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Click here for a list of interest-specific sites grouped by category. If you are located outside the U. In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, and begins a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie?

In , when a young Bess Crawford lived in India, an unforgettable incident darkened the otherwise happy time. Her father's regiment discovered it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people yet was never brought to trial. A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying man that the alleged murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive and serving at the Front.

According to reliable reports, he'd died years before, so how did Wade escape India? What drove a good man to murder in cold blood? Bess uses her leave to investigate. But when she stumbles on the horrific truth, she is shaken to her very core. The facts reveal a reality that could have been her own fate. Thanks for signing up! We've emailed you instructions for claiming your free e-book.

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In , when a young Bess Crawford lived in India, an unforgettable incident darkened the otherwise happy time. Her father's regiment discovered it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people yet was never brought to trial. A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying man that the alleged murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive and serving at the Front. According to reliable reports, he'd died years before, so how did Wade escape India? What drove a good man to murder in cold blood?

Bess uses her leave to investigate.

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But when she stumbles on the horrific truth, she is shaken to her very core. The facts reveal a reality that could have been her own fate. Gates , Teddy Belmont , Dr. Northwest Frontier, India , To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Question of Honor , please sign up. Do I need to read these books in order, or can each Bess Crawford story stand alone?

Harper Sutherland I am reading this one first and having no problem with any backstory. See all 4 questions about A Question of Honor…. Lists with This Book. And, he is presumed dead after a while when no traces of him are found. A decade later Bess learns from a dying man in France that Lieutenant Wade could be still alive The previous book, An Unmarked Grave , was the first book in this series that I didn't find as excellent as the rest so I was hopeful that the next one would be better.

The story in this book is more interesting and I found it hard to put the book down. The book is really intriguing to read. Bess is trying to find out if Lieutenant Wade still alive, and if he is what is he doing fighting in the front and was he really guilty of the crimes in India and England? Bess and Simon Brandon he works for her father are working together trying to find out the truth without involving Bess father, Colonel Crawford because the killing is still a stain on the Colonels regiment's reputation and Bess doesn't want to involve her father if it turns out that Wade isn't alive.

So, she travels to the village where the killing of a family took place and tries to find out more about the murdered family and the connection to Lieutenant Wade. But, that's not that easy, some people there are even quite hostile towards her. But, Bess won't give up. What I love about this book is that it's like a puzzle, you have to be patient, piece after piece is revealed during the progress of the story until the truth is revealed in the end.

I also loved that my favorite Aussie, Sergeant Larimore made a cameo, although I wish he had a bigger part in the book. But still I love every mention of him in the books, like this one where she met him in France as she tends to wounded soldiers: I was always happy to see this cheeky Australian. He had helped me once when I needed help desperately and I was fond of him.

Dangerous to care about anyone in wartime, but still… Looks like Bess is quite fond of Larimore as well! I must admit that I hope they will end up together. I just love every scene with them together. I recommend this series to anyone that likes to read historical mysteries, especially books that take place during WW1. I enjoy these books very much and every book can be read as a stand-alone. Read this review and others on A Bookaholic Swede Aug 26, Barbara rated it liked it.

In the early 's, young teen Bess Crawford lives in India where her father, Colonel Crawford, is in charge of a British regiment. The school-age children of the regiment's soldiers are usually sent to England to be educated, where they live with foster families. When Lieutenant Standish and his wife get word that their youngest daughter died of typhoid in England, Mrs.

Standish returns home escorted by the much respected Lieutenant Wade. Wade returns to India he's accused of murd In the early 's, young teen Bess Crawford lives in India where her father, Colonel Crawford, is in charge of a British regiment. Wade returns to India he's accused of murdering a family while in England and of killing his parents upon his return to India.

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The regiment is shocked, unable to devine a motive for these horrendous crimes. Rather than face the charges Lt. Wade makes a run for it. The military police are unable to capture him and there are reports that Wade died while trying to escape through Afghanistan. This leaves a blot on the honor of the regiment. While working at a field clinic in France Bess comes across a dying Indian soldier who tells her that he's seen Lt.

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Bess is soon off and running, determined to find Lt. Wade and bring him to justice, thus restoring the honor of her father's regiment. During her investigations Bess discovers that some foster homes were terrible places, giving her a hint of a possible motive for the murders. The usual characters are on hand in this story, including Beth's parents and her good friend Simon.

