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A Question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery
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A Question of Honor A Bess Crawford Mystery In this emotionally powerful new entry in the vivid period mystery series New York Times Book Review nurse Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India a sea
  • Title: A Question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery
  • Author: Charles Todd
  • ISBN: 9780062237156
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this emotionally powerful new entry in the vivid period mystery series New York Times Book Review , nurse Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question How can facts lie Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her fatIn this emotionally powerful new entry in the vivid period mystery series New York Times Book Review , nurse Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question How can facts lie Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time In 1908, Colonel Crawford s regiment discovered it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people in India and England yet was never brought to trial In the eyes of many of these soldiers, men defined by honor and duty, the crime was a stain on the regiment sreputation, and on the good name of Bess s father, the Colonel Sahib, who had trained the killer.A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying Indian sergeant that the supposed murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive and serving at the Front Bess cannot believe the shocking news According to reliable reports, Wade s body had been seen deep in the Khyber Pass, where he died trying to reach Afghanistan Soon, though, her mind is racing How did he escape from India What drove a good man to murder in cold blood Curious to find answers, she uses her leave to investigate In the village where the first three killings took place, she discovers that locals are certain that the British soldier was innocent Yet the present owner of the house that was the scene of the crime believes otherwise, and is convinced that Bess s father helped Wade flee To settle the matter once and for all, Bess sets out to find Wade and let the courts decide.But when she stumbles on the horrific truth, something that even the famous writer Rudyard Kipling had kept secret all his life, she is shaken to her very core The facts will damn Wade even as they reveal a brutal reality, a reality that could have been her own fate.
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    1. Barbara says:

      In the early 1900 s, young teen Bess Crawford lives in India where her father, Colonel Crawford, is in charge of a British regiment The school age children of the regiment s soldiers are usually sent to England to be educated, where they live with foster families When Lieutenant Standish and his wife get word that their youngest daughter died of typhoid in England, Mrs Standish returns home escorted by the much respected Lieutenant Wade But when Lt Wade returns to India he s accused of murdering [...]

    2. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

      In A Question of Honor, we start the story in India, 1908, where Bess as a child learns that Lieutenant Wade, a man in her father s regime has killed both his parents in India and three people in England, but he disappears before they catch him And, he is presumed dead after a while when no traces of him are found A decade later Bess learns from a dying man in France that Lieutenant Wade could be still aliveThe previous book, An Unmarked Grave, was the first book in this series that I didn t fin [...]

    3. Allison Tebo says:

      That was odd I have to admit, it s been a while since I ve read a book quite like this I m afraid the only way to describe it is that it is utterly devoid of soul To my recollection, I can t remember a book as soulless and stripped as this one It was rather like trying to dehydrated, vacuum packed food All tone, all personality, all voice, all style was completely distilled from it to reach an end result that read much like an official report than a book Usually I find the first person narrati [...]

    4. Mark Flowers says:

      Some interesting characters and one intriguing piece of backstory, but the plot is a train wreck Shall we count the coincidences In chronological order spoilers ahead 1 The mystery surrounds the murder of a family in Hampshire On the day in question, Lt Wade, stationed in India, a former foster child of the family, just happens to be in England, near enough to the family to come to confront them about their abuse of him as a child He arrives at the precise moment that another of the family s fos [...]

    5. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

      Some series need to die a graceful end, this is not one of them.Whenever I want a good book, there are certain authors I reach for, certain authors I know will never let me down The mother son duo of Charles Todd numbers among those authors They have written over 20 books, and I have adored every single one What can I say There s a reason why I ve read everything Charles Todd has ever written, and will continue to do so for as long as they continue to write.An interesting, compelling mystery A l [...]

    6. Aerykah says:

      I think this may be my favorite Bess Crawford book so far.

    7. Cynthia says:

      Immensely EntertainingI couldn t get enough of this book The odd thing is I didn t find the writing especially fine, there were multiple repetitions and improbabilities in the plot, and since I hadn t read the other books in the series I found the references to other cases baffling however I couldn t stop reading because I was having so much fun In fact I found another book in this series on sale in the kindle version and bought it right after finishing A Question of Honor What I did like was th [...]

