By Charles Todd
Global battle I nurse and novice sleuth Bess Crawford fits wits with a devious killer during this intriguing and suspenseful experience from manhattan occasions bestselling writer Charles Todd
within the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing hundreds of thousands of squaddies and civilians around the globe. beaten by way of the consistent movement of wounded infantrymen coming from the French entrance, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford needs to now deal with enormous quantities of influenza sufferers as well.
notwithstanding, conflict and affliction should not the one killers to strike. Bess discovers, hid one of the lifeless anticipating burial, the physique of an officer who has been murdered. notwithstanding she is dedicated to all her sufferers, this soldier's loss of life touches her deeply. not just did the guy serve in her father's former regiment, he was once additionally a family members friend.
ahead of she will record the bad information, Bess falls sick, the most recent sufferer of the flu. by the point she recovers, the murdered officer has been buried, and the one different one who observed the physique has hanged himself. Or did he?
operating her father's connections within the army, Bess starts to piece jointly what little facts she will locate to unmask the elusive killer and spot justice served. yet she has to be as vigilant as she is tenacious. With a decided killer on her heels, each one movement Bess makes should be her final.
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The pneumonia was a help, for there would tend to be some liquid in the lungs, as might well be the case if the man had died while floating in the rough sea. If a postmortem examination was made by someone who had formed the preconceived idea that the death was probably due to drown ing there was little likelihood that the difference between this liquid, in the lungs that had started to decompose, and sea water would be noticed. Indeed, a postmortem examination in Spain concluded that death was due to drowning and the bogus documents were accepted as authentic.
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