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A Bitter TruthNuiry and they don t bother to o visit her They just send Simon Doesn t that seem odd Maybe her father is busy with war office stuff but surely her mother would want to see her since she works in a war zone Ah well One thing that I thought would help The uestion small spoiler view spoiler was that when Simon heard about the child he d ask her about the soldier who did all this for Bess Sister of My Heart get the orphanage list the rescue the trip to England Even if he wasn t jealous surely he d wonder about a romantic attachment particularly since Bess doesn t seem to date much Even if he didn t think it was any of his business surely he d make a sly remark or wink or something Oh well at least Bess had a handsome man do some crazy stuff for her hide spoiler Bess Crawford is on leave from the front when she stumbles over a woman outside her house She takes pity on her and learns that the women has been struck by her husband and has fled to London She slowlyains the woman s trust and learns that her name is Lydia and that her husband s name is Roger Bess agrees to travel with her home to her house in the country But this act of kindness will result in uite a lot of trouble as everyone in the household inclusive Bess will be suspected in a murder case Once again has Charles Todd written an engrossing historical novel with where Bess en up having to find out the truth She must try to figure out why anyone would kill a houseguest but this time even she is a suspect Prior to the man s death has he asked Roger at dinner about a child that looked like Julianna Rogers little sister he asked Roger at dinner about a child that looked like Julianna Rogers little sister died when she was just 6 years old But who is the child in uestion and could that simple uestion really be the reason for his deathAs much as I enjoyed the book and the mystery was I also a bit puzzled why it all had to be such a hush hush thing When the truth finally was revealed about the child was not that overly surprised I would have liked a interesting and perhaps surprising mystery than that I felt that the family mourning of Julianna was frankly a bit over the top sometimes that it could affect the present time that much Yeah it was tragical and yeah she was a beautiful child But sometimes the truth could perhaps save some heartache and time Still I enjoyed finding out the truth even though it was a little let down that it wasn t that complexBut the murders is all whole other story I failed to realize who the murder was It wasn t until Bess and Simon Brandon realized who it was and then everything made senseOne thing that really pleased me and confused me was that Sergeant Lassiter Lari has finally made his first entrance in this book series I am a bit confused about the name of him since I read about him A Pattern of Lies where he was Sergeant Lassiter but here is he called Sergeant Lari Could there really be two different Aussie Sergeants with the same trademark Kookaburra laughterI just have to read on to figure it out45 stars Another excellent Bess Crawford mystery I King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies got behind in this series in all my series really and finallyot around to finishing this one I love this time periof and this one is a little claustrophobic It is an English Country House mystery with extended circumstances Bess was very patient with Lydia Much patient than I would have been She didn t even Rescuing Gus get to spend time with her family while she was on leave from FranceGood mystery withood characters While I like the character nurse Bess Crawford and the time and place England WW I this story was very disappointing The premise was very weak and the events that followed felt very forced It lacked an emotional center This book bore little comparison to the Ian Rutledge mysteries by the same motherson writing team Those books are emotional intelligent And Much Engaging A Fulfilling much engaging A fulfilling that involves a WW I nurse is the William MonkHester Latterly books by Anne Perry 35 stars Good but wasn t a compelling read for me seemed a bit draggy in spots Protagonist is morally refreshing enjoyed the author s characterization of this resolute nurse in an interesting WW 1 timeframe I believe I did enjoy the 1st one of this series a bit Duty to the Dead which I recently read. Ar wounds Her husband home on compassionate leave is tense tormented by jealousy and his own Class of 92: Out of Our League guilty conscience Then when a troubled houseuest is found dead Bess herself becomes a prime suspect in the case This murder will lead her to a dangerous uest in war torn France an unexpected ally and a startling revelation that puts her in jeopardy before a vicious killer can be exposed. ,


