A Duty to the Dead
England, 1916. Independent-minded Bess Crawford's upbringing is far different from that of the usual upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. Growing up in India, she learned the importance of responsibility, honor, and duty from her officer father. At the outbreak of World War I, she followed in... show more
England, 1916. Independent-minded Bess Crawford's upbringing is far different from that of the usual upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. Growing up in India, she learned the importance of responsibility, honor, and duty from her officer father. At the outbreak of World War I, she followed in his footsteps and volunteered for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship Britannic.
On one voyage, Bess grows fond of the young, gravely wounded Lieutenant Arthur Graham. Something rests heavily on his conscience, and to give him a little peace as he dies, she promises to deliver a message to his brother. It is some months before she can carry out this duty, and when she's next in England, she herself is recovering from a wound.
When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference. Neither his mother nor his brother Timothy seems to think it has any significance. Unsettled by this, Bess is about to take her leave when sudden tragedy envelops her. She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty to the dead has thrust her into a maelstrom of intrigue and murder that will endanger her own life and test her courage as not even war has.
Publish date: 2010-08-17
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Series: Bess Crawford (#1)
by Charles Todd This story caught my imagination when I read the sample. A nurse in WWI promises Arthur Graham, a dying patient, to take a cryptic message back to his brother Jonathan in Kent, memorised word for word. Having developed some unprofessional feelings towards Arthur, she hesitates to e...
Add yet another series to my never ending list of things that need finishing.
The first installment in the Bess Crawford Series and it was an enjoyable read without being an exceptional one. Bess Crawford is a nurse in WWI, who currently is on home leave because of a broken arm. Prior to her injury she promised a dying soldier that she would pass a message along to his brothe...
Original review here. I can't tell you how much I love this series. And as I just learned there's a new book (out last year I think) I haven't read yet, I decided to reread the whole thing. Also, most of them don't have reviews since some were listened to (and barely gotten through) during the m...
A Duty to the Dead is the first book in the Bess Crawford series. I have previously read book seven in the series; A Pattern of Lies a little while ago and I just absolutely loved that book. And, of course I wanted to read the series from the beginning and lucky me; I own the first book as an eBook....