Sunday, August 12, 2012

An Unmarked Grave, by Charles Todd

I have mixed feelings about the Bess Crawford books.  Nursing sister Bess travels all over England and France during World War I to investigate a series of murders in a way that seems utterly implausible.  The solution to the mystery comes out of nowhere in the last few pages of the book.  However, there are passages about nursing at the front, human kindness lost and found, and the suffering of the wounded that make the books compelling reading.

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  1. This is the second Todd book I've read and at first wasn't sure it would be to my taste because of the time period (World War I) however, the books are well-written and slowly draw me into its world. Yes, it sometimes seems as though both Bess and her father combined know every soldier in the Allied forces, and Bess is an earnest, honorable and duty-bound woman who will go to any lengths to keep a promise (or to nose around personal mail while the recipient is out of the room), but her world is described so well that I can't stop reading.