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A Duty to the Dead

von Charles Todd, Caroline Todd (Autor)

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Independent-minded Bess Crawford's upbrining is far different from that of the usual upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. At the outbreak of WWI, she volunteers for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship Britannic. On one voyage, she promises to a deliver a message from a dying officer to his brother. Once she's able to do so, she's disturbed at the brother's indifferent reception of the message, and when an unexpected turn of events provides her with an opportunity to stay with the family for a short time, she takes it.… (mehr)
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Sometimes when browsing on my Kindle there are offerings suggested that if you enjoyed a particular author then you may enjoy one of these authors which led me to the author of Charles Todd. I was further interested in learning "Charles Todd is the pen name used by the mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd."

I'm not sure who the individuals are that compose the suggestions on Kindle but my gratitude continues for their flawless record in assisting this reader to find similar authors that I might not have discovered independently and adding to my favorite authors list.

I thoroughly enjoyed this opening novel of Bess Crawford, a nurse during WWI and look forward to reading more of this series. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Oct 14, 2021 |
Really enjoyed this book. ( )
  SueWyman | Aug 31, 2021 |
Bess is appealing, particularly in the opening chapters, and the setting is well sketched. I enjoyed the gender reverse gothic angle with the spooky asylum and lying relatives and all.

But.
As it goes on these characters don't resemble any humans I've ever encountered. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
1916 Nurse Bess Crawford is sent home injured after the her hospital ship she was sailing on was sank. There she finally decides it time to honour the last wishes of Arthur Graham and pass on his message to his brother Johnathan.
A good mystery with characters that are likable, and that you can care about. An enjoyable read. ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
Apparently the author Charles Todd is actually two people, a mother-and-son writing team. I have no idea how two people write a book but if this one is any example this pair have a good way to handle it. I really enjoyed this book which is set during World War I and has an army nurse as the main character.

Bess Crawford has been nursing soldiers since World War I began. In 1916 she is serving aboard HMHS Britannic which has been picking up the wounded from Greek Macedonia, Palestine and Mesopotamia and ferrying them back to Britain. In November while travelling to pick up more wounded the ship hit a mine and sank in less than an hour. Most of the people aboard were saved, including Bess Crawford. However during the chaos her arm was broken and she was badly shaken up. On her previous trip she had made a promise to a dying lieutenant, Arthur Graham, that she would personally pass on this message to the soldier's brother, Jonathan: "Tell my brother Jonathan that I lied. I did it for Mother's sake. But it has to be set right." Realizing that she could have died without fulfilling her promise Bess is determined to go see Jonathan Graham to deliver the message. Jonathan, also a soldier, is home recovering from a wound and he invites her to come to the family home in Kent. In truth, Bess felt rather more than a nurse's concern for Arthur and if he had survived she might have been going to his family home as his fiancee. So she is invested in seeing that Arthur's wish to have it put right (whatever it is) is carried out and she is less than happy about how Jonathan and his mother receive the message. The Grahams ask her to stay for the weekend and while she is doing so a message comes that the eldest Graham son, Peregrine, is dying of pneumonia and the asylum where he lives cannot look after him. Bess offers to nurse Peregrine about whom there is considerable mystery; Mrs. Graham says that Peregrine has been incarcerated in a mental asylum after killing a young girl when he was very young himself. Bess manages to nurse Peregrine to recovery and he is soon returned to the asylum. That is not the last Bess sees of Peregrine though. A short while later Peregrine escaped from the asylum and makes his way to London where he goes to the address of the flat that Bess shares with several other army nurses. When Bess goes to the flat to stay overnight before she heads back to her mother and father she encounters Peregrine. He convinces her to help him discover the truth of the crime he supposedly committed which he has never been able to recall in any detail. If he is a murderer then Bess is putting herself at great risk but she undertakes to help him because she thinks this is the matter that Arthur mentioned as he was dying that must be put right. It is her Duty to the Dead.

This was a well-written and fascinating mystery that kept my attention right to the end. ( )
  gypsysmom | Jul 1, 2021 |
Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs... or Hester Latterl... are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford
 

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Todd, CharlesAutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Todd, CarolineAutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Landor, RosalynErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt

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This book is for...
Pauline and Brian Gadd, two terrific people, who shared their England with the authors, including a wonderful day at the Imperial War Museum and hot chocolate, pork pies, the fox in the back garden, and making us feel we were family...

Moses and Money, the most enormous, warmharted kitties, who purred when we needed a cat fix and our three thousand miles away...

Fran Bush, bookseller extrordinaire, who isn't afraid of anything, including driving on the left and having adventures in Romney Marsh, Battle, and the wilds of Sevenoaks...
Don Bush, who did without Fran so that she could go with Caroline, an act of love if ever there was one...

The wonderful landscape of Kent, which has been the inspiration of more than one Todd novel...
And not last, Robin Hathaway, author of the "Dr. Fenimore" and "Dr. Jo Banks" mysteries, who offered us Gum Tree and other anventures, when we needed a sanctuary to finish DUTY...

With much, much love always.
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Independent-minded Bess Crawford's upbrining is far different from that of the usual upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. At the outbreak of WWI, she volunteers for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship Britannic. On one voyage, she promises to a deliver a message from a dying officer to his brother. Once she's able to do so, she's disturbed at the brother's indifferent reception of the message, and when an unexpected turn of events provides her with an opportunity to stay with the family for a short time, she takes it.

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