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- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EJ6XYQI
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A Question of Honor: Bess Crawford, Book 5 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The previous book, An Unmarked Grave, was the first book in this series that I didn't find as excellent as the rest so I was hopeful that the next one would be better. And it was. The story in this book is more interesting and I found it hard to put the book down.
The book is really intriguing to read. Bess is trying to find out if Lieutenant Wade still alive, and if he is what is he doing fighting in the front and was he really guilty of the crimes in India and England? Bess and Simon Brandon (he works for her father) is working together trying to find out the truth without involving Bess father, Colonel Crawford because the killing is still a stain on the Colonels regiment's reputation and Bess doesn't want to involve her father if it turns out that it Wade isn't alive. So, she travels to the village where the killing of a family took place and tries to find out more about the murdered family and the connection to Lieutenant Wade. But, that's not that easy, some people there are even quite hostile towards her. But, Bess won't give up.
What I love with this book is that it's like a puzzle, you have to be patient, piece after piece is revealed during the progress of the story until the truth is revealed in the end. I also loved that my favorite Aussie, Sergeant Larimore made a cameo, although I wish he had a bigger part in the book. But still I love every mention of him in the books, like this one where she met him in France as she tends to wounded soldiers:
"I was always happy to see this cheeky Australian. He had helped me once when I needed help desperately and I was fond of him. Dangerous to care about anyone in wartime, but still…"
Looks like Bess is quite fond of Larimore as well! I must admit that I hope they will end up together. I just love every scene with them together.
I recommend this series to anyone that likes to read historical mysteries, especially books that take place during WW1. I enjoy these books very much and every book can be read as a stand-alone.
We are now in the last year of the war and everyone is speculating what Bess will do now that she is no longer going to be a nurse.
She is working in and aid station where they receive the wended men. There she finds that her history in India allows her to converse with a wounded Indian Sergeant. There he finds that he had seen Lieutenant Wade a person of interest from her father's regiment. The story can get a tad complex to convey on this review. However this person had a nefarious background and was wanted for various deeds. She wants to track him down and find the truth.
I have to admit that my first read form Charles Todd was the Ian Rutledge Mysteries. Guess I'll have to try "the Murder Stone".
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. 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. This entry opens at a front line field hospital in France, where Bess is assigned, and much of it will take place at a variety of French field hospitals that are already overwhelmed by war injuries, but now must cope with hundreds of flu patients too.
The death from injuries of a Subedar, an Indian Sergeant who should not have been at the front lines in France, sets Bess to investigate murders that occurred during her childhood in India, where she had tremendously enjoyed life on the Northwest Frontier. But in 1908, Colonel Crawford's regiment had realized that it appeared to harbor a murderer in its ranks, an officer who seemed to have killed five people in India and England. Yet the law had never been able to bring him to trial. In the eyes of many of these soldiers, men who lived by the watchwords of honor and duty, the crimes, and the escape of the accused officer, were stains on the reputations of the regiment and Bess's father, the Colonel Sahib, who had trained the killer.
Ten years later, Bess learns from the dying Indian sergeant that the alleged murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive--and serving at the French front. Bess cannot believe it: according to reliable reports, Wade's body had been seen deep in the Khyber Pass, where he had died trying to reach Afghanistan. So she begins to check around in England and France. She stumbles on some nasty truths, things that even the famous Anglo-Indian writer Rudyard Kipling, whom "Todd" introduces into the story line, had kept secret all his life. And she realizes that her parents' decision to keep her with them in India may have saved her from some very nasty childhood experiences.
The authors have given us some powerful, evocative flashback scenes in India, and some reasonably powerful scenes on the French front, though it's clear they cannot render wartime with the intensity of novelists who specialize in it. "Todd" also does well at giving us the atmosphere of wartime England, the social uproar caused by the war. The author(s) are excellent on England's landscape, wintry weather, cities and towns, residents and police, soldiers home on leave. Dialog and narrative are fine; the plot is complex in a satisfactory way. In fact, the plot is pulled together, organized well, in line with the rules that govern this kind of writing. But somehow, the English scenes are flat, and without power. Finally, when the perpetrator is eventually revealed, it feels as if the criminal might have been chosen by lottery, and killed for motives not known to man. In fact, in the authors' latest novel, the sum seems less than the parts.
The actual Charles Todd has come to speak several times at the local Wilmington, North Carolina's library mystery weekends. He's an attractive youngish man, intelligent and witty, and, while this book is acceptable, I wish him better luck next time out.
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