A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries #3) (Large Print / Paperback)

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“Highly recommended—well-rounded, believable characters, a multi-layered plot solidly based on human nature, all authentically set in the England of 1917…an outstanding and riveting read.”
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens

“Bess Crawford is a strong and likable character.”
Washington Times

Already deservedly lauded for the superb historical crime novels featuring shell-shocked Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge (A Lonely Death, A Pale Horse et al), acclaimed author Charles Todd upped the ante by introducing readers to a wonderful new series protagonist, World War One battlefield nurse Bess Crawford. Featured for a third time in A Bitter Truth, Bess reaches out to help an abused and frightened young woman, only to discover that no good deed ever goes unpunished when the good Samaritan nurse finds herself falsely accused of murder. A terrific follow up to Todd’s A Duty to the Dead and An Impartial Witness, A Bitter Truth is another thrilling and evocative mystery from “one of the most respected writers in the genre” (Denver Post) and a treat for fans of Elizabeth George, Anne Perry, Martha Grimes, and Jacqueline Winspear.

Praise For…


“Makes fine work of the brooding atmosphere.”

“Outstanding.”

“Bess is a very strong series lead, the historical setting is as well developed here as it is in the Rutledge books, and the mysteries are just as elegantly constructed. Readers who have yet to sample the Crawford series should be strongly encouraged to do so.”

“Few writers surpass Todd in depicting the insanity of war.”

“Todd brings World War I England and France to life with an intriguing plot and an intrepid sleuth.”

“A thoughtful mystery with an excellent plot, well-drawn characters and wonderful atmosphere.”

“A well-envisaged plot, a deep sense of time and place and characters drawn with care and compassion.”

“Charles Todd has developed believable characters that carry along this story with lightning speed from the first page to the last.”

“The Todds excel at complex characterizations....For lovers of upper-drawer British whodunnits and Anglophiles in general, A Bitter Truth should prove a sweet treat indeed.”

“A lovely picture of a slower world.”

“A thoughtful mystery with an excellent plot, well-drawn characters and wonderful atmosphere.”

“Combines believable characters, gut-wrenching suspense and a sobering commentary on the ravages of war.”

“Highly recommended—well-rounded, believable characters, a multi-layered plot solidly based on human nature, all authentically set in the England of 1917, make A Bitter Truth an outstanding and riveting read.”

“Readers will enjoy Todd’s plucky, determined sleuth and a thrilling mystery that proves murders on the home front don’t stop just because there’s a war.”

“Bess Crawford is a strong and likable character.”

“A superb whodunit—just when you think you have it figured out, Todd throws a curve—and a moving evocation of a world at war.”

“A smartly plotted, well-told mystery.”

“A book rich in atmosphere and dense with plot.”

“Todd’s excellent second mystery featuring British nurse Bess Crawford smoothly blends realistic characters with an intricate plot.”

“Find some cures for the post-Downton Abbey blues ... Charles Todd has been producing a series of highly praised detective novels set in the years immediately after World War I.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062088550
ISBN-10: 0062088556
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: HarperLuxe
Publication Date: August 30th, 2011
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Bess Crawford Mysteries