From New York Times bestselling author Charles
Todd comes an absorbing mystery featuring battlefield nurse Bess
Crawford, who finds her future in jeopardy when a murder is
committed on her watch.
World War I nurse Bess Crawford, home on leave, is asked to
accompany a wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace, where he''s to be
decorated by the king. The next morning, when Bess goes to collect
him, his room is empty and he''s nowhere to be found. Both the army
and the nursing service blame Bess for losing a patient, a hero at
that, and she''s to face an inquiry into her negligence. But how
could a man confined to a wheelchair leave a hotel on his own and
vanish into the night?
Then comes word from the Shropshire police that Wilkins, the
missing hero, has been sighted there, and an eyewitness claims the
soldier has just killed a man. If Bess is to save her own
reputation, she must find Wilkins and get to the bottom of what he
did or didn''t do. The problem is, even the Shropshire police have
no idea where he is. And the moral implications of what has
happened - that a patient in her charge has done murder - become
more important to her than her own future as a nursing sister.