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A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford Series #3)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

#3 in Bess Crawford Series a delight

I love this series of book. Set in WWI, Bess is a battlefront nurse and she spends her time on leave solving mysteries! Three murders this time! These books are a lovely snapshot of the times with Bess giving us a glimpse of the horrors of war, a glimpse of the indep...
I love this series of book. Set in WWI, Bess is a battlefront nurse and she spends her time on leave solving mysteries! Three murders this time! These books are a lovely snapshot of the times with Bess giving us a glimpse of the horrors of war, a glimpse of the independent women to come and the fun of a female sleuth.

posted by Dukewife on July 3, 2012

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

As she heads home, on leave from the ongoing First World War, ba

As she heads home, on leave from the ongoing First World War, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford finds a troubled young woman huddled in her doorway. With the biting cold London air chilling them both, Bess invites the woman inside. With the interior lighting now clearly i...
As she heads home, on leave from the ongoing First World War, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford finds a troubled young woman huddled in her doorway. With the biting cold London air chilling them both, Bess invites the woman inside. With the interior lighting now clearly illuminating the young woman, Bess recognizes that the woman appears to have been recently stuck in the face. Despite the fear and protests from the woman, Bess invites her to, at least, stay the night.

The next day, Bess learns that the woman, Lydia, has run away from her home after an altercation with her husband. While Bess had planned to visit her own family during her leave, she agrees to accompany Lydia back home, to offer support for reconciling with her husband, Roger Ellis, and to monitor what, she fears, may be a concussion. Upon arrival, they find the family grieving the recent loss of Roger's brother and the still haunting loss of his young sister many years ago. Bess agrees to stay for a meal between the family and friends in anticipation for the laying of the memorial stone on the brother's grave the following morning. When one of the men, also in attendance at the meal, is found dead the next day, Bess finds herself as a suspect in the middle of a murder investigation.

This is not a typical action driven story. The mother/son author team has crafted an intricate, character driven, English mystery, similar to those of author P.D. James. I appreciated the strong character development and the well-imagined relationship between families, strongly affected by the war. Sometimes, the drama between the characters seemed to verge on soap opera level, but I felt that the mystery was strong enough to overcome these slight faults. While fans of fast paced thrillers may find this a bit slow, I think those looking for strong characters and a believable mystery will enjoy this book.

posted by ABookAWeekES on July 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Bitter truth is this is another muddle mess

    Of ww i and author burn out and one unpleasant person and situation and am amused to see the very first review was as usual a five from our little cliff notes gal. borrowed and skipped scanned to last chapter. The reviewer who said the author seems to have a split persona is right what a difference between two series almost could be two authors

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    I thought this book was focused more on the relationship of two

    I thought this book was focused more on the relationship of two people than it was on solving a murder.


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    Posted February 3, 2013

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