Todd, Charles.

ISBN 10: 0061791768 / ISBN 13: 9780061791765
Published by New York: Morrow - Harper Collins, (2009.) dj, 2009
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Set in 1916, this mystery introduces World War I nurse, Bess Crawford. SIGNED on the title page by both authors as Charles Todd ("Charles Todd" is actually the mother/son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd.) 329 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 53291

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Publisher: New York: Morrow - Harper Collins, (2009.) dj

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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<p>&#x201c;Another winner....Todd again excels at vivid atmosphere and the effects of war in this specific time and place. Grade: A.&#x201d;<br />&#x2014;<i>Cleveland Plain Dealer</i> </p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&#x201c;Readers who can&#x2019;t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear&#x2019;s novels...are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.&#x201d;<br />&#x2014;<i>New York Times Book Review</i></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Charles Todd, author of the resoundingly acclaimed Ian Rutledge crime novels (&#x201c;One of the best historical series being written today&#x201d; &#x2014;<i>Washington Post Book World</i>) debuts an exceptional new protagonist, World War I nurse Bess Crawford, in <i>A Duty to the Dead. </i>A gripping tale of perilous obligations and dark family secrets in the shadows of a nightmarish time of global conflict, <i>A Duty to the Dead </i>is rich in suspense, surprise, and the impeccable period atmosphere that has become a Charles Todd trademark.</p>

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<p>The daughter of a distinguished soldier&#x201a; Bess Crawford follows in his footsteps and signs up to go overseas as a nurse during the Great War&#x201a; helping to deal with the many wounded. There&#x201a; serving on a hospital ship&#x201a; she makes a promise to a dying young lieutenant to take a message to his brother&#x201a; Jonathan Graham: &quot;Tell Jonathan that I lied. I did it for Mother&#x2032;s sake. But it has to be set right.&quot; Later&#x201a; when her ship is sunk by a mine and she&#x2032;s sidelined by a broken arm&#x201a; Bess returns home to England&#x201a; determined to fulfill her promise.</p><p> It&#x2032;s not so easy&#x201a; however. She travels to the village in Kent where the Grahams live and passes on to Jonathan his brother&#x2032;s plea. Oddly&#x201a; neither Jonathan&#x201a; his mother&#x201a; nor his younger brother admit to knowing what the message means. Then Bess learns that there&#x2032;s another brother&#x201a; incarcerated in a lunatic asylum since the age of 14 when he was accused of brutally murdering a housemaid.</p><p> Bess rightly guesses that the dying soldier&#x2032;s last words had something to do with the fourth brother. Because the family seems unwilling to do anything&#x201a; she decides that she will investigate. It&#x2032;s her own duty to the dead.</p>

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