The book provides an authentic feel for the horrors of combat; the pain and plight of wounded soldiers; and the difficult conditions in field hospitals. The story's resolution seems a little out of left field but believable enough. A good book for fans of historical mysteries. You can follow my reviews at http: Feb 28, Allison Tebo rated it did not like it Shelves: It was rather like trying to dehydrated, vacuum- packed food. All tone, all personality, all voice, all style was completely distilled from it to reach an end result that read much more like an official report than a book.

Usually I find the fi That was. I literally had difficulty even recognizing that the narrator was female. It was difficult to tell how any of characters felt or how they related to each other. The official report style worked for the prologue — which was supposed to sound like someone relating a long ago crime — but it ruined the rest of the book and I ended up skimming a lot. They also tried to insert something extra into the driest of dry narratives and it became quite awkward. In the middle of this official report, suddenly a character would say: Unfortunately, nothing ever seemed to worked for me.

The setting began to feel more like an inconvenience then an enhancement in the hands of this particular writing approach. I picked this one up for a dollar at a library sale and I'm putting it in my giveaway pile. View all 14 comments. Aug 31, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some series need to die a graceful end, this is not one of them. Whenever I want a good book, there are certain authors I reach for, certain authors I know will never let me down.

They have written over 20 books, and I have adored every single one. What can I say? There's a reason why I've read everything Charles Todd has ever written, and will continue to do so for as long as they continue to write. An interesting, compelling mystery Some series need to die a graceful end, this is not one of them. An interesting, compelling mystery. A lot of wartime action, particularly in the nursing stations, caring for the wounded, the dying, the ill. The trauma and urgency is there. The mystery is intriguing, and constantly manages to surprise me in the twists and turns it took.

That's the thing about Charles Todd's books. The direction of the mystery never turns out the way you would expect. It is no Agatha Christie. You can never see where a clue will lead you. It is so much more complex than that, such is human nature, and human nature is so eloquently described here.

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Bess Crawford is an amazing heroine; she always has been. She is smart, strong, brave, not afraid of getting dirty, despite her social status. Her family is similarly lovable, particularly her strong-willed, iron butterfly mother and loving Colonel Sahib of a father. I can completely understand Bess's need to clear her family's name and maintain their honor and pride.

I love the fact that there is no forced romance, and there has never been any in Charles Todd's series The romance is nonexistent, which is as it should be, given the war time and the gravity of the situation. Ain't nobody got time for romance, and that's the way it should be. Still, I can't help but hope that one day, the irreplaceable, wonderful, stalwart Simon Brandon would end up with Bess. There is no more fitting match in my eyes.

It's a short review, it's a poor review, in terms of the ones I've written, but I love this series so much that I simply lack the appropriate words. It's not perfect, people meet happenstance far too many times in the midst of war, but overall, this book is so well-written and the characters so brilliantly portrayed, that I will happily overlook any minor flaws. View all 8 comments. Oct 29, Mark Flowers rated it it was ok. Some interesting characters and one intriguing piece of backstory, but the plot is a train wreck. Shall we count the coincidences? In chronological order spoilers ahead: On the day in question, Lt.

Wade, stationed in India, a former foster child of the family, just happens to be in England, near enough to the family to come to confront them about their abuse of him as a child. Naturally suspicion falls on Wade. Naturally, suspicion falls on Wade. After having escaped arrest and been on the run for years, Wade enlists in the British army under a phony name to serve in World War I.

Bess begins to realize that she needs to investigate the other foster children of the murdered family. I probably missed a few. Apr 28, Aerykah rated it really liked it Shelves: I think this may be my favorite Bess Crawford book so far. Aug 29, Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves: What I did like was the realistic portrayal of WWI and the nursing of that era, the fascinating parts about India and the military personal that served there as well as the conditions in England at the time.

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Looks like I need to add this series to my reading agenda too. Disclaimer given as required by the FTC. View all 3 comments. Jul 07, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: A Question of Honor 4 Stars WWI nurse, Bess Crawford, becomes involved in a decade old murder investigation when, moments before his death, an Indian Subedar informs her that he has seen a killer from the past. During her childhood in India, an officer from her father's regiment was accused of murdering five people, but disappeared before he could be brought to trial.

