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Though the Great War has ended, Bess Crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author. 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. Their officer, Captain Williams, writes to describe their despair, and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Requesting leave, she quietly travels to Wales, and that bleak coal mining village, but she is too late. Captain Williams' sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula-a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. Deserted by her frightened driver, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she's learned too much to be allowed to leave. What's more, no one in England knows where she is. Why is there no Constable out here And who is the mysterious Ellen Captain Williams and his brother's widow are her only allies, and Bess must take care not to put them at risk as she tries to find answers. But there is a murderer here who is driven to kill again and again. And the next person in his sights is Simon Brandon, searching for Bess and unaware of his danger. . . .
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"Todd's meticulous research... illustrates the toll the war has taken on the battle-weary military as well as the nurses and doctors, the sacrifices of the residents, [and] the citizens' valiant struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy. . . . . A vivid and personal look at WWI."--SouthFlorida.com "The latest Crawford mystery is rich in character and period detail, with a solidly constructed story that should keep readers immersed in the action."--Booklist Praise for The Shattered Tree "The Shattered Tree is an enjoyable and quick read-well worth the time."--New York Journal of Books Praise for Racing the Devil "A superb entry in a superb series: an exquisite sense of time and place, a satisfying mystery with a breathless conclusion, and above all the complex, haunted, charismatic Inspector Ian Rutledge himself-truly one of crime fiction's most absorbing characters."--Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author Praise for No Shred of Evidence "It's that melancholy tone, the legacy of the trenches, that gives Todd's polite rural mystery such uncommon depth."--Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review on NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE Praise for the Ian Rutledge series "I love series that follow particular characters over time and through their experiences, so I automatically read the latest installments from ... Charles Todd."--Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Times Book Review Praise for A Duty to the Dead "A masterpiece of imagination."--New York Times bestselling author Lee Child on the Ian Rutledge series

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