A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford #1)
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Bess Crawford is serving as a nurse during WWI on the Britannic, a hospital ship that travels between the fronts collecting injured and fallen soldiers, and carrying them to safer hospitals on ground or to their watery graves. On board, Bess meets Arthur Graham, a charismatic soldier whose wound turns septic overnight, and his last words to Bess are for her to carry a message home to his brother in Kent.
On that level, A DUTY TO THE DEAD is a classic.
Bess Crawford is a beautiful, upper class English girl who volunteers to be a nurse in World War One. The daughter of an officer and very proud of her military background, Bess is fearless and calm in the terrifying shipwreck scen ...more
I have previously read book seven in the series; A Pattern of Lies a little while ago and I just absolutely loved that book. And, of course, I wanted to read the series from the beginning and lucky me; I own the first book as an eBook.
Bess Crawford works as a nurse during WW1 and is home now after being onboard a hospital ship that sunk. She survived with a broken arm and since she can't work decides to travel to Kent to visit the ...more
Bess is one heck of a heroine. If this had been an urban fantasy, I'd easily have seen her on a par with Patty Briggs's Mercy Thompson. She's not indestructible but she's like a dog with a bone - not giving up and going away when she should have. I loved her!
There's re ...more
I was disappointed in a trope used by the book. Spoilers for the ending: (view spoiler)[the one cha ...more
Bess Crawford is tending to a dying man, and when he has one last request, she feels that it is her duty to complete that request. Bess is simply amazing. She’s the perfect balance between pushy and non pushy that makes her a valuable main character without being annoyin ...more
On leave after being injured during the sinking of the hospital ship Britannic, nurse Bess Crawford takes the opportunity to fulfill the dying wish of a young soldier under her care. Traveling to Kent, she encounters the Graham family and their many secrets including the existence of unwanted sibling incarcerated in a lunatic asylum. As Bess delves deeper into the meaning of Arthur Graham’s message, she uncovers an horrific crime and a travesty of justice that may have f ...more
I'm not that sure the mystery itself - or the solving of it - was all that solid, and if I wanted to poke at all the things I found a little hard to believe, I could spend some time doing this, but honestly, I didn't care. The book drew me in and kept me happy, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Now they branched out to the story of a nurse in WWI. She is on a ship that explodes, breaks her arm or something, and gets sent home to recuperate. Prior to the explosion, she had nursed a young man who asked her to take a message home to his brother. It seems as though there was something more than a nurse-patient relationship here. But we don't really know for a while.
Her father, known as Colonel Sahib for his service in India, where o ...more
Author: Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
Bess Crawford is a young nurse, serving the wounded British soldiers of WWI. One soldier, upon realizing he was dying, has entrusted her with a message to be delivered in person to his brother after the soldier’s death. Bess has been putting off this trip, but after her hospital ship is sunk and she abandons ship, she comes to terms with the fact that she is avoiding her duty and ...more
I don't have much of a background with regards to World War I lit. All Quiet on the Western Front all but killed my interest in the genre. For years I wouldn’t touch anything on the subject. I changed my tune after reading Barbed Wire and Roses. The book left such an impression on me that I started looking for other books set during the Great War. One of the first titles that caught my eye was a murde ...more
I'm still trying to decide what I thought of this. Goodreads recommended it because I've read th ...more
In general, I like historical mysteries, so these two had that going for them from the beginning. Also, I've been a bit passionate about WWI since high school, when we read the war poets.
The Bess Crawford books, so far, take place during the war rather than after it (as with Maisie Dobbs). This fact adds a sen ...more
World War I, the "War to End All Wars" is in its second year. It began with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, at the hands of Serbian nationalists. This act of terror was seen as the immediate trigger of the war. Of course, there were many other reasons - und ...more
Bess is a good detective in many ways, but she also does some things that are frustratingly dumb. She lets a convicted murdere ...more
Bess Crawford is an independent, upper-middle-call British gentlewoman who takes after her father. She became a nurse and travelled to the battlefields of France. On her way back to England aboard the Britannic, the ship strikes a mine and sinks. Bess suffers a badly broken arm but becomes fond of Lt. Arthur Graham who, right before dying, extracts a promise from her to deliver a message to his brother in England. Keeping that promise emb ...more
This is set in World War I, which I know VERY LITTLE about, so I found it extra fascinating. The most exciting part of the book actually is the first few chapters. However, the rest of the book was pretty engrossing and was a really nicely crafted mystery with a goodie-two-shoes but likeable lead. Basically, in order to fulfill the dying wish of a patie ...more
I quite enjoyed this book and loved the suspense and mystery of whether Peregrine had in fact killed Lily or if it was someone else...
The excerpt for the next book also got me hooked.
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