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A duty to the dead
Charles Todd
Adult Fiction TODD

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The winning first in a new WWI series from the bestselling mother-son Todds (A Matter of Justice and 10 other Inspector Rutledge mysteries) introduces Bess Crawford, a resourceful British army nurse who's injured when her ship is sunk in 1916. While convalescing in England, Bess is tormented because she's put off delivering a message from Arthur Graham, a dying soldier under her care for whom she'd developed strong feelings, to his family. Her own brush with death prompts her to travel to Kent and transmit Arthur's cryptic last words to one of his three brothers. Bess becomes further enmeshed in the family's affairs after she learns the obscure message may relate to Graham's half-brother, Peregrine, who was committed to a local asylum for a girl's murder years before. The more Bess seeks to sate her curiosity, the more she suspects that the truth about the murder was suppressed. Fans of independent women sleuths like Maisie Dobbs will welcome this new addition to their ranks. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The pseudonymous mother-and-son writing duo of Charles Todd ( has already mastered the Great War-era mystery (the New York Times best-selling Ian Rutledge series). Here, they introduce a new series featuring battlefield nurse Bess Crawford and set in 1916, at the height of the fighting. The authors' depiction of this time and place, beautifully conveyed through accent and tone by narrator Rosalyn Landor (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), are as evocative and impeccable as ever. Bess is an intriguing new character, and listeners will look forward to hearing more of her. A promising series start enthusiastically recommended for historical mystery fans. [The Morrow hc was "highly recommended, especially for fans of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series," LJ 7/09.-Ed.]-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Healing after an injury; feels guilty for being delayed in delivering a message from a dying soldier that was under her care; becomes involved with the soldier's family when she investigates the conviction of the soldier's brother to a mental hospital for the murder of a girl years ago.

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