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A Bitter Truth

A Bess Crawford Mystery

By Charles Todd

A Bitter Truth
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2011,
    352 pages.

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  • Portia A. (Mount Laurel, NJ)


    Too coincidental?
    Bess Crawford is a British nurse in WW1; Maisie Dobbs is a British nurse in WW1. Bess Crawford has a young man help her; Maisie Dobbs has a young man help her.
    Bess Crawford solves mysteries; Maisie Dobbs solves mysteries.
    Maisie Dobbs came first and I think Jacqueline Winspear writes better stories.
    I found the end of this book to be too contrived, but for a summer read it wasn't too bad.
  • Virginia W. (Cloverdale, CA)


    Crime during WWI
    I really enjoyed this charming mystery story about a WWI nurse who becomes entangled with a woman who has run from her soldier husband and his family after he slapped her. The family of the soldier is complicated by previous and current deaths. It is engaging to read about a simpler time and description of crimes that not a gory as those depicted by authors who write about modern day crimes. I think this would be an excellent book to read on the beach or elsewhere during a vacation.
  • Deanna W. (Port Jefferson, NY)


    Cozy Whodunit
    I am a fan of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge Series. I also enjoy the Masie Dobbs series by
    Jacqueline Winspear. This is the third in the Bess Crawford series. I have also read the first two. I was looking forward to reading this old fashioned mystery. However, this whodunit had a predictable plot with too many coincidences. Also the solution to the
    crime seems to come out of the blue.
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