Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
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.