By Charles Todd
Take pleasure in Charles Todd's 3rd novel within the Bess Crawford sequence: A sour fact. As an advantage, you get an excerpt from the fourth Bess Crawford novel, An Unmarked Grave, on sale June five, 2012.
attempting to support a lady in misery, international battle I nurse and unintentional sleuth Bess Crawford learns that no stable deed is going unpunished.
whilst battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas go away, she reveals a bruised and shivering lady huddled within the doorway of her London place of abode. the lady has nowhere to show, and propelled via a company experience of responsibility, 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 choose her to Sussex. understanding that the girl is struggling with a concussion, Bess offers up a couple of valuable days of depart to shuttle along with her. yet she quickly discovers that it is a reliable deed with unforeseeable consequences.
What Bess unearths at Vixen Hill is a home of mourning. The woman's relatives has accrued for a memorial carrier for the elder son, who died of battle wounds. Her husband, domestic on compassionate depart, is demanding, laid low with jealousy and his personal responsible conscience.
Then, while a stricken houseguest is located lifeless, Bess herself turns into a major suspect within the case. This homicide will lead her to a perilous quest in war-torn France, an unforeseen best friend, and a startling revelation that places her in jeopardy ahead of a vicious killer may be uncovered.
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A Bitter Truth with Bonus Material (Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 3) by Charles Todd