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Charles Todd µ 3 downloadL 5 Someone should hit oger in the face for being a Wonderful Memories of It's a Wonderful Life rude asshole Yeah he hit his First Sentence A coldain had followed me from France to England a Green Eyed Envy rude asshole Yeah he hit his First Sentence A coldain had followed me from France to England an even colder wind greeted me as we pulled into the The A-List Diet Fitness Plan railway station in London Returning from the battlefields of France to England for Christmas leave WWI nurse Bess Crawford encounters a desperate womanain drenched and bruised in her building s entry Offering her shelter Bess slowly learns the woman Lydia Ellis had been struck by her husband during an argument Lydia begs Bess to eturn to the family s house in Sussex with her and fearing Lydia may have a concussion Bess agrees entering a home filled with tension and ultimately murder with Bess being an initial suspect The mother and son team of Charles Todd write some of the most evocative descriptions creating a wonderfully strong sense of time and place The alternating settings of London and English country house and the stark eality cruelty and death of war are deftly handled Even they deal with the front and the wounded in a manner which is strongly impactful yet not overly graphic The dialogue is so well done it is atmospheric The forest is I don t know not haunted but most certainly it broods with a well placed sense of irony and occasional wry humor The language doesn t work hard at "reflecting the period but the sense of it is still there particularly with the use of the " the period but the sense of it is still there particularly with the use of the collective noun a crocodile of children Bess is a character who has grown on me with each successive book She is a dedicated nurse but the authors have estrained her from coming across as prissy The elationship with Simon her father s ex Sergeant Major and now assistant is One Handled With Proper Decorum handled with proper decorum appropriateness to the period but one The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families rather hopes to see grow as the series progresses Lydia the wife in trouble is very well constructed as a character who is difficult to like but one who elicits one s sympathy There were a couple weaknesses to the book It did become tiresome that some of the characters were continuouslyeferred to by their full names and although I suppose necessary for the plot I did have a problem with on significant decision made by Bess to not tell the police about a piece of evidence Both of these are minor points however when weighed against the book s strengths A Bitter Truth is the best so far of the three books in the Bess Crawford series How lucky are we When I Grow Up, I'm Going to Play for the Nebraska Cornhuskers readers to have two such good series from Charles ToddA BITTER TRUTH Hist Mys Bess Crawford EnglandFrance 1917WWI VGTodd Charles 3rd in seriesWm Morrow 2011 Unc Proof HC ISBN This book does little to answer The uestion of Simon When introduced in the first book I assumed he must be gay Why else would a nice guy still young enough to fight I d guess in his 40s still be single and opt to live in a small cottage by himself I mean it s war time an eligible man who doesn t have to go fight would have women following him around Then as Iead the books I thought possibly he was in love with Bess he goes wherever she goes in England Or maybe it s her mother since it s her mother that always sends him out to protectchauffeur Bess Or maybe it s her father Someone in the family This book does nothing to answer. Ome if Bess will come with her to Sussex Realizing that the woman is suffering from a concussion Bess gives up a few precious days of leave to travel with her But she soon discovers that this is a good deed with unforeseeable conseuencesWhat Bess finds at Vixen Hill is a house of mourning The woman’s family has gathered for a memorial service for the elder son who has died of
Charles Todd s A Bitter Truth interweaves the vices of war with the failings of families into a psychologically and historically compelling mystery set in England in 1917 BESS CRAWFORD AN INTELLIGENT AND Bess Crawford an intelligent and nurse working on the front lines in France comes home on leave to discover a frightened young wo At the outset it is necessary to say that I have not Die Zarin read the first two Bess Crawford Mysteries so Bess background and herelationship to Simon who seems to appear anytime Bess is in dire straits is not familiar to me As a Meaning in History: The Theological Implications of the Philosophy of History result I found theelationship confusing But even it I understood that aspect of the story I would be hard pressed to believe the whole basis of the book That a war time nursing sister would take in an abused woman in the middle of the night in London was a stretch for me when the woman was a total stranger But I put that aside and said to myself it is Christmas time so therefore cold and dark and deserted and Bess is after all in the humanitarian business so maybe BUT she then forgoes her visit to her worried parents on a holiday leave to travel with this stranger to the home of the woman s abusive spouse And the spouse and his mother and grandmother and sister and brother in law to say nothing of the town s Will Gallows and the Snake-Bellied Troll rector and doctor greet this stranger with open arms andeveal all kinds of family secrets seemingly easily was Nosferatu really stretching my ability to acceptWe are speaking upper society here with a son who has supposedly swatted his wife in the face A scandal if ever there was one Nevermind that Bess seems to have some pedigree of her own she is a total stranger This would never happen Needless to say having