By Charles Todd
Attempting to support a girl in misery, international battle I nurse and unintentional sleuth Bess Crawford learns that no reliable deed is going unpunished
while battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas depart, she unearths a bruised and shivering lady huddled within the doorway of her London place of dwelling. the girl has nowhere to show, and propelled by way of an organization experience of accountability, Bess takes her in.
as soon as within Bess's flat, the lady finds quarrel along with her husband erupted into violence, but she desires to go back home--if Bess will opt for her to Sussex. figuring out that the girl is being affected by a concussion, Bess supplies up a number of beneficial days of go away to commute along with her. yet she quickly discovers that this can be a stable deed with unforeseeable consequences.
What Bess reveals at Vixen Hill is a home of mourning. The woman's relations has accrued for a memorial provider for the elder son, who died of warfare wounds. Her husband, domestic on compassionate depart, is annoying, affected by jealousy and his personal in charge conscience.
Then, while a afflicted houseguest is located useless, Bess herself turns into a primary suspect within the case. This homicide will lead her to a deadly quest in war-torn France, an unforeseen best friend, and a startling revelation that places her in jeopardy sooner than a vicious killer may be uncovered.
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Just to show politeness and good manners placed one in danger of the guillotine. 50 The French Revolution In order to carry out the government's plan of population control, people were slaughtered by the hundreds and thousands. When the guillotine proved too slow, those rounded up were herded together and blown to pieces by rifle and cannon fire. So great was the slaughter that the Rhone River ran red with the blood of the corpses thrown into it. Jean Baptiste Carrier had a peculiar hatred against children.
48 The French Revolution Commenting upon the attack against religion and morality during the French Revolution, John Robison stated: ... in all those villainous machinations against the peace of the world, the attack has been first made on the principles of Morality and Religion. 13 After the death of the King in 1793, the leaders of the Revolution, who now had total control of the government, set out to make terror the order of the day. This terror was not only applied to the common people but to each other as well.
The people were then told that, to prevent this planned massacre, the King's residence must be invaded and the Monarchy overthrown. This was the opposite of what was about to happen. It was not the aristocrats who were planning a massacre, it was the revolutionaries. As had happened at Versailles, when the mob invaded the King's residence, he instructed his guards not to fire on the crowd to protect him. Upon the fall of the Tuileries, the mob went mad in a rage of destruction. Everything in their path was an object of spoliation.
A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 3) by Charles Todd