An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd

81%

33 Critic Reviews

How many wartime casualties and heroics from Bess does it take to exhaust a reader? Unfortunately, exactly this many, despite the author’s fierce antiwar sentiments.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

“A wonderful new mystery series that will let us see the horrors of World War I through the eyes of Bess Crawford, battlefield nurse.”
—Margaret Maron

“Readers who can’t get enough of Jacqueline Winspear’s novels, or Hester Latterly, who saw action in the Crimean War in a series of novels by Anne Perry, are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.”
New York Times Book Review

The critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge mystery series, Charles Todd once again spotlights World War I nurse Bess Crawford in An Unmarked Grave. Gripping, powerful, and evocative, this superb mystery masterwork unfolds during the deadly Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918, as Bess discovers the body of a murdered British officer among the many dead and sets out to unmask a craven killer.

 

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 June 5, 2012 by William Morrow. 275 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime. Fiction
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All: 33 | Positive: 31 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 01 2012

How many wartime casualties and heroics from Bess does it take to exhaust a reader? Unfortunately, exactly this many, despite the author’s fierce antiwar sentiments.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on Apr 30 2012

Caroline and Charles Todd, the mother-son team who write as Charles Todd, remain unmatched in their ability to convey the horrors of trench warfare and the effect on its participants.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Carol Thomas on May 31 2012

Although Todd establishes a solid premise for Bess's suspicions, "An Unmarked Grave" suffers from the same ultimately disappointing plot detour as did its predecessor, "A Bitter Truth."

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Palen on Jun 22 2012

AN UNMARKED GRAVE is high-quality historical mystery at its finest, and each novel in the series gets better and better.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Muriel Dobbin on Aug 24 2012

This is murder in the midst of the trench warfare of World War I, exacerbated by a lethal Spanish influenza that took millions of victims in an era otherwise predominated by military and civilian death.

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Suite 101

Excellent
Reviewed by Bonnye Good on Jun 01 2012

The series shows the best of humanity even while the worst goes on around them.

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Star News Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Ben Steelman on Jun 10 2012

The result is suspenseful, especially with Bess facing the most compelling, best-drawn antagonist of her career.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Excellent
Reviewed by Francis Moul on Sep 17 2012

This is a more adventurous novel about Bess Crawford than previous ones I have reviewed, and it makes for an exciting read. 

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Vera on Jun 26 2012

 I thought An Unmarked Grave was an excellent book and well worth a read for those who like English mysteries.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Michael Leonard on Jun 01 2012

Todd is largely successful in relying on genre material, which allows him to expand on his major theme: the call of duty for people in a world of divided loyalties.

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A Bookworm's World

Good
Reviewed by Luanne on Aug 01 2012

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be picking up another in this series.

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Devourer of Books

Good
Reviewed by Devour of Books on Jun 14 2012

I can still say honestly that I am sad to have finished the existing Bess Crawford books, and can only hope that Charles Todd will be continuing the series, and soon!

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Nomad Reader

Good
Reviewed by Nomad Reader on Jun 07 2012

An Unmarked Grave is the most intense and fast-paced Bess Crawford mystery yet.

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Kathy Takes on Books

Good
Reviewed by kddidit on Jul 14 2012

The title is too accurate as Bess falls ill within hours of finding Major Carson who will find his final resting place in An Unmarked Grave.

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Bookfan

Good
Reviewed by Mary on Jun 25 2012

What I enjoyed about An Unmarked Grave was that we see more of Simon Brandon and Bess’ father in this book.

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Helen's Book Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Helen on Jun 21 2012

The mystery itself is a good one until the end. I often find that mysteries end too quickly (which this one didn't) or that the killer comes out of nowhere (which this one did). Other than that, I really enjoyed this book...

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Musings of a Bookish Kitty

Good
Reviewed by Wendy Runyon on Jun 20 2012

I loved the historical touches the authors put into the novel.

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Reviews From The Heart

Good
Reviewed by Heart2Heart on Jul 04 2012

I can't wait to read more from him in the future and once again, this novel has found a forever home in my personal library.

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The Picky Girl

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Jun 25 2012

I’d like to see Bess with a little romance in her life, so I’m very curious as to what the next book in the series holds.

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Kittling: Books

Above average
Reviewed by Cathy on Jun 05 2012

If you have yet to read any of these Bess Crawford mysteries, give this one a try. It stands very well on its own, but don't be surprised if you want to go back and read the others once you've finished An Unmarked Grave.

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Broken Teepee

Good
Reviewed by Patty Woodland on Jun 05 2012

I did enjoy the book and would pick up another Bess Crawford mystery.

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Meaghan Walsh Gerard

Good
Reviewed by Meghan Walsh Gerard on Jul 09 2012

The novel moves very quickly and is full of action.  It is suspenseful and another great summer read.

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Wordsmithonia

Good
Reviewed by Ryan on Jun 15 2012

Evey setting, every character is well drawn and fully imagined by the authors. 

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Reviews by Molly

Good
Reviewed by Molly on Jun 06 2012

While this is the 4th Bess Crawford Mystery, this was not confusing in any way and truly held me until the last page. Filled with the right amount of suspense, the who-dun-it’s and the why’s stand out and make the reader hungry for more.

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The Mystery Gazette

Good
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner on May 26 2012

This is an exciting thriller with much of the sleuthing occurring from the extended fog of war.

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Confessions of an Avid Reader

Good
Reviewed by Melissa on Jun 28 2012

I highly recommend this novel to fans of historical mysteries.

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Great Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Andrea Katz on Aug 01 2012

An Unmarked Grave forced me to think and I had to consult my dictionary 4 times while reading, always a big plus for me!

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The Written World

Below average
Reviewed by Kailana on Jun 18 2012

My biggest problem with this book, though, was the ending. I actually got confused because I found it was a bit out of left field and very rushed. I am not quite sure I found it believable. It was page-turning, though.

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How Mysterious!

Good
Reviewed by Karen Russell on Jul 30 2012

If you like historical fiction, World War I, women sleuths, or good mysteries, I recommend this series.

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Bookstack

Good
Reviewed by Ravenous Reader on Jul 02 2012

For this reader, the actual mystery sometimes is secondary to the fascinating picture Todd creates of this period in history.

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Dwell In Possibility

Good
Reviewed by B on Jun 26 2012

All in all, I recommend An Unmarked Grave as a solid mystery with an interesting resolution.

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The Nerd Reports

Good
on Sep 26 2012

I was surprised by some of the plot twists, including the reveal of the murderer. I enjoyed Bess Crawford’s character, and was intrigued by her relationship with Simon and Barclay. And although I was aware of the Spanish influenza epidemic, I had never considered it in the context of World War I.

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Diary of a Stay At Home Mom

Good
Reviewed by Sandra on Jun 14 2012

I think the book is fantastic, it certainly was a fascinating story to follow and the authors did a great job in the details, the scenery and really pulling you into the book.

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