This latest offering in the Bess Crawford series is, as usual, a thrilling mystery that involves Bess, a nursing sister on the Western Front in 1918. Actually, though, the plot begins in 1908 on the Northwest Frontier of India, where a young lieutenant, who may have been guilty of 5 murders, disappears from the base, and is assumed dead in the wilds of Afghanistan.
Ten years later Bess is told that the lieutenant is still alive, and she encounters him in the army with the rank of a corporal. As usual Bess gets involved in trying to find the truth behind the murders, and she involves Rudyard Kipling, her father's loyal sergeant-major, and even her mother. More people die who seem to be connected to her investigation, and she feels there is danger for her and those assisting her.
The plot moves along at a goodly pace, and picks up speed toward the end, where there is a conclusion that was not expected even a few pages before that. It's good light reading, and if you like to take mystery books along on your vacation, this one will do nicely.
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Frank J. Konopka (frankiethek)
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.