An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd,
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This review is from: Unmarked Grave, An: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries) (Paperback)
The concept of this series is excellent. Bess Crawford, English nurse working close to the Front during the Great War, turns detective. Among the many war-dead she finds the corpse of a Major known to her and her family who, it seems, has not died of battlefield wounds but has been murdered.
Yes, the concept is appealing and a great sales-pitch on the part of the author(s) and publisher.
'An Unmarked Grave', however, is a second-rate mystery. There are no great twists or surprises in the plot which you expect in a murder mystery. The protagonist and narrator, Bess, is, on the whole, a rather flat character and the writers have not developed her potential as much as they should have done. The prose is uninspired and there is little period or battlefield atmosphere. The best I can say about it is that it is easy to read and inoffensive.
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