By