An Unwilling Accomplice: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)

By Charles Todd

World conflict I Battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s profession is in jeopardy while a homicide is dedicated on her watch, during this soaking up and atmospheric ancient secret from New York Times bestselling writer Charles Todd.

 Home on go away, Bess Crawford is requested to accompany a wounded soldier restricted to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, the place he’s to be adorned by means of the King. the following morning whilst Bess is going to assemble Wilkins, he has vanished. either the military and the nursing provider carry Bess negligent for wasting the battle hero, and there'll be an inquiry.

Then comes nerve-racking notice from the Shropshire police, complicating the already tough scenario: Wilkins has been noticed, and he’s killed a guy. If Bess is to save lots of her personal popularity, she needs to locate Wilkins and discover the reality. however the elusive soldier has disappeared back or even the Shropshire police have misplaced him. unexpectedly, the ethical implications of what has happened—that a sufferer in her cost has dedicated murder—become extra very important to Bess than her personal destiny. She’s going to resolve this mysterious puzzle, yet righting an injustice and saving her honor may price Bess her life.

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