    8. Lauren says:

      A Question of Honor4 StarsWWI nurse, Bess Crawford, becomes involved in a decade old murder investigation when, moments before his death, an Indian Subedar informs her that he has seen a killer from the past During her childhood in India, an officer from her father s regiment was accused of murdering five people, but disappeared before he could be brought to trial This incident left a profound mark on the Colonel and his men for whom honor and duty are paramount Now Bess has an opportunity to lo [...]

    9. Bonnie says:

      A Question of Honor is a Bess Crawford mystery set 1908 during World War I Bess is a nurse serving during the war in France and has seen terribly wounded men and tries to keep up with patents coming in while war rages just behind the lines Bess had been raised in India where her father was posted as an officer and Bess s mother refused to let him go alone She insisted the family stay together This sets up a contrast with a family widely scattered Bess was on leave in London when she saw a small [...]

    10. Shorty says:

      Much better than the last couple novels in the series.

    11. LJ says:

      First Sentence The letter came for Lieutenant and Mrs Standish on an afternoon when the heat was at its height, and we had already retired indoors to rest until the evening.As a child, Bess Crawford lived with her family in India where her father served as a regimental colonel A sense of dishonor was borne by the regiment when one of his officers, Lieutenant Wade, was accused of murdering his parents and three others while on leave in England He escaped back to India, disappeared, and was believ [...]

    12. Mellena says:

      The story line has already been described so I won t repeat it I ve been reading this series since its inception, and this is much the same as the previous ones Always an interesting read, well written but seemingly hastily edited in a few places Though obviously formulaic, which I get, the author this time has expanded the involvement of Bess s mother, the colonel s lady , in the investigation process, which I think added to the story Funnily enough, her mother sounds like a much livelier and [...]

    13. Tina says:

      I enjoyed this book Bess Crawford is, as always, a pleasure I found some of the coincidences completely unbelievable, however while Bess is serving in hospitals near French battlefields, somehow people connected to the incidents in question in England continue to appear in Bess s orbit I see how the author was using these narrative devices to push the plot along, but I found it rather jarring I d stop to ask myself what s the probability of her running into him HERE Nonetheless, I adore Bess Cra [...]

    14. Cathy Cole says:

      I first became acquainted with the mother son writing team known as Charles Todd through their series featuring World War I veteran and victim of shell shock , Inspector Ian Rutledge Although that series is excellent, after awhile Rutledge s depression and angst became wearing In the Bess Crawford series we get to see the horrors of World War I through the eyes of a nurse at the front lines someone risking her own life daily in an attempt to save men like Ian Rutledge This series has continued t [...]

    15. Maggie Boyd says:

      A completely engrossing read The story starts in India, where a young Bess Crawford is home with her parents when she hears the news of a young girls death The little lass had been sent to England for schooling and died of typhoid The devastated mother goes back to Britain, wanting to comfort her eldest daughter also at the same home for schooling Since there are constant skirmishes at this moment on the subcontinent and the father can t leave, the lady is accompanied by another soldier, a Lt Wa [...]

    16. Sheri South says:

      There s a lot to like about this book an old house with a dark secret in its past, a look at British Colonial India, and of course the World War I setting I ve read every book in this series, and while I ve enjoyed them, there s something that keeps them out of five star territory for me, something I could never quite put my finger on Never, that is, until I read the back matter at the end of the book In it, the author s talk about how they enjoyed being able to visit Bess s childhood, and explo [...]

    17. Jeanette says:

      Barely made the 3 stars Bess, despite her valiant service and investigative nature, somehow to me she just echoes a flat affect It s not just Simon who lacks moves They seem so paper cut stereotypes of the heroic WWI figures on a monument frozen The plots for Bess Crawford are contrived to the point of close to ridiculous motives for murder, as well, IMHO Not unreal, but just so highly unlikely most of it I enjoyed the part in India, but doubt if I will read any Crawford The Ian Rutledge series [...]

    18. Lisa says:

      A terrific entry in the Bess Crawford mystery series, which seems to get increasingly better with each book may they continue indefinitely The story includes much interesting information about India during the British Raj and about nursing on and near the front lines in World War I, as well as continuing to develop the main characters and having a fine plot.

