A Duty to the Dead

Version: Unabridged
Author: Charles Todd
Narrator: Rosalyn Landor
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2011
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 49 minutes
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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 the hospital ship is sunk by a mine and she is sent home to England to recover from her wounds, Bess is determined to fulfill her promise at last. There the enigmatic message is treated with skepticism. Then the family's safe world is turned upside down when another brother comes home, dying of pneumonia. Knowing what it cost the young officer to rely on a stranger to speak for him, Bess takes upon herself this duty to the dead, so that Arthur can rest in peace. But it isn't as straightforward as she expects, when she hears the whispers in the village of Owlhurst--and in the end, the price of uncovering the truth will mean putting her own life at risk for Arthur's sake.

Reviews (1)

very good mystery

Written by Angie Teal on March 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very good detective story with a very likable, smart and likable heroine. Bess Crawford performs her duty to dead by carrying a message from a dead soldier to his family. Strange events are following as the family basically brushes her message off. Suspicious now Bess questions what is really going on and finds out disturbing family secrets. Great narrator and story line. Bess is a surprisingly modern woman considering that this plays in first world war England. If you like Ian Rutledge novels you will like this series as well. I will queue up more of her novels.

Author Details

Author Details

Todd, Charles

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.