By Charles Todd
Global conflict I nurse and beginner sleuth Bess Crawford suits wits with a devious killer during this intriguing and suspenseful experience from big apple occasions bestselling writer Charles Todd
within the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing hundreds of thousands of squaddies and civilians around the globe. crushed by way of the consistent stream of wounded infantrymen coming from the French entrance, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford needs to now cope with enormous quantities of influenza sufferers as well.
besides the fact that, conflict and disorder are usually not the one killers to strike. Bess discovers, hid one of the useless awaiting burial, the physique of an officer who has been murdered. although she is dedicated to all her sufferers, this soldier's dying touches her deeply. not just did the fellow serve in her father's former regiment, he was once additionally a kin friend.
prior to she will record the bad information, Bess falls ailing, the newest sufferer of the flu. by the point she recovers, the murdered officer has been buried, and the one different one who observed the physique has hanged himself. Or did he?
operating her father's connections within the army, Bess starts off to piece jointly what little proof she will be able to locate to unmask the elusive killer and spot justice served. yet she has to be as vigilant as she is tenacious. With a made up our minds killer on her heels, every one circulation Bess makes can be her final.
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An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 4) by Charles Todd