3 Pretty ood A solid 4 A few things I didn t like 1 Lydia Spoiled and making demands of Bess to stay Or Do Things Jesus Woman do things Jesus woman say no 2 Simon finds a connection between the dead that no one knew of creating motive for another character how about a wee bit if foreshadowing Otherwise it looks contrived for a different ending than The Illogical Mess That Came Before 3 Give Bess A illogical mess that came before 3 Give Bess a life a wee bit of romance in her life Don t make her so flat and only driven by duty 4 Either ive Simon a prominent role and take that some place or have her family show up other than the occasional phone call 5 Someone should hit roger in the face for being a rude asshole Yeah he hit his wife once and yes their reactions were appropriate for the era but still make him at least a bit apologetic instead of a total angry asshat so we can believe at least a little bit that he isn t a total wife beating monster Like I said A solid 4 Good but formulaic Bess need First Sentence A cold rain had followed me from France to England and an even colder wind reeted me as we pulled into the railway station in London Returning from the battlefields of France to England for Christmas leave WWI nurse Bess Crawford encounters a desperate woman rain drenched and bruised in her building s entry Offering her shelter Bess slowly learns the woman Lydia Ellis had been struck by her husband during an argument Lydia begs Bess to return to the family s house in Sussex with her and fearing Lydia may have a concussion Bess agrees entering a home filled with tension and ultimately murder with Bess being an initial suspect The mother and son team of Charles Todd write some of the most evocative descriptions creating a wonderfully strong sense of time and place The alternating settings of London and English country house and the stark reality cruelty and death of war are deftly handled Even they deal with the front and the wounded in a manner which is strongly impactful yet not overly raphic The dialogue is so well done it is atmospheric The forest is I don t know not haunted but most certainly it broods with a well placed sense of irony and occasional wry humor The language doesn t work hard at reflecting the period but the sense of it is still there particularly with the use of the old collective noun a crocodile of children Bess is a character who has rown on me with each successive book She Is A Dedicated is a dedicated but the authors have restrained her from coming across as prissy The relationship with Simon her father s ex Sergeant Major and now assistant is one handled with proper decorum and appropriateness to the period but one rather hopes to see row as the series progresses Lydia the wife in trouble is very well constructed as a character who is difficult to like but one who elicits one s sympathy There were a couple weaknesses to the book It did become tiresome that some of the characters were continuously referred to by their full names and although I suppose necessary for the plot I did have a problem with on significant decision made by Bess to not tell the police about a piece of evidence Both of these are minor points however when weighed against the book s strengths A Bitter Truth is the best so far of the three books in the Bess Crawford series How lucky are we readers to have two such ood series from Charles ToddA BITTER TRUTH Hist Mys Bess Crawford EnglandFrance 1917WWI VGTodd Charles 3rd in seriesWm Morrow 2011 Unc Proof HC ISBN This book does little to answer The uestion of Simon When introduced in the first book I assumed he must be ay Why else would a nice Moonrise guy still young enough to fight I duess in his 40s still be single and opt to live in a small cottage by himself I mean it s war time an eligible man who doesn t have to Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi go fight would have women following him around Then as I read the books I thought possibly he was in love with Bess heoes wherever she oes in England Or maybe it s her mother since it s her mother that always sends him out to protectchauffeur Bess Or maybe it s her father Someone in the family This book does nothing to answer this And her family is odd she ets sent back to England to deal with a police Ome if Bess will come with her to Sussex Realizing that the woman is suffering from a concussion Bess ives up a few precious days of leave to travel with her But she soon discovers that this is a ood deed with unforeseeable conseuencesWhat Bess finds at Vixen Hill is a house of mourning The woman’s family has athered for a memorial service for the elder son who has died of Charles Todd s A Bitter Truth interweaves the vices of war with the failings of families into a psychologically and historically compelling mystery set in England in 1917 Bess Crawford an intelligent and fearless nurse working on the front lines in France comes home on leave to discover a frightened young woman with a bruised face hiding on the doorstep of her London flat Unable by nature to leave the mysterious stranger out in the cold winter night Bess convinces her to take shelter inside Little does Bess know what a reat deal of trouble she has brought into her life Charles Todd who is actually a mother son partnership made up of Caroline and Charles Todd excels at keeping the war and its manifold repercussions and tragedies front and center even while much of the action takes place in England Todd also portrays an extended family already traumatized before the war and now disintegrating under the war s pressures Bess finds herself unwillingly bound to this family through her initial concern for Lydia the young woman on her doorstep and the possibility she needs to be protected from a violent marriage That turns out to be only the first level of secrets and crimes that will be unveiled throughoutYou re never sure whether those crimes and secrets arise from the war or whether they are connected to the private history of this one family The interplay shows how even far from the actual fighting the war has torn apart even a small country town and its denizens This is one of the most sophisticated critiues of the effects of war I ve read so subtle you won t notice it while you re enjoying the mystery but its resonances will stay with you long after you finish reading This is the third of the Bess Crawford mysteries preceded by A Duty to the Dead and An Impartial Witness A fourth book in the series An Unmarked Grave is now available At the outset it is necessary to say that I have not read the first two Bess Crawford Mysteries so Bess background and her relationship to Simon who seems to appear anytime Bess is in dire straits is not familiar to me As a result I found the relationship confusing But even it I understood that aspect of the story I would be hard pressed to believe the whole basis of the book That a war time nursing sister would take in an abused woman in the middle of the night in London was a stretch for me when the woman was a total stranger But I put that aside and said to myself it is Christmas time so therefore cold and dark and deserted and Bess is after all in the humanitarian business so maybe BUT she then forgoes her visit to her worried parents on a holiday leave to travel with this stranger to the home of the woman s abusive spouse And the spouse and his mother and randmother and sister and brother in law to say nothing of the town s rector and doctor reet this stranger with open arms and reveal all kinds of family secrets seemingly easily was really stretching my ability to acceptWe are speaking upper society here reveal all kinds of family secrets seemingly easily was really stretching my ability to acceptWe are speaking upper society here a son who has supposedly swatted his wife in the face A scandal if ever there was one Nevermind that Bess seems to have some pedigree of her own she is a total stranger This would never happen Needless to say having found this all very difficult to accept the multiple murders and the mystery of who dunnit was really secondary About the only part that rang true for me was Bess experiences in France her meeting the Australian and maybe the nuns and the orphans for whom they were caring Since Charles Todd was lauded prominently on the dust cover as a New York Times Bestselling Author I stuck it out but won t run out to buy another of this authors works any time soon It wasn t horrible but it wasn t ripping either and I found I don t much care what happens to the characters So so Bess is an inconsistent character the family that she is drawn in to help is full of stereotypes and their obsession with a dead perfect child is a bit over the top The plot is full of red herrings and bogs down as a result war bit over the top The plot is full of red herrings and bogs down as a result The scenes are ood and the character of the Aussie sergeant Lari is a welcome bright spot in the midst of all the starchy and angst ridden types So installment. When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well earned Christmas leave she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence The woman has nowhere to turn and propelled by a firm sense of duty Bess takes her in Once inside Bess’s flat the woman reveals that a uarrel with her husband erupted into violence yet she wants to o ,

