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An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
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Jul 13, 12

bookshelves: mystery-bess-crawford
Read from June 17 to July 02, 2012

Thank you to Jen at Book Club Girl for providing me with a copy of this book. Please check out her blog talk interview with authors Charles Todd for further insight into the book.

I have a weakness for anyone named Bess who solves mysteries ever since my Nancy Drew days. This Bess however is a WWI nurse who can't seem to keep herself out of every bodies business. With a war raging on, people don't have much time to attend to things that don't quite up. Fortunately for them it has become Bess's specialty.

In this outing Bess is in France nursing the wounded. While on duty she is drawn into a shed by an orderly who shows her a body that doesn't seem to be a victim of the Spanish Flu they have been battling. Could it be murder? Before she can investigate Bess is stricken with the flu herself and nearly dies. By the time she recovers the orderly is dead by suicide and Bess can barely make out dreams from reality. Bess being Bess can hardly let the matter rest so the investigation is on taking her between France and England in an effort to learn the truth.

I got into this series because of my love of another WWI female sleuth, Maisie Dobbs. While I do enjoy this series I think Jacqueline Winspear is able to craft a more compelling mystery/ problem in her books. Contrary to popular opinion, I feel that this one of the weaker books in the series. There were not clues to the mystery throughout the book. It seemed that the murderer only chose his victims because they were in the way. I like a little more psychological intrigue in my mysteries. That being said I do like the character of Bess Crawford. I just wish she could move ahead in her personal life as well as professional. In this book she almost dies as well as Simon Brandon and their relationship while hinted at has not progressed at all. If you are going to die you would think that it would give you a new perspective on letting those you love know your true feelings. It's been four books already at least let them have a kiss! I think after all Bess and Simon have been through, they deserve at least that much in the next book.
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