found this all very difficult to accept the multiple murders and the mystery of who dunnit waseally secondary About the only part that Snuggle Up, Little One: A Treasury of Bedtime Stories rang true for me was Bess experiences in France her meeting the Australian and maybe the nuns and the orphans for whom they were caring Since Charles Todd was lauded prominently on the dust cover as a New York Times Bestselling Author I stuck it out but won tun out to buy another of this authors works any time soon It wasn t horrible but it wasn t gripping either and I found I don t much care what happens to the characters So so Bess is an inconsistent character the family that she is drawn in to help is full of stereotypes and their obsession with a dead perfect child is a bit over the top The plot is full of Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen red herrings and bogs down as aesult The war time scenes are good and the character of the Aussie sergeant Lari is a welcome bright spot in the midst of all the starchy and angst idden types So installment 3 Pretty good A solid 4 A few things I didn t like 1 Lydia Spoiled and making demands of Bess to stay or do things Jesus woman just Spoiled and making demands of Bess to stay or do things Jesus woman just no 2 Simon finds a connection between the dead that no one knew of creating motive for another character how about a wee bit if foreshadowing Otherwise it looks contrived for a different ending than the illogical mess that came before 3 Give Bess a love life a wee bit of omance in her life Don t make her so flat and only driven by duty 4 Either give Simon a prominent Gargantuan role and take that some place or have her family show up other than the occasional phone cal. When battlefield nurse Bess Crawfordeturns from France for a well earned Christmas leave she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London Wolfgang residence The woman has nowhere to turn and propelled by a firm sense of duty Bess takes her in Once inside Bess’s flat the womaneveals that a uarrel with her husband erupted into violence yet she wants to go This And her family is odd she gets sent back to England to deal with a police inuiry and they don t bother to go visit her They just send Simon Doesn t that seem odd Maybe her father is busy with war office stuff but surely her mother would want to see her since she works in a war zone Ah well One thing that I thought would help The uestion small spoiler view spoiler was that when Simon heard about the child he d ask her about the soldier who did all this for Bess get the orphanage list the escue the trip to England Even if he wasn t jealous surely he d wonder about a Wurr 3 (Wurr romantic attachment particularly since Bess doesn t seem to date much Even if he didn t think it was any of his business surely he d make a slyemark or wink or something Oh well at least Bess had a handsome man do some crazy stuff for her hide spoiler Bess Crawford is on leave from the front when she stumbles over a woman outside her house She takes pity on her and learns that the women has been struck by her husband and has fled to London She slowly gains the woman s trust and learns that her name is Lydia and that her husband s name is Roger Bess agrees to travel with her home to her house in the country But this act of kindness will Кракатит result in uite a lot of trouble as everyone in the household inclusive Bess will be suspected in a murder case Once again has Charles Todd written an engrossing historical novel with where Bess en up having to find out the truth She must try to figure out why anyone would kill a houseguest but this time even she is a suspect Prior to the man s death has he asked Roger at dinner about a child that looked like Julianna Rogers little sister that died when she was just 6 years old But who is the child in uestion and could that simple uestioneally be the Werewolf: The Apocalypse reason for his deathAs much as I enjoyed the book and the mystery was I also a bit puzzled why it all had to be such a hush hush thing When the truth finally wasevealed about the child was not that overly surpris Another excellent Bess Crawford mystery I got behind in this series in all my series eally and finally got around to finishing this one I love this time periof and this one is a little claustrophobic It is an English Country House mystery with extended circumstances Bess was very patient with Lydia Much patient than I would have been She didn t even get to spend time with her family while she was on leave from FranceGood mystery with good characters While I like the character nurse Bess Crawford and the time and place England WW I this story was very disappointing The Premise Was Very Weak And The Events was very weak and the events followed felt very forced It lacked an emotional center This book bore little comparison to the Ian Rutledge mysteries by the same motherson writing team Those books are emotional intelligent and
much engaging a fulfilling series that involves aengaging A fulfilling series that involves a I nurse is the William MonkHester Latterly books by Anne Perry 35 stars Good but wasn t a compelling ead for me seemed a bit draggy in spots Protagonist is morally efreshing enjoyed the author s characterization of this esolute nurse in an interesting WW 1 timeframe I believe I did enjoy the 1st one of this series a bit Duty to the Dead which I Ivy Vines Visions recentlyead. Ar wounds Her husband home on compassionate leave is tense tormented by jealousy and his own guilty conscience Then when a troubled house guest is found dead Bess herself becomes a prime suspect in the case This murder will lead her to a dangerous uest in war torn France an unexpected ally and a startling Mein Plan zur Rettung der unsichtbaren Freundin von nebenan revelation that puts her in jeopardy before a vicious killer can be exposed.