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Monday, September 28, 2015
A Pattern of Lies: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd
On leave and back in
England, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford finds that a short visit to
the home of a former patient, Mark Ashton, turns into another crime
investigation for the amateur sleuth.
The Ashtons owned a
gunpowder mill in a village in Kent that mysteriously blew up,
killing over 100 workers. Now two years later, the family is having
to deal with the threatening behavior of the locals who blame the
Ashtons for the disaster. Things get even more critical when the head
of the household, Philip, is arrested and charged with causing the
Bess has stumbled into a
hornet’s nest of intrigue but knows that her friend’s parents are
not to blame for what happened. Someone has decided to not only turn
the locals against the family but also makes sure someone goes to
prison for the accidental explosion.
The answer to who is
seeking revenge lies back in France and as Bess tries to track down
the person who may hold the answer to why this is happening, she
places her own live in jeopardy. A couple of murders underscore the
fact that Bess is getting too close to uncovering the truth and her
hidden adversary has set his sights on silencing Beth too.
Set during the First
World War, the atmospheric suspense stories in this series have
generated a lot of interest. A growing group of avid readers are
finding these well written novels with their engaging characters
quite enticing and definitely worth following.