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A Bitter Truth
A Bess Crawford Mystery #3
Charles Todd

William Morrow
May 2012 / ISBN 97800620157 09
World War I England

Reviewed by Barbara Buhrer

Bess Crawford arrives back in London on Christmas leave from her duties as an Army nurse in France to find a battered wife, on her doorstep. Bess takes her in and, at Lydia's request, accompanies her to Lydia;s home in a dreary corner of Susse. As the family gathers for a memorial service for Lydia's deceased brother-in-law, a family friend attending the memorial and is found murdered. Bess finds his death is linked to the rumor that Lydia's husband, while stationed in France, is the father of a Fench child who is the image of his dead sister who died tragically early in life. Bess confides in her Australian sergeant, who searches for the child, who is supposed to be in the care of French nuns.

Todd, the team of mother and son, has presented another well developed plot, set in the England of World War I. They bring World War I, England ace to life with a realistic look at battlefield conditions of the war. Bess is strong likeable, resourseful and caring, and perhaps has a future with her Australia sergeant??

Reviews of other titles in this series

Duty to the Dead, #1  [review]
Impartial Witness, #2  [review]
Bitter Truth, #3   [review 1] [review 2]
An Unmarked Grave, #4
A Question of Honor #5  [review]
An Unwilling Accomplice #6  [review]
A Pattern of Lies #7 [review]
The Shattered Tree # 8 [review]


Reviewed 2012