Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: A Bitter Truth- 3rd in the Bess Crawford Mystery series
Author: Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-201370-9 (Hardcover)
Release Date: August 2011
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Charles's Website/Blog: www.charlestodd.com
It's almost Christmas and Bess Crawford, battlefield nurse in World War I is headed home from France for Christmas leave. When she arrives at her London home, she finds a woman huddled in her the doorway. She has been beaten and is covered with bruises. Bess, being an angel of mercy takes her in. When the woman is made comfortable in Bess's home she tells Bess that she had a quarrel with her husband that turned into the extreme but, she still wants to go home if Bess will take her. Bess knows that the woman (Lydia) is suffering a concussion so she gives up some days of her leave and travels with Lydia to Sussex.
When they arrive at Vixen Hill, Lydia's home, they find that the house is in mourning for an elder son of the family killed in the war. Lydia's husband, home on leave is nervous and upset and full of jealous feelings. Another death happens as a houseguest is found dead. Subsequently, Bess becomes a suspect in the case. This slaying will take Bess back to France on a very dangerous search, meeting an unexpected ally in her search and reaching a surprising truth that will put her in the path of a spiteful killer.
This is the third in the Beth Crawford mysteries by Charles Todd (a mother and son writing team). It's a very interesting story and well written with good plotting and characters. Readers (like me) who are history buffs will really enjoy it as will fiction/history/mystery readers. So enjoy!!
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