Duty to the Dead

Duty to the Dead

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The First Bess Crawford Mystery!

"Readers who can't get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear's novels...are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford."--New York Times Book Review

Charles Todd, author of the resoundingly acclaimed Ian Rutledge crime novels ("One of the best historical series being written today" --Washington Post Book World) debuts an exceptional new protagonist, World War I nurse Bess Crawford, in A Duty to the Dead. A gripping tale of perilous obligations and dark family secrets in the shadows of a nightmarish time of global conflict, A Duty to the Dead is rich in suspense, surprise, and the impeccable period atmosphere that has become a Charles Todd trademark.

"Another winner....Todd again excels at vivid atmosphere and the effects of war in this specific time and place. Grade: A."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Product details

  • Paperback | 335 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061791776
  • 9780061791772
  • 116,165

Review quote

This is a wonderful new mystery series that will let us see the horrors of World War I through the eyes of Bess Crawford, a battlefield nurse. A Duty to the Dead is a richly realistic depiction of both the era and people who lived through it.--Margaret Maron, Edgar Award-Winning author of Death's Half Acre"
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Back cover copy

Dedicated to helping the many wounded during the Great War, Bess Crawford receives a desperate request from a dying lieutenant while serving as a nurse aboard a hospital ship. "Tell my brother Jonathan that I lied," the young man says. "I did it for Mother's sake. But it has to be set right."

Back home in England, Bess receives an unexpected response from the dead soldier's family, for neither Jonathan Graham' his mother' nor his younger brother admit to understanding what the message means.

But the Grahams are harboring a grim secret, and Bess must, somehow, get to the bottom of it. It is her sacred duty to the dead, no matter how painful, or dangerous, that obligation might be.
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Review Text

"Winning....Fans of independent women sleuths like Maisie Dobbs will welcome this new addition to their ranks." Publishers Weekly
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Rating details

11,241 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 25% (2,842)
4 45% (5,058)
3 25% (2,822)
2 4% (406)
1 1% (113)
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