- Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: William Morrow Paperbacks; Auflage: Reprint (10. Juni 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062237160
- ISBN-13: 978-0062237163
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,9 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 125.260 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A Question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries, Band 5) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 10. Juni 2014
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In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, and begins a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie?
In 1908, when a young Bess Crawford lived in India, an unforgettable incident darkened the otherwise happy time. Her father's regiment discovered it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people yet was never brought to trial.
A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying man that the alleged murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive and serving at the Front. According to reliable reports, he'd died years before, so how did Wade escape India? What drove a good man to murder in cold blood? Bess uses her leave to investigate. But when she stumbles on the horrific truth, she is shaken to her very core. The facts reveal a reality that could have been her own fate.
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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 on the East Coast.
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We are now in the last year of the war and everyone is speculating what Bess will do now that she is no longer going to be a nurse.
She is working in and aid station where they receive the wended men. There she finds that her history in India allows her to converse with a wounded Indian Sergeant. There he finds that he had seen Lieutenant Wade a person of interest from her father's regiment. The story can get a tad complex to convey on this review. However this person had a nefarious background and was wanted for various deeds. She wants to track him down and find the truth.
I have to admit that my first read form Charles Todd was the Ian Rutledge Mysteries. Guess I'll have to try "the Murder Stone".
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When Beth grows up and is working in the war, taking care of the wounded, she runs across this very man. She knows him from his treatment of her and others, and cannot believe he is capable of murder. So she starts looking into his background, while trying to decide whether to bring his existence to the knowledge of the authorities. In the process, she finds out about how badly many of the children who were sent home for education to England, were treated. This apparently happened to the missing man and his sister, and this provides information to Beth as to how this man was involved in the murders. But it also provides other possible suspects, and as Beth and her friend, Simon, look more deeply into these deaths, more deaths follow...making imperative that they figure out who did the original murders.
It was funny, because just before reading this book I saw something in the history section of Pinterest about this very problem both in the U.S. and in England. Reading about this again made me go look up some of the history of what they called 'home children', children whose parents were overseas in the colonies who were sent home for an education. Most of the time, parents had no idea what was happening with their children...and the children were from the time period were taught not to complain or say anything. So many children were hurt, and some died from lack of care. The book incorporates Rudyard Kipling who was one of these children, and that explains some of his writings.
The book was fine for the most part. As other reviews have said, some of the writing was repetitious, and I feel was done in order to lengthen the book. I don't think readers need to hear for the umpteenth time why the protagonist feels the need to keep explaining herself.
This book by Todd wasn't as good as some of the other ones, where the writing is tighter...but it is still an enjoyable read.
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