World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford''s career and life
are in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch, in this
absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York
Times bestselling author Charles Todd
Arriving in London on leave, Bess Crawford receives an unusual
summons from the War Office. She''s been requested to accompany a
wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace, where he''s to be decorated
for gallantry by King George himself.
Though she is certain she''s never met or nursed Sergeant Jason
Wilkins, she cannot refuse the honor. Heavily bandaged and confined
to a wheelchair, the soldier will be in her care for barely a day.
But on the morning after the ceremony when Bess goes to collect her
charge for his return journey, she finds the room empty. How could
such a severely wounded man simply vanish without a trace? Both the
Army and the Nursing Service hold Bess to blame for losing the war
hero. There is a humiliating inquiry, and the incident is noted in
More disturbing news complicates her already difficult
situation: The Army now considers Wilkins a deserter, and Scotland
Yard questions her when Wilkins is suspected of killing a man in
cold blood. If Bess is to clear her name and return to duty in
France, she must prove that she was never his accomplice. But the
sergeant has disappeared again and neither the Army nor the police
can find him.
The moral implications-that a patient in her charge has
committed murder-become more important to Bess than her own future.
Accom-panied by her friend Simon Brandon, she heads north to find
the missing man herself.
Carefully questioning suspicious locals, Bess and Simon follow a
trail of clues across England. Drawn into a mystery that seems to
grow darker with every discovery, they realize that this man has
brought the war home to remote places far from the killing fields
of France. But will uncovering the truth put more innocent people