Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Bitter Truth, by Charles Todd

The Bess Crawford series is pretty remarkable.  Todd paints the periods before and during the first World War, with a compelling respect and appreciation for the suffering and sacrifice that was so widespread.  Bess is a nursing sister from a military family serving in France. In this book, almost against her will, she becomes embroiled in a family drama that seems to be central to a series of murders.  The family with all the drama is full of selfish and self-interested characters. Per usual, her friend Simon Brandon is key to uncovering the killer, though the new appealing character, Australian Sargeant Lattimore plays an important role too.

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