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    EBOOK or PDF A Bitter Truth Charles Todd Õ 6 Summary So installment 3 Pretty good A solid 4 A few things I didn't like 1 Lydia Spoiled and making demands of Bess to stay or d

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    Download A Bitter Truth EBOOK or PDF A Bitter Truth Charles Todd’s A Bitter Truth interweaves the vices of war with the failings of families into a psychologically and historically compelling mystery set in England in 1917 Bess Crawford an intelligent and fearless nurse working on the front lines in France comes home on leave to discover a frightened young woman with a bruised fa

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    EBOOK or PDF A Bitter Truth review ¼ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Õ Charles Todd Another excellent Bess Crawford mystery I got behind in this series in all my series really and finally got around to finishing this one I love this time periof and this one is a little claustrophobic It is an English Country House mystery with extended circumstances Bess was very patient with Lydia Much patient than I would have been She didn't even get to spend time with her family while she was on leave from FranceGood mystery with good

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    review ¼ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Õ Charles Todd Charles Todd Õ 6 Summary Download A Bitter Truth At the outset it is necessary to say that I have not read the first two Bess Crawford Mysteries so Bess' background and her

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    EBOOK or PDF A Bitter Truth While I like the character nurse Bess Crawford and the time and place England WW I this story was very disappointing The premise was very weak and the events that followed felt very forced It lacked an emotional center This book bore little comparison to the Ian Rutledge mysteries by the same motherson writing team Those books are emotional intelligent and much engaging A fulfilling series that involves a WW I nurse is the Willia

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    Download A Bitter Truth EBOOK or PDF A Bitter Truth Charles Todd Õ 6 Summary This book does little to answer The uestion of Simon When introduced in the first book I assumed he must be gay

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