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A Question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 5)
 
 

A Question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Todd
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In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie?

Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier. But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time. In 1908, Colonel Crawford's regiment discovered that it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people in India and England yet was never brought to trial. In the eyes of many of these soldiers, men defined by honor and duty, the crime was a stain on the regiment's reputation and on the good name of Bess's father, the Colonel Sahib, who had trained the killer.

A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying Indian sergeant that the supposed murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive—and serving at the Front. Bess cannot believe the shocking news. According to reliable reports, Wade's body had been seen deep in the Khyber Pass, where he had died trying to reach Afghanistan. Soon, though, her mind is racing. How had he escaped from India? What had driven a good man to murder in cold blood?

Wanting answers, she uses her leave to investigate. In the village where the first three killings took place, she discovers that the locals are certain that the British soldier was innocent. Yet the present owner of the house where the crime was committed believes otherwise, and is convinced that Bess's father helped Wade flee. To settle the matter once and for all, Bess sets out to find Wade and let the courts decide.

But when she stumbles on the horrific truth, something that even the famous writer Rudyard Kipling had kept secret all his life, she is shaken to her very core. The facts will damn Wade even as they reveal a brutal reality, a reality that could have been her own fate.

About the Author

Charles Todd is the author of the Bess Crawford mysteries, the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1070 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (27 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BATKVB8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sum Is Less Than Its Parts 30 Aug. 2013
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"A Question of Honor" is the fifth entry in Charles Todd's newish Bess Crawford British mystery series. The New York Times bestselling "Todd," actually the American mother/son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd, are resident on the east coast of the United States, in Delaware and North Carolina respectively. "Todd" is also author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge historical mysteries, and one standalone. All the crime novels appear to be based in Great Britain; the Crawford series during World War I, the Rutledge series shortly afterward. A QUESTION OF HONOR follows on the heels of A Duty to the Dead, An Impartial Witness, A Bitter Truth , and An Unmarked Grave, all of which I have read and reviewed at Amazon. The books will continue to remind many readers of the popular British television series Downton Abbey - Series 1-3 / Christmas at Downton Abbey , which is set in the same time, and world.

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; she 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A STELLAR OFFERING IN THIS SERIES 29 Aug. 2013
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
While there are certainly a number of worthy books to be read I try never to miss a Bess Crawford mystery by a redoubtable pseudonymous mother/son writing team. With Bess they've created an admirable character, one with the greatest integrity and also very human. She is a battlefield nurse serving during World War I and also an amateur detective or "sleuth" as she might put it. The authors are adept at describing the horrors of war, the terrors of trench warfare and the tolls taken on soldiers. They are equally skilled at noting Bess's thoughts and perceptions which continue to give readers insights into their heroine.

With the fifth in the Bess Crawford series, A Question Of Honor, we see more of Bess's early life in India where she lived with her father, a colonel in the British army. The story begins in 1908 when Bess was fifteen and takes us to England and France in 1918. More often than not at that time officers would send their children home to be educated. Unfortunately for one family stationed in India they receive word that their daughter, Alice, died of typhoid in England. Of course, her mother is overwrought and since her husband cannot get leave she is accompanied to England by an officer who had planned to go there, one Thomas Wade.

After Wade returns to duty he flees from the military police who accuse him not only of murdering a family while he was in England but his own parents in Agra, India. Wade escapes capture until finally a report of his death is received.

Fast forward to wartime on the front where Bess listens to a dying soldier who confides in her - he shares a secret with her, shocking news relating to Thomas Wade. It begins to seem that the past is not buried after all. Knowing Bess she will search for answers and eventually find them.

A Question Of Honor is one more stellar offering in this series. Don't miss it!

- Gail Cooke
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3.0 out of 5 stars Go on like this and you'll lose your readers.... 25 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
'A question of honour' is rather disappointing if by no means unpleasant to read. When compared to the other novels featuring Bess Crawford there is a lack of finesse in the telling which is indeed surprising from authors who gave us much better before. The story is clumsily told and there's no mystery at all since we understand right from the start what feelings resurfaced in Wade when he was told of the death of little Alice, a fellow officer's little girl. Bess and Simon's subsequent discoveries seem to come at random when visiting the English village where Wade's own little sister died. It's just not convincing and I wish discoveries had stemmed logically from clues strewn intelligently here and there. The Todd team have to give a much higher standard next time if they don't want to lose some of their readership.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bess Crawford 9 Jan. 2014
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I much prefer the Inspector Rutledge series, but on saying that I did enjoy this book but it did

I much prefer this author's books on the Inspector Rutledge series, I did enjoy this but don't as with the others can't lay it down till I come to the final chapter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new author to me 28 Oct. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Looking forward to reading it as the author is new to me. I have a backlog of titles to read
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