[Reading] ➶ A Cruel Deception : A Bess Crawford Mystery ➬ Charles Todd – Horsebackridingwisconsin.us

A Cruel Deception : A Bess Crawford Mystery In The Aftermath Of World War I, Nurse Bess Crawford Attempts To Save A Troubled Former Soldier From A Mysterious Killer In This Eleventh Book In The Beloved Bess Crawford Mystery Series From New York Times Bestselling Author Charles ToddThe Armistice Of November Ended The Fighting, But The Great War Will Not Be Over Until A Peace Treaty Is Drawn Up And Signed By All Parties Representatives From The Allies Are Gathering In Paris, And Already Ominous Signs Of Disagreement Have AppearedSister Bess Crawford, Who Has Been Working With The Severely Wounded In England In The War S Wake, Is Asked To Carry Out A Personal Mission In Paris For A Matron At The London Headquarters Of The Queen Alexandra SBess Is Facing Decisions About Her Own Future, Even As She Searches For The Man She Is Charged With Helping When She Does Locate Lawrence Minton, She Finds A Bitter And Disturbed Officer Who Has Walked Away From His Duties At The Peace Conference And Is Well On His Way Toward An Addiction To Opiates When She Confronts Him With The Dangers Of Using Laudanum, He Tells Her That He Doesn T Care If He Lives Or Dies, As Long As He Can Find Oblivion But What Has Changed Him What Is It That Haunts Him He Can T Confide In Bess Because The Truth Is So Deeply Buried In His Mind That He Can Only Relive It In Nightmares The Officers Who Had Shared A House With Him In Paris Profess To Know Nothing Still, Bess Is Reluctant To Trust Them Even When They Offer Her Their Help But Where To Begin On Her Own What Is Driving This Man To A Despair So Profound It Can Only End With Death The War Something That Happened In Paris To Prevent A Tragedy, She Must Get At The Truth As Quickly As Possible Which Means Putting Herself Between Lieutenant Minton And Whatever Is Destroying Him Or Is It Whoever

15 thoughts on “A Cruel Deception : A Bess Crawford Mystery

  1. says:

    This series has taken the reader through the unspeakable horrors of World War I through the eyes of Sister nurse Bess Crawford Each entry, while focusing on a murder or murders to be solved, gains its inspiration from actual events inspired by that war and its effects on every strata of European society, resulting mysteries that are not only entertaining but appeal to the heart and the mind of the reader.A Cruel Deception is no exception We find Bess at loose ends as peace talks are in full swing and she ponders whether to stay in nursing or look at other career paths She is unexpectedly asked by Matron to look for her missing son in France Bess locates Matron s son, who is addicted to laudanum and suffering from symptoms of what today would be termed PTSD More importantly, she has reason to believe Lawrence Minton may be guilty of murder but whose and why This is a finely layered mystery that builds on itself to a rousing climax While the mystery of Lawrence Minton is solved by book s end, the mystery of Bess s future is still wide open Where will her career take her What about her relationship with Simon Surely enough fodder for many entries into this fine series.Full Disclosure NetGalley and the publisher provided me with a digital ARC of this book This is my honest review.

  2. says:

    Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review The book will be published on October 22nd, 2019.An absorbing addition to the Bess Crawford series this episode takes place in Paris, just after the end of WWI Bess is sent on a private mission to track down the missing son of a Nursing Matron and has to unravel a complicated history whilst fending off surprise attacks on both herself and the subject Always well versed in historical detail, I particularly enjoy the nursing overlay present in the Crawford series While slow paced, it was never boring and I found I couldn t put it down.

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