The Book Time with Bess Read Along is rolling along - check out the discussion of A Bitter Truth from last Monday. Next up is the newest and fourth book in the series, An Unmarked Grave, which goes on sale on Tuesday, June 5th. We'll discuss An Unmarked Grave on here the blog on June 25th and we'll discuss it and the entire Bess Crawford series with the Charles Todd writing team live on Book Club Girl on Air on Thursday, June 28th at 7pm ET!
In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well.
However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered. Though she is devoted to all her patients, this soldier's death touches her deeply. Not only did the man serve in her father's former regiment, he was also a family friend.
Before she can report the terrible news, Bess falls ill, the latest victim of the flu. By the time she recovers, the murdered officer has been buried, and the only other person who saw the body has hanged himself. Or did he?
Working her father's connections in the military, Bess begins to piece together what little evidence she can find to unmask the elusive killer and see justice served. But she must be as vigilant as she is tenacious. With a determined killer on her heels, each move Bess makes could be her last.
“Readers who can’t get enough of Jacqueline Winspear’s novels, or Hester Latterly, who saw action in the Crimean War in a series of novels by Anne Perry, are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.”
—New York Times Book Review
Don't worry if you haven't read the first books in the series - you can jump in at any moment - so if you're looking for a cure to your WWI era Downton Abbey-less blues, sign up for this discussion!
Browse inside An Unmarked Grave now. I have 10 copies of the book to give away to the first 10 people who comment that they can participate in the show on June 28th. And set your reminder for the show here.