engrossing mystery featuring World War I nurse Bess Crawford.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

A resolute Bess not only spends her own time and money conducting a lengthy investigation, but she also endangers herself to help someone who may be an innocent victim of a vicious conspiracy.

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Spinetingler Magazine

One of Bess’ patients, Arthur Graham, who died from an infection aboard the boat before it was sunk, begged Bess to deliver a message, without explanation, to his brother, a promise she kept by journeying to the Graham estate in Kent upon her return to England to convalesce.

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