    19. Susan Ash hanson says:

      Good, I m about ready for that war to be over

    20. David says:

      Thanks to my friend Carol for passing this along to me Now I want to read everything by this author actually a mother and son team , the two books I ve read so far are so absorbing and engaging Still, I did notice the perfect plotting required a few convenient coincidences But that s true of many mysteries, and doesn t really bother me One thing I appreciate about the Bess Crawford mysteries is that she s a battlefield nurse in World War One, so there s a lot of description of the awful carnage [...]

    21. Richard says:

      A truly great read It is amazing how the author can take a seemingly innocent situation and turn it into an amazing mystery I have read six Bess Crawford novels and each one truly a great read Each of the characters are very believable The plot and sub plots are amazing What seems like a simple coincidence turns into a major mystery with twist and turns and unexpected revelations Of the six Bess Crawford mysteries I have read, I have not managed to figure out the killer before it was reveales I [...]

    22. Kathleen (Kat) Smith says:

      For some honor means everything For a soldier especially Men have killed to keep the honor of their family or their duty as an officer intact That s why it comes as a complete surprise and utter shock when Lieutenant Wade has been accused of murder Not only the murder of his parents, but also the murder of a random family that he seemed to have close ties with For nurse Bess Crawford, this comes at such a loss for words for a man that she thought she knew to have committed these murders It seems [...]

    23. Luffy says:

      At one stage reading the book, it was threatening to be one of the worst ones I ve come across It was veering between one and two stars I said to myself, give me a reason and I ll do it Well, I did rate it 1 star, and as a result, I m swearing off books by Charles Todd The warning signs were there when at every step of the inquiry conducted by the heroine, Bess Crawford, there was a plethora of deaths set in the past Now, untimely deaths that haunt the present from their grave is a device that t [...]

    24. Ariel says:

      I have read every entry in this series and I do love them all but this one took a little time for me to get through it In this novel an incident from the past resurfaces and leads to a mystery Bess is determined to solve As some other reviewers correctly pointed out, this novel perhaps relies a bit too much on coincidences to propel the story along For instance Bess is in the middle of a battle in France and yet she keeps running into people integral to the story A certain person in fact who ma [...]

    25. Kathleen says:

      The main character, Bess Crawford, recognizes a man from her father s regiment back in India when she was young The officer had disgraced the regiment by running away from charges of committing murders both in India and in England but now appears to be a British soldier fighting in Europe Bess and her family become involved in finding the truth about the murders and how the man has survived in the intervening years Except for some implausibility regarding the young man s ability to survive so mu [...]

    26. Claire says:

      I received A Question of Honor as part of a giveaway.In 1908 India, five horrific murders are committed within the regiment of Bess Crawford s father and the chief suspect, Lt Thomas Wade, escapes without a trace, seemingly confirming his guilt Ten years later, serving as a nurse in WWI, Bess treats a mysterious patient who she is convinced is Wade, living under an assumed name Is it And if so, can she bring him to justice Or is there to this case than meets the eye Bess takes on these question [...]

    27. Margaret Chind says:

      The covers editions I have

    28. Linda says:

      This installment of the Bess Crawford series begins with a flashback of ten years when she was a young teen in India As always, the mystery revolves around military men connected with the Colonel Sahib and Simon We are given a bit insight into those families who lived in India and sacrifices they made Rudyard Kipling even makes a cameo appearance as a friend of Melinda Crawford and helps with solving the mystery An officer accused of several murders disappears from the Colonel s command in Indi [...]

    29. Larraine says:

      Charles Todd s latest Bess Crawford brings the reader to just before the end of World War I Bess is a nurse in France One of the men she tries to help is an Indian soldier who claims that he saw an AWOL British Lieutenant from 10 yrs before when Bess and her parents were in India where her father, a Colonel commanded a regiment there Bess is shocked because the man was accused of murder his parents who lived in India but also was accused of killing a family of three in cold blood in England She [...]

    30. Kate says:

      Barely finishable Bess s continual lies in an attempt to solve a long ago murder which she only wants to solve because the loss of the alleged murderer reflects badly on her father, her complete inability to be logical in her suspicions, the crazy level of coincidence, Simon as all knowing Mr Knightley again not deserving Mr Knightley any , let us say all knowing Edward Cullen , the general confused plot, A nurse who spends time on leave or shunted from hospital to hospital on an impossible tim [...]

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