The Maharani's Pearls: A Bess Crawford Story

The Maharani's Pearls: A Bess Crawford Story

by Charles Todd

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The Maharani's Pearls: A Bess Crawford Story by Charles Todd

Living with her family in India, young Bess Crawford's curiosity about this exotic country sometimes leads her into trouble.

One day she slips away from the cantonment to visit the famous seer in a nearby village. Before this woman can finish telling her fortune, Bess is summoned back for an afternoon tea with the Maharani, a close friend of her parents'. The seer's last words are a warning about forthcoming danger that Bess takes as the usual patter. But this visit by the Maharani has ominous overtones that mark it as more than a social call. Her husband has political enemies, and she has come to ask Bess's father, Major Crawford, for help.

As the Maharani is leaving, Bess notices that there is something amiss with the royal entourage. Major Crawford must set out after them—but will he be in time?

And what will happen to Bess, and the household left behind, when a vicious assassin circles back to take hostages?

Here is an extraordinary glimpse into the childhood of the Bess Crawford we know from her service in the Great War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062369239
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Bess Crawford Series
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 42,828
File size: 364 KB

About the Author

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. Among the honors accorded to the Ian Rutledge mysteries are the Barry Award and nominations for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s Dilys Award, the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the U.S., and the John Creasey Award in the UK. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.

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The Maharani's Pearls: A Bess Crawford Story 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Charles Todd but this left me disappointed. Just when I was ready to settle in and enjoy I found (after I had purchased) book was very short and finished in a day. Not his best or close to it.
AngelaQ More than 1 year ago
This is a great introduction to the Bess Crawford series. It is a quick read but gives insight into the woman Bess will become. If you love detective series highly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a backflash a prequel part of the 5th book in series that the blurb does not state
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't realize this was only 20 pages long when I paid for it. Thought I was getting a book, not a very short story. Story was mildly interesting. JB
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
A fun, short look at Bess' early years. I like the fact that the reality of the British in India at that time is clearly shown, both the good and ill. We get a glimpse at the formidable person Bess will grow to be.
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