This incident left a profound mark on the Colonel and his men for whom honor and duty are paramount. Now Bess has an opportunity to A Question of Honor 4 Stars WWI nurse, Bess Crawford, becomes involved in a decade old murder investigation when, moments before his death, an Indian Subedar informs her that he has seen a killer from the past. Now Bess has an opportunity to look into the case and discovers that all is not as it seems and perhaps the officer is innocent after all.

Despite the numerous coincidences that move the plot forward and enable Bess to solve the case, this is still a significant improvement on the previous book. The mystery is interesting with well-fleshed out suspects, a logical motive and an appropriate perpetrator. The information on the fostering of English children born in India is very compelling and demonstrates that little about human nature has changed over time.

Moreover, the descriptions of the conditions in the trenches and the injuries sustained by the soldiers add an excellent sense of realism to the narrative and immerse the reader into the wartime situation. The one minor issue with the book is that the romance between Bess and Simon is taking too long to get going.

It is time to shape up or ship out! Jan 11, Bonnie rated it it was amazing. Bess is a nurse serving during the war in France and has seen terribly wounded men and tries to keep up with patents coming in while war rages just behind the lines. Bess had been raised in India where her father was posted as an officer and Bess's mother refused to let him go alone. She insisted the family stay together. This sets up a contrast with a family widely scattered. Bess was on leave in London when she saw a small shop that had old pictures in the window. She went in and bought some items that had been donated to charity.

One was a silver frame with a picture inside, another was a baby's rattle also appearing to be silver, and an old doll.

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Simon his her friend and plays an important role as an instigator who tries to solve a question about a soldier who goes missing from the Colonel's ranks. He was suspected of killing his mother, father, and brother in a shooting incident. And it is thought to be a man named Wade. Much of the story is taken up with the wounds being treated and the ambulances traveling to pick up the injured and taking them along rutted roads where tanks had churned up the roads. Bess becomes obsessed with the question of what had happened to a good man who had supposedly left his posted position and run away.

Wonderful descriptions of London are given while Bess is on leave. Her parents support her and her mother and Bess make trips to visit friends in the area. On one such trip, they discover a house for sale that is surrounded by beautiful flowers and walk around the property where they are accosted by an angry man who thinks they are trying to see the house where the son had killed his family. Now, Bess is determined to find out what happened to the officer Wade who had apparently in the same house.

The owners had enjoyed wealth, but the father had played the stock market and lost their money. They take in homeless children to make money and horrible crimes are committed to the helpless children. When Simon and Bess discover what has taken place, they talk to the woman who was hired to take care of them. And, now, the hunt is on to discover what had happened to those children and if the man Wade had been one of them. The book is pages and some of it is repetitive.

But, I enjoyed reading about India, the war, and trying to solve the mystery. Mar 29, Shorty rated it really liked it Shelves: Much better than the last couple novels in the series. Jun 08, LJ rated it really liked it Shelves: The letter came for Lieutenant and Mrs. Standish on an afternoon when the heat was at its height, and we had already retired indoors to rest until the evening.

As a child, Bess Crawford lived with her family in India where her father served as a regimental colonel. A sense of dishonor was borne by the regiment when one of his officers, Lieutenant Wade, was accused of murdering his parents and three others while on leave in England. He escaped back to India, disappeared, and was be First Sentence: He escaped back to India, disappeared, and was believed dead, before he could be brought to trial. Ten years later, Bess is serving as a nurse on the frontlines, a dying Indian ambulance driver recognized her and said he had seen Lt.

Knowing how painful the incident had been for her father at the time, Bess starts doing a bit of investigation; first to see whether Wade really is alive, and then to find out what really happened as her findings about him conflict with the supposed events. Normally, prologues seem disconnected and a bit annoying. Not the case here. This prologue was interesting, well-written and critical to the subsequent story. It not only presents the characters and establishes their history, but it is a wonderful contrast in setting to that which follows.

Bess is capable, smart, understanding and independent. However, she is also true to her period as she knows her actions could reflect on her parents, who are well known within her circle. He is there to help her and protect her; not because she is weak and needful, but because it is appropriate in her position. He is an intriguing character, about whose history we learn a bit as the story progresses, as is the Aussie Sergeant Larrimar, introduced in a previous book but makes a cameo appearance here. I also very much appreciate that when actual historical figures are included, it is done in a realistic way.

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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede said: In A Question of Honor, we start the story in India, , In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, World Do I need to read these books in order, or can each Bess Crawford story stand alone? New Mysteries to Snuggle Up With. A Question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery and millions of other books are available for instant access. . Book 5 of 7 in the Bess Crawford Mysteries Series .

To say they create a strong sense of time and place would be an understatement. We experience the numerous trips Bess makes between the front lines, field hospitals, taking patients back to England, and having break time in London and at home. You feel her exhaustion and wonder at the sense of contrast between being in the trenches and being in a lovely English village. What is interesting in their writing style is that, perhaps due to the voice being first person, it is not florid or emotional, but realistic and informative.

They neither sugar coat nor make the scenes horrendously brutal, yet all the emotion is there.

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Better yet, she, and they, take you along, step-by-step through the investigation. It makes the journey very satisfying, but not at all without suspense along the way. Aug 29, Mellena rated it liked it. The story line has already been described so I won't repeat it. I've been reading this series since its inception, and this is much the same as the previous ones. Always an interesting read, well-written but seemingly hastily edited in a few places.

Though obviously formulaic, which I get, the author this time has expanded the involvement of Bess's mother, the "colonel's lady", in the investigation process, which I think added to the story. Funnily enough, her mother sounds like a much livelier The story line has already been described so I won't repeat it. Funnily enough, her mother sounds like a much livelier and more charming character than Bess, and I found myself wanting to hear more from her than Bess.

Bess is spending too much time ironing uniforms, and lo, after all these years, really needs a serious boyfriend. Simon, her long-time "friend" and regimental whatever, needs to step up or move aside. While I'm allergic to the romance genre and fully appreciate the type of novel which this is, I was hoping for more character and relationship development. With WWI winding down at the end of this story, maybe the author or Bess is moving on. I was in between books and desperate and far down the list at the library for this one.

I owe reviews on many others I've been reading lately, but this was an easy review as it was likeable, and sometimes easy and likeable is sorely needed. I wish there were more gradient options. Course then folks like me would still equivocate. Sep 02, Tina rated it really liked it. I enjoyed this book - Bess Crawford is, as always, a pleasure. I found some of the coincidences completely unbelievable, however; while Bess is serving in hospitals near French battlefields, somehow people connected to the incidents in question in England continue to appear in Bess's orbit.

I see how the author was using these narrative devices to push the plot along, but I found it rather jarring. I'd stop to ask myself: Nonetheless, I ador I enjoyed this book - Bess Crawford is, as always, a pleasure. Nonetheless, I adore Bess Crawford and deliberately decided to ignore it - suspension of disbelief! On the whole, recommended. Jul 24, Cathy Cole rated it really liked it. I first became acquainted with the mother-son writing team known as Charles Todd through their series featuring World War I veteran and victim of shell shock , Inspector Ian Rutledge.

Although that series is excellent, after awhile Rutledge's depression and angst became wearing. In the Bess Crawford series we get to see the horrors of World War I through the eyes of a nurse at the front lines-- someone risking her own life daily in an attempt to save men like Ian Rutledge. This series has conti I first became acquainted with the mother-son writing team known as Charles Todd through their series featuring World War I veteran and victim of shell shock , Inspector Ian Rutledge. This series has continued to get better with each book, and A Question of Honor is the best one yet.

In previous books we've learned bits and pieces about Bess's childhood in India where her father was stationed. Now we get to learn even more with this unsolved murder case from when she was a teenager. I'm fairly well versed in the topic of nurses at the front during World War I one book I can't recommend highly enough is Lyn Macdonald's The Roses of No Man's Land , and sometimes I have to forcibly keep my disbelief under tight wraps when reading about this character's travels during war time.

I don't think any other nurse throughout the history of mankind could rack up more frequent flier miles than Bess. She always seems to be getting leave or hopping aboard a hospital ship to transport the wounded across the Channel to various hospitals in England. All the other nurses must be green with envy! That said and out of my system, the mystery in A Question of Honor is the best yet-- and there's the added bonus of Bess's mother having a role in solving it.

This series is populated with several secondary characters that I'd love to learn more about. Crawford steps up to the plate in this book, I'm hoping this paves the way in future books for more to be divulged about Colonel Crawford and Simon. The plot is a complicated one that must unfold slowly, due in part to so many people denying knowledge of certain events and places because of their traumatic childhoods.

In Jacqueline Winspear's Leaving Everything Most Loved, the reader learns about Indian nannies and governesses who were taken to England and then abandoned when the children they were caring for grew up and went to school.