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 ...
|Title||:||A Forgotten Place|
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A Forgotten Place Reviews
WWI has ended, but Bess' role as a nurse has not. I loved the sobering realism created in this novel about what it was like for soldiers with severe injuries and/or amputations. How would their families receive them? How would they support their families?
In A Forgotten Place Bess is particularly attached to a group of Welsch soldiers that come from a mining town. The idea of a soldier returning to a town where mining is the primary occupation with an amputation is especially daunting.
The mystery ...more
Well, I really wondered about the time that Bess heard Hugh in the next room humming (they were upstairs), and when she got downstairs, he came in from outside where he'd been doing something with the lambs. Otherwise, the story could have been told in half the pages and been better.
In some ways this seemed more like a thriller than a mystery: Bess Crawford has traveled to a remote area of Wales to visit a former patient. Once there, her driver decamps in the middle of the night, leaving Bess abandoned with n0 way to contact her family or anyone else.
(view spoiler)[ Of course, as is often part of the Bess Crawford novels, Simon Brandon shows up and helps Bess solve the mystery. In this case he has a motorcar and can drive her away. I found the contrast between Bess's belief ...more
Was looking forward to the new Bess Crawford book, but I was really disappointed. It was like watching paint dry, so --dare I say it--boring. There, I said it, and I'm amazed myself as I have loved all the prior books, but they actually had an interesting story, which IMO this one didn't. It picked up at about 60% when Simon arrived, and the ending had some spark to it. But overall this is a big miss for me.
Always enjoy this mother/son author. This is part of the Bess Crawford Mystery series, set in England at the end of the Great War. I'm a mystery fan, and this series never disappoints.
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I found this to be an engaging book from about the third page in. It's set in one of my favorite time periods, and that was brought to life quite well. I thought the author had a way of making you feel the atmosphere without resorting to overly wordy descriptions. In just the first chapter the stark, hopeless atmosphere of the hospital was easy to feel, and also to picture. Many authors can create a feeling or a vision, but not a lot can do both, so that was nice. I ...more
Sense of place unfolded gradually as suspense built over the unnatural actions of this seafront village in Wales. Bess Crawford's reactions to the suspicions of the small minded villagers is admirable in her unwillingness to sit by whilst injustices and violence are perpetrated. A lot of interesting historic detail of people and place is subtly included, adding to the interest in reading.
Well written. Well read.
New historical mystery #10 from the mother/son writing team of Charles Todd.
I loved being able to read this book when it was first released. Anyone who has had to wait for Braille or audio versions of books will certainly know what I mean. The disappointment one feels when it appears that no Braille or audio version is forthcoming is especially keen for authors who write series. I'm just as eager to read the next installment as anyone else.
Bess Crawford is as determined to uncover the truth and see justice done as she was in past books. Concerned for a Welsh Captain and ...more