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An unmarked grave
Charles Todd
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in the spring of 1918, bestseller Todd's outstanding fourth Bess Crawford mystery (after 2011's A Bitter Truth) finds the British nurse and her co-workers in France contending with the Spanish influenza epidemic as well as battlefield carnage. When the number of flu victims kept in a shed before burial is one more than the official count, Bess is shocked to discover the corpse of Maj. Vincent Carson, who once served in her father's old regiment, in the shed. That the major's neck is broken suggests that his body was dumped amid the flu victims to conceal his murder. Before Bess can act on her suspicions, she catches the dread disease herself, leaving the trail to the truth even fainter on her recovery. Caroline and Charles Todd, the mother-son team who write as Charles Todd, remain unmatched in their ability to convey the horrors of trench warfare and the effect on its participants. Agent: Jane Chelius, Jane Chelius Literary Agency. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

What is one more dead body in a shed full of bodies? In Todd's fourth Crawford mystery (after A Bitter Truth), the Spanish influenza is killing indiscriminately on the World War I battlefields. Bess is summoned by Private Wilson to the shed where the deceased are kept until burial. There is an extra body, its neck broken, slipped in among the corpses. Before she can alert the authorities, Bess succumbs to the flu. Slowly, she returns to health only to find that Wilson is dead from an apparent suicide. Suspicious, Bess discovers the killer is methodically eliminating anyone who can identify him. She must find the murderer before he finds her. Verdict This engaging historical provides an intriguing look at the chaos the 1918 epidemic caused. Bess is the lynchpin of the story, with her sense of justice that won't allow a murderer to go unpunished, even when her life is endangered. Highly recommended for fans of wartime mysteries, plucky women sleuths like Maisie Dobbs, and the Downton Abbey television series. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/12.]-Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L., MD (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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