A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery

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Harper Collins, Aug 30, 2011 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Trying to help a woman in distress, World War I nurse and accidental sleuth Bess Crawford learns that no good deed goes unpunished

When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm sense of duty, Bess takes her in.

Once inside Bess’s flat, the woman reveals that a quarrel with her husband erupted into violence, yet she wants to return home—if Bess will go with her to Sussex. Realizing that the woman is suffering from a concussion, Bess gives up a few precious days of leave to travel with her. But she soon discovers that this is a good deed with unforeseeable consequences.

What Bess finds at Vixen Hill is a house of mourning. The woman’s family has gathered for a memorial service for the elder son, who died of war wounds. Her husband, home on compassionate leave, is tense, tormented by jealousy and his own guilty conscience.

Then, when a troubled houseguest is found dead, Bess herself becomes a prime suspect in the case. This murder will lead her to a dangerous quest in war-torn France, an unexpected ally, and a startling revelation that puts her in jeopardy before a vicious killer can be exposed.


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Review: A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford #3)

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A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd is book number three in the Bess Crawford mystery series. A Bitter Truth begins when Bess Crawford returns to England from the battlefields of France, relived to ... Read full review

Review: A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford #3)

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I enjoyed the first Ian Rutledge mystery that I read by Charles Todd and thought I would enjoy this one about a young military nurse but I didnt get very far before I felt that I wasnt going like what ... Read full review

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Chapter Four
Chapter Nine
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Eighteen
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Charles Todd is the 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.

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