- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins USA (20 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062203606
- ISBN-13: 978-0062203601
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,072,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Unmarked Grave Intl: A Bess Crawford Mystery Paperback – 20 Jun 2012
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Even deadlier than the bloody engagements on the battle-scarred fields of France, the Spanish influenza epidemic in the spring of 1918 is bringing hundreds of new patients to World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford. But war and disease are not the only killers to strike with cold and brutal efficiency.
Concealed among the countless dead waiting for burial is the body of an officer whose end was not hastened by a German bullet or an airborne virus. This soldier was murdered, and his death touches Bess deeply, for he was a family friend who once served in her father's regiment.
Falling ill herself before she can report the heinous crime, Bess recovers too late to consult with the only other witness, who, by all official accounts, has since hanged himself. Bess refuses to let a killer escape justice, though her persistence turns an assassin's attention in her direction. Or is she already his next target?--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Charles Todd is the author of the Bess Crawford mysteries, the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, and one stand-alone novel. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.
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Todd's protagonist Bess Crawford is a World War I field nurse and an amateur sleuth, daughter of a doughty India fighter, the Colonel Sahib, who has inherited his well-developed sense of duty. It is the spring of 1918; and the "Great War" is finally winding down with the entrance of the Americans, though few at the time realize it. But the Spanish influenza epidemic has struck, killing millions of soldiers and civilians around the globe: eventually it will actually kill more people than that terrible war.
Bess is at a front line field hospital in France.Read more ›
This time out Bess faces her greatest challenge, actually challenges as it is the spring of 1918 on the French front where the Spanish Flu epidemic is killing all in its wake plus there is a consistent disheartening number of wounded soldiers who need attention. Working nearly to sheer exhaustion little does Bess know that a psychopath will soon be threatening not only her life but the life of one very dear to her.
Bone tired and feeling a bit dizzy as there was no time for supper Bess is asked by Private Wilson, head of the burial detail, to accompany him to the shed where the corpses are kept. He has found a body with no wounds save for a broken neck and does not know what to do. Bess immediately recognizes the deceased as Major Vincent Carson, a former member of her father's regiment. Carson was so highly regarded that it was thought he might take her father's place when the time came. Could Carson have been murdered and his body placed among those of the dead soldiers in order to cover up a killing? But before she can confide in her father Bess is stricken with influenza, an attack so severe that she becomes comatose. She's shipped back to Dorset to recover.
Following her recovery she returns to France along with a wounded Yank soldier, Capt.Read more ›
The Bess Crawford series has quickly become a favorite of mine. One of the reason is that I find Bess Crawford to be a competent young woman that happens to stumble over problems now and then. Like this time where she must find out who killed an officer that she knew and respected. But, she has also just been terribly ill, the body of the dead man is buried and the only other witness to it has hanged himself. So, there isn't much to go on. But, she won't give up, and luckily she has Simon Brandon and Captain Barclay, a Yankee with a poor knee to help her.
This is the first book in this series that I just couldn't find myself really engrossed with. It could be because of the absence of my favorite Aussie, but I think that most of the problem lies in the fact that the case just doesn't draw me in. I don't say that the book was bad, it was just not memorable. I definitely felt that when I started to write the review and for a moment was at loss to why the man in the beginning was killed. The conclusion of the book was just not that thrilling.
Thankfully, Bess makes this book worth the while, she is still a strong and interesting character despite the rather lackluster storyline. There are those that favor a romantic relationship between her and Simon, but I just don't see it. For me, he is an older brother.Read more ›
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By the time you've located this book you should already be aware of the mother-son team of Charles Todd so I will not describe it in this review. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bernie
By the time you've located this book you should already be aware of the mother-son team of Charles Todd so I will not describe it in this review. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bernie
First Sentence: I stopped just outside the ward and leaned my head against the cool wood of the doorframe. Read morePublished 13 months ago by L. J. Roberts
I have read almost all of the output of the Charles Todd family partnership and rate their works very highly. This is the first of their books i have reservations about. Read morePublished 15 months ago by glassophile
Gosh - it's taking me for ever to read this one - not necessarily the fault of the author who writes the story beautifully but it just hasn't captured my interest. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mrs. Theresa McDougall
This is the best Bess Crawford yet.Her character grows in each book.Also the work of the field hospitals is so well described.Published 20 months ago by Ms. Da Sayed
By the time you've located this book you should already be aware of the mother-son team of Charles Todd so I will not describe it in this review. Read morePublished on 2 Aug. 2013 by Bernie
The concept of this series is excellent. Bess Crawford, English nurse working close to the Front during the Great War, turns detective. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2013 by Carroty Nell
I think I have read all of 'Charles Todd's' books and have been intrigued by them. I do think I prefer the Bess Crawford series, even though they are sometimes uncomfortable to... Read morePublished on 4 April 2013 by Joyce Holmes