A forgotten place

Charles Todd

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"At the end of the Great War, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland"--Dust jacket.

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Series
Todd, Charles. Bess Crawford mystery ; 10.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
354 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780062678829
0062678825
Main Author
Charles Todd (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The Great War has ended. The Armistice has been signed. But the suffering continues, as soldiers come home physically and mentally scarred. Battlefield nurse Bess Crawford is working in a clinic for recuperating amputees, where she becomes involved in the efforts of the captain of a group of Welsh soldiers who is desperate to keep his men from falling into depression and suicide. After the soldiers are sent home, the captain writes to Bess, telling her that the situation has grown worse. Regular readers of this satisfyingly rich historical mystery series (this is the tenth) know that Bess Crawford is simply unable to turn away from someone who needs her help. So she travels to Wales, where she soon finds herself stranded in a remote village where the residents seem to be keeping dark secrets, and where a killer lurks. The novel has a distinctly gothic feel to it: remote locale, harsh landscape, stormy weather, mysterious villagers—and the sense that something truly evil is hiding, perhaps in plain sight. Followers of the Crawford series will find much to like here.  Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The fighting has ended, but the Great War is not over for soldiers or battlefield nurses such as Bess Crawford. The Welsh amputees she's been tending won't be able to work in the coal mines back home, and she's worried enough to follow them to their village after receiving a despairing letter from their captain. But the captain has vanished, and trying to locate him lands Bess among hostile strangers. With a 75,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Bess Crawford's tenth adventure has her once again doing her best to rehabilitate injured soldiers. This time she's nursing a group of suicidally depressed men from a remote Welsh mining village. She decides to use her precious leave to follow them home, hoping to intervene and convince their captain to put on a brave face for his men. Once she's tracked down the captain, Bess gets stranded and can only hope the ever-faithful Simon Brandon will discover where she is and rescue her. And maybe he'll help figure out why people are disappearing and what momentous secret the villagers are hiding. VERDICT A typical entry in this World War I mystery series, filled with period detail but rather light on character development. Readers may become impatient with Bess's impulsive behavior, as her compassion so often gets her into trouble. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]—Laurel Bliss, San Diego State Univ. Lib. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

WWI has finally ended in Mary Higgins Clark Award–winner Todd's memorable 10th mystery featuring British nurse Bess Crawford (after 2017's A Casualty of War). Despite the conclusion of the fighting, Bess still has plenty of soldiers to tend to at a hospital in France—in particular, a group of Welsh soldiers, whose serious injuries make their future employment doubtful. When she's reassigned to a clinic back in England, Bess is reunited with the Welshmen, only to find several of them suicidal. Following their discharge, their leader, Capt. Hugh Williams, writes to inform her that one of the privates took his own life, and to ask for help to avert future suicides. She uses some leave to seek Williams out, ending up in a desolate and isolated town on the Welsh coast, where he's suspected of his own brother's murder. His warning that it's not safe for Bess to remain there proves prescient. The atmosphere of the claustrophobic community Bess is trapped in is palpable as Todd (the mother-and-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd) expertly ratchets up the suspense. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore & Co. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Working in an amputee clinic in Wales, Bess Crawford advocates on behalf of disabled former soldiers who endure life-risking conditions in coal mines while she tries to discern the whereabouts of a missing Army captain.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Working in an amputee clinic in Wales, Bess Crawford advocates on behalf of disabled former soldiers who endure life-risking conditions in coal mines while trying to discern the whereabouts of a missing Army captain. By a New York Times best-selling author. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author.The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t—take their lives.Their officer, Captain Williams, writes to describe their despair, and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Requesting leave, she quietly travels to Wales, and that bleak coal mining village, but she is too late.Captain Williams’ sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula—a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. Deserted by her frightened driver, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she’s learned too much to be allowed to leave. What’s more, no one in England knows where she is.Why is there no Constable out here? And who is the mysterious Ellen? Captain Williams and his brother’s widow are her only allies, and Bess must take care not to put them at risk as she tries to find answers. But there is a murderer here who is driven to kill again and again. And the next person in his sights is Simon Brandon, searching for Bess and unaware of his danger. . . .

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author.The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it's clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn't'take their lives.Their officer, Captain Williams, writes to describe their despair, and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Requesting leave, she quietly travels to Wales, and that bleak coal mining village, but she is too late.Captain Williams' sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula'a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. Deserted by her frightened driver, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she's learned too much to be allowed to leave. What's more, no one in England knows where she is.Why is there no Constable out here? And who is the mysterious Ellen? Captain Williams and his brother's widow are her only allies, and Bess must take care not to put them at risk as she tries to find answers. But there is a murderer here who is driven to kill again and again. And the next person in his sights is Simon Brandon, searching for Bess and unaware of his danger. . . .