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Duty to the Dead: 1 Paperback – 25 November 2010

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  • Publisher : HarperCollins US; Reprint edition (25 November 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0061791776
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0061791772
  • Dimensions : 2.54 x 13.46 x 20.07 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 442 ratings

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"Another winner....Todd again excels at vivid atmosphere and the effects of war in this specific time and place. Grade: A."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Anyone who cares to loll in early-20th century English villages and mores and follow a plucky heroine as she confronts the stupidity of war will find solace in this old-fashioned mystery."--Kirkus Reviews

"Todd employs all the elements of a satisfying cozy mystery, with an absorbing plot and a charismatic heroine that will leave the reader wanting more."--Library Journal

"Winning....Fans of independent women sleuths like Maisie Dobbs will welcome this new addition to their ranks."--Publishers Weekly

"Readers who can't get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in 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

"A compelling story, a complex mystery and a revealing look deep into human nature."--Winston-Salem Journal (NC)

"A tense psychological drama, steeped in the tragedy of the Great War."--Iron Mountain Daily (Michigan)

"A Duty to the Dead has all the elements of a good mystery--action, suspense, murder, love, a damsel in distress."--Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City)

"An absorbing story that will not disappoint Todd's fans."--Contra Costa Times on A Duty to the Dead

"Full of rich historical details, this novel contrasts the beauty of the English countryside with the horrors of a war that devastated families....Absorbing."--Romantic Times

From the Back Cover

Dedicated to helping the many wounded during the Great War, Bess Crawford receives a desperate request from a dying lieutenant while serving as a nurse aboard a hospital ship. Tell my brother Jonathan that I lied, the young man says. I did it for Mother's sake. But it has to be set right.

Back home in England, Bess receives an unexpected response from the dead soldier's family, for neither Jonathan Graham' his mother' nor his younger brother admit to understanding what the message means.

But the Grahams are harboring a grim secret, and Bess must, somehow, get to the bottom of it. It is her sacred duty to the dead, no matter how painful, or dangerous, that obligation might be.

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