A Duty To The Dead (Bess Crawford #1)
The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford, follows in his footsteps and signs up to go overseas as a nurse during the Great War, helping to deal with the many wounded. There serving on a hospital ship, she makes a promise to a dying young lieutenant to take a message to his brother' Jonathan Graham: "Tell Jonathan that I lied. I did it for Mother′s sake. But i...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 was disappointed in a trope used by the book. Spoilers for the ending: (view spoiler)[the one cha...more
While it was an enjoyable read, there were several things that kept bothering me. I was surprised to find out that the author (authors, in fact) has...more
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 enjoy period mysteries, still read Sherlock Holmes from time to time, despite knowing what is going to happen. Perhaps I am just old and getting nostalgic in my dotage, but the characters seem to be more fully rounded than in most of the more modern novels. I am afraid that modern f...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 Crawford was a nurse in World War I, aboard the Brittanic. While on a journey, the ship hit a mine, making it take on water. Miss Crawford was injured during the accident and had to be nursed back to health. But, while nursng others back to health she was...more
I thought this book was good, but not great. It was very hard to follow, and it was confusing me. This book was a little graphic for my taste, and I didn't enjoy the mention of all these dead bodies. The plot line was interesting and capturing, but not outstanding enough to make me not want to ever put the book down. It wasn't really a one of a kind book, because there are many books about WWI an the time around it. This book didn't do enough to catch my attention and pull me...more
I was not steered wrong by all those recommendations. Though my recent obsession with Downton Abbey likely did not hurt matters.
Elizabeth (Bess) Crawford is a nurse in the Great War. When the hospital ship on which she is stationed, Britannic (sister to Titanic) strikes a mine and g...more
Bess Crawford is a British nurse aboard the hospital transport ship Britannic in 1916 when the ship hits a mine and sinks. Bess sustains a broken arm made much more serious by assisting in the rescue of one of her fellow nurses. That, plus having to wait for some time to receive good medical treatment, made the break much m...more
While Bess lived in 1916 she's more than a match for any contemporary mystery heroine. The daughter of a highly principled and equally highly dis...more
While home, she is determined to deliver a message from a soldier that she nursed who died. He made her swear to deliver it to his brother, and she ventures to Owlhurst, the fam...more
Bess Crawford is a nurse in WW I assigned to a hospital ship. In her duties on the ship, she receives a request from a dying soldier. She must go to his family and deliver the following message to his brother: “Tell Jonathan I lied. I did it for Mother. But it must be made right.”
Bess Crawford is wounded so has leave coming to her. She goes to the home of Art...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fairly long, complicated, just a bit annoying at times, but very interesting and engrossing. The lead character, Bess Crawford is very engaging and very likable; though at times, I don't understand or like how she doggedly pursues the threads of the mysterie...more
We follow Bess Crawford as her involvement in seeing through a promise made to a dying man becomes steadily more and more urgent moving from a long delay in doing anything at all to being determined to find out what really happened at whatever cost to her fondly held images.
I would have liked more characteris...more