The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War....
Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War....
In 1914, while visiting her friend Madeleine, Lady Elspeth Douglas's life is thrown into chaos when war breaks out and the Germans quickly overrun Belgium, threatening France....
In September 1925, Scotland Yard DCI Alec Fletcher inherits a large house on the outskirts of London from a recently deceased great-uncle....
Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence and the patronage of her benevolent employers she works her way into college at Cambridge....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
Maggie Hope graduated at the top of her college class, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street....
In March of 1926, Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher and her friend and collaborator, Lady Lucy Gerald, head off for several days to a stately home reputed to have the best grotto in the country....
March 1934. Revered mystery writer Josephine Tey is traveling from Scotland to London for the final week of her play Richard of Bordeaux, the surprise hit of the season....
It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. Then a beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church....
When a maid in the upper class Ellison household is strangled, Inspector Pitt is called in to investigate....
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved....
In the latest mystery from New York Times best-selling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie?
Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier. But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time. In 1908, Colonel Crawford's regiment discovered that it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people in India and England yet was never brought to trial. In the eyes of many of these soldiers, men defined by honor and duty, the crime was a stain on the regiment's reputation and on the good name of Bess' father, the Colonel Sahib, who had trained the killer.
A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying Indian sergeant that the supposed murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive - and serving at the Front. Bess cannot believe the shocking news. According to reliable reports, Wade's body had been seen deep in the Khyber Pass, where he had died trying to reach Afghanistan. Soon, though, her mind is racing. How had he escaped from India? What had driven a good man to murder in cold blood?
Wanting answers, she uses her leave to investigate. In the village where the first three killings took place, she discovers that the locals are certain that the British soldier was innocent. Yet the present owner of the house where the crime was committed believes otherwise, and is convinced that Bess' father helped Wade flee. To settle the matter once and for all, Bess sets out to find Wade and let the courts decide.
But when she stumbles on the horrific truth, something that even the famous writer Rudyard Kipling had kept secret all his life, she is shaken to her very core. The facts will damn Wade even as they reveal a brutal reality, a reality that could have been her own fate.
I've read and enjoyed this series. This one includes the involvement of Bess's parents which brings them out of the background and makes Bess a partner in solving the case. All in all a fun read.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I love this series. Bess Crawford, battlefront nurse during WWI is the perfect complement to Charles Todd's other series about Ian Rutledge--a former soldier in the war, who is now trying to find his way in life working in Scotland Yard, despite his wounded body and soul.
This series develops the character of Bess very nicely--and in this particular book, we get to know a bit more of her life with her family while her father served in India. We also get to know Simon Brandon, her father's batman who has stayed very loyal to the family ever since.
I like Bess' character quite a lot--she is intelligent, empathic and clever, but not depicted as doing unlikely things in the way some writers try to turn an early 20th century woman into having the style and thinking of a 21st century woman--which always leaves me feeling a bit uncomfortable.
Bess moves back and forth from France to England in this story, as she tries to unravel murders that took place many years ago. We get to see inside views into Bess' family and background more than before.
A thoroughly satisfying listen with very good narration. Highly recommend!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Part of why I enjoy the Bess Crawford mysteries is that for me she has an actual voice - Rosalyn Landor.
These fun books are not great literature, but they are a nice way to pass your reading/listening time. And the mysteries are intriguing enough to keep my interest.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Charles Todd's strengths are plot and characters, and this one does not disappoint. I loved the ingenious way the murderer was trapped at the end.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I love the Ian Rutledge stories and so I was hopeful for this series, but after reading three of them I just can't get on board. I appreciate the attempt to create a plausible female lead and give her a framework that actually allows her to accomplish something - but it is really too forced. If you want to enjoy a female heroine from this time period try Maisie Dobbs.
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What did you like most about A Question of Honor?
The author is new to me so I am so happy to have bought this book. The story is engaging, the historic detail is so interesting, particularly the accounts of the medical people in the field during the First World War in France. I love how the characters come to life and the mystery that captures the imagination at the start continues to engage you to the last chapter. Rosalyn is a superb reader and absolutely amazing with all the character voices.
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What made the experience of listening to A Question of Honor the most enjoyable?
Rosalyn Landor's performances is hands down the most engaging I've listened to. She has a wonderful flow and portrays the characters wonderfully.
What other book might you compare A Question of Honor to, and why?
I don't often read detective stories, so I can't really answer.
Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favourite?
Bess Crawford is a really great main character. She's a highly competent nurse, brave and clever, with just enough self-deprecation and recklessness to be very likeable.
Any additional comments?
I did think there a lot of coincidences in the book and I would have loved a little more resolution at the end, but all in all very enjoyable indeed.