By Charles Todd
International battle I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's occupation and lifestyles are in jeopardy while a homicide is dedicated on her watch, during this soaking up and atmospheric old secret from manhattan occasions bestselling writer Charles Todd
Arriving in London on go away, Bess Crawford gets an strange summons from the warfare place of work. She's been asked to accompany a wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace, the place he's to be adorned for gallantry by way of King George himself.
Though she is bound she's by no means met or nursed Sergeant Jason Wilkins, she can't refuse the consideration. seriously bandaged and restricted to a wheelchair, the soldier should be in her take care of slightly an afternoon. yet at the morning after the rite while Bess is going to assemble her cost for his go back trip, she reveals the room empty. How may this type of critically wounded guy easily vanish with out a hint? either the military and the Nursing carrier carry Bess responsible for wasting the struggle hero. there's a humiliating inquiry, and the incident is famous in her record.
More stressful information complicates her already tricky scenario: the military now considers Wilkins a deserter, and Scotland backyard questions her whilst Wilkins is suspected of killing a guy in chilly blood. If Bess is to transparent her identify and go back to responsibility in France, she needs to turn out that she was once by no means his companion. however the sergeant has disappeared back and neither the military nor the police can locate him.
The ethical implications—that a sufferer in her cost has dedicated murder—become extra very important to Bess than her personal destiny. Accom-panied by means of her buddy Simon Brandon, she heads north to discover the lacking guy herself.
Carefully wondering suspicious locals, Bess and Simon stick with a path of clues throughout England. Drawn right into a secret that turns out to develop darker with each discovery, they notice that this guy has introduced the battle domestic to foreign places faraway from the killing fields of France. yet will uncovering the reality positioned extra blameless humans in jeopardy?
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An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 6) by Charles Todd