By Charles Todd
From the brilliantly resourceful long island occasions bestselling writer Charles Todd comes an unforgettable new personality in a superb new series
England, 1916. Independent-minded Bess Crawford's upbringing is way diversified from that of the standard upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. growing to be up in India, she realized the significance of accountability, honor, and accountability from her officer father. on the outbreak of worldwide battle I, she in his footsteps and volunteered for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed medical institution send Britannic.
On one voyage, Bess grows keen on the younger, gravely wounded Lieutenant Arthur Graham. whatever rests seriously on his sense of right and wrong, and to offer him a bit peace as he dies, she grants to bring a message to his brother. it's a few months earlier than she will be able to perform this responsibility, and while she's subsequent in England, she herself is improving from a wound.
while Bess arrives on the Graham condo in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's final needs with spectacular indifference. Neither his mom nor his brother Timothy turns out to imagine it has any value. Unsettled by way of this, Bess is ready to take her depart while unexpected tragedy envelops her. She speedy discovers that pleasurable this accountability to the useless has thrust her right into a maelstrom of intrigue and homicide that may endanger her personal existence and try her braveness as now not even conflict has.
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I’d throw away pages and pages of her work every time I cleaned her room. ” I was afraid to tell Cheyenne how badly I wanted to see Brooke’s writings for fear I’d scare her off. “Fascinating,” I said. ” “Maybe you can show me sooner rather than later. ” “I’m not claiming it’s great art or anything. ” Cheyenne laughed, from nerves I thought. ” By the time Cheyenne unlocked her apartment door, the sun had gone down, and we’d spent over an hour in the beer garden. The beer helped her agree to show me her work.
I gave him a job in the gift shop. I give him discount coupons for the girls. I hated calling the cops on him but he’s been worse than usual. He came to get the sheets off Brooke’s bed. Can you believe that? Well, naturally 41 CHARLES DEEMER / DEAD BODY IN A SMALL ROOM the room had been cleaned as soon as the police were through with it. We got a new girl coming in next week from Vegas. Sonny Boy wanted to put Brooke’s sheets on his own bed or some damn thing. Sniff himself to sleep or whatever.
Obviously the person who had killed her. “Your chief of police didn’t believe me,” Anita went on. During her story, she’d planted a cigarette into the holder and had smoked it to a stub, which she stabbed out now. “He said that a person’s handwriting can change dramatically under 32 CHARLES DEEMER / DEAD BODY IN A SMALL ROOM duress. That’s poppycock. I never heard that, have you? No one will ever convince me that the note was written by my daughter. There was a woman there, a police woman, and she understood the situation as clearly as I did, but this didn’t matter to the chief either.
A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 1) by Charles Todd