Bess Crawford

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991 ratings

A Duty to the Dead Publisher's Summary

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. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother.

When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference. Neither his mother nor his brother Timothy seems to think it has any significance. Unsettled by this, Bess is about to take her leave when sudden tragedy envelops her.

She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty to the dead has thrust her into a maelstrom of intrigue and murder that will endanger her own life and test her courage as not even war has.

©2009 Charles Todd (P)2009 BBC Audio
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  • Book 1

    • A Duty to the Dead

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 629
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 502
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 500

    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. In 1916 she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific period mystery

    • By Anne on 12-04-10

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 2

    • An Impartial Witness

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 329
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258

    Tending to the soldiers in the trenches of France during the First World War, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford can't help but notice the photo of a young pilot's wife every time she tends to him. But then at the railway station, in a mob of troops leaving for the front, Bess glimpses a familiar face - the pilot's wife, with another man. Later, back in France, Bess sees a newspaper with a drawing of the woman's face on the front page. She'd been murdered - the very day Bess saw her.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • rather tedious, but series holds promise

    • By connie on 01-27-11

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • A Bitter Truth

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 447
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 376
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 384

    When battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas leave, she finds a bruised and shivering woman huddled in the doorway of her London residence. The woman has nowhere to turn, and propelled by a firm sense of duty, Bess takes her in.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Beloved Bess

    • By Jen on 10-30-11

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 4

    • An Unmarked Grave

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Nurse Bess Crawford mystery

    • By Kathleen on 08-27-12

    Regular price: $25.09

  • Book 5

    • A Question of Honor

    • Bess Crawford, Book 5
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 253
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Another good book in the series

    • By JoAnn on 09-09-13

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 6

    • An Unwilling Accomplice

    • Bess Crawford, Book 6
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 201
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 204

    Arriving in London on leave, Bess Crawford receives an unusual summons from the War Office. She's been requested to accompany a wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace, where he's to be decorated for gallantry. Though she is certain she's never met or nursed Sergeant Jason Wilkins, she cannot refuse the honor. Heavily bandaged and confined to a wheelchair, the soldier will be in her care for barely a day. But on the morning after the ceremony when Bess goes to collect her charge for his return journey, she finds the room empty.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Save yourself!

    • By Frances on 10-28-14

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 7

    • A Pattern of Lies

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    An explosion and fire at the Ashton Gunpowder Mill in Kent has killed over a hundred men. It's called an appalling tragedy - until suspicion and rumor raise the specter of murder. While visiting the Ashton family, Bess Crawford finds herself caught up in a venomous show of hostility that doesn't stop with Philip Ashton's arrest. Indeed, someone is out for blood, and the household is all but under siege.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit disappointing

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-25-15

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 8

    • The Shattered Tree

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 258

    At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher bearers find an exhausted officer shivering with cold and a loss of blood from several wounds. The soldier is brought to battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's aid station, where she stabilizes him and treats his injuries before he is sent to a rear hospital. The odd thing is the officer isn't British - he's French. But in a moment of anger and stress, he shouts at Bess in German.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent series

    • By Kathi on 09-04-16

    Regular price: $30.79

  • Book 9

    • A Casualty of War

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 195
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194

    Though the Great War is nearing its end, the fighting rages on. While waiting for transport back to her post, Bess Crawford meets Captain Alan Travis from the island of Barbados. Later, when he's brought into her forward aid station disoriented from a head wound, Bess is alarmed that he believes his distant English cousin, Lieutenant James Travis, shot him. Then the captain is brought back to the aid station with a more severe wound, once more angrily denouncing the lieutenant as a killer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding!

    • By Kathi on 10-01-17

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 10

    • A Forgotten Place

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108

    The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. Battlefield Nurse Bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t - take their lives.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dreary place, trapped, closed-minded people

    • By Marta on 09-26-18

    Regular price: $30.79