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Published by William Morrow, June 2012 ****
This is my first encounter with Charles Todd and his Bess Crawford mystery series. I was intrigued by the idea of a murder mystery set during WWI and the in the midst of the Spanish Influenza outbreak. The book had a strong start, and though there was a lot going on during the middle, I found it just a bit lacking, but it did have a solid ending. Perhaps I would have appreciated the substance of the narrative more had I read prior Bess Crawford books and had a better understanding of her father and his regiment and the role of Sergeant-Major Brandon and the dynamic between him and Bess. I did like Bess as a character. I respected that she was strong-willed, intelligent, and compassionate. It’s a difficult job nursing on the front-lines and her grit and determination was admirable, not to mention her bravery, especially when she was being pursued by a murderer. She offers a unique perspective as a witness to the brutalities of war. I would probably read another Bess Crawford mystery in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book via TLC Book Tours.
For a great Spanish Influenza novel, I recommend The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen.
For a mystery set during WWII, check out Flight from Berlin by David John.