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reviewed "The Reckoning: A John Madden Novel". November 22, 2014
Looking for a good read, I found "The Reckoning A John Madden Novel" by Rennie Airth. I've enjoyed that author's books since his "River of Darkness."   This story turned …
Unmarked Grave, An: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess
"An Unmarked Grave," opens with a scene at a military ward in France in 1918. The ward is filled with soldiers and medical staff taken ill, many dying, from the Spanish Influenza. The medical …
Unmarked Grave, An: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess
Once again, the mother-son writing team known as Charles Todd give us an excellent mystery from the waning days of the Great War. Bess Crawford, our protagonist, is shown a corpse that does not belong …
reviewed A Bitter Truth. August 18, 2011
a bitter truth
"A Bitter Truth" is an engrossing depiction of the life of a battlefield nurse in WWI and an upper class family  in rural England. We observe the interactions of this family as they attempt …
An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery
As we follow the adventures of Bess Crawford, on active duty in WWI, we can see her caring and curiosity and a feeling of duty to the dead.     As the story begins, Bess is helping to …
reviewed The Last Estate. May 05, 2011
The Last Estate
When we imagine the area of Provence, France, we think of a panorama of vineyards and peaceful surroundings.      The narrator of this coming of age novel, Christian Aragan, is seventeen …
reviewed The Last Estate. August 27, 2010
The Last Estate
Written by an Irishman, set in the wine-country of 1920s France, The Last Estate by Conor Bowman combines the darkness and depth of Irish story-telling with the beauty of a French village, the mystique …
reviewed An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford.... August 15, 2010
An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery
I'm a big fan of the Charles Todd stories, but I needed a map in this one--zipping around a countryside I don't know as well as the action demanded. London. Countryside. France. Some other part of the …
reviewed The Crimson Portrait: A Novel. February 27, 2009
Jody Shields Crimson Portrait
    Shields is a significant writer who has bravely tackled a difficult subject, the destructive nature of war and the emotional complexities of trauma. Both off-putting and riveting, …
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