This richly textured series of life during the World War I continues with featured battlefield nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford home on leave. Bess is asked to accompany a wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace where he is to be decorated by the king.
When Bess goes to pick up the war hero at his hotel room, he has mysteriously vanished and Bess is blamed for the disappearance. How could a man forced to use a wheelchair just disappear like this?
When the Shropshire police report that the soldier has been sighted in their area and he’s been implicated in the murder of a man, Bess wonders what is going on here. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, the nurse heads for the hinterlands where her patient has supposedly done the unthinkable.
This atmospheric series has attracted a lot of readers with its realistic portrayal of Great Britain during this difficult period in the country’s history. Since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, this is a rather timely addition to the series as well.
World War I Battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s career is in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch, in this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.
Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he’s to be decorated by the King. The next morning when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Both the Army and the nursing service hold Bess negligent for losing the war hero, and there will be an inquiry.
Then comes disturbing word from the Shropshire police, complicating the already difficult situation: Wilkins has been spotted, and he’s killed a man. If Bess is to save her own reputation, she must find Wilkins and uncover the truth. But the elusive soldier has disappeared again and even the Shropshire police have lost him. Suddenly, the moral implications of what has happened—that a patient in her charge has committed murder—become more important to Bess than her own future. She’s going to solve this mysterious puzzle, but righting an injustice and saving her honor may just cost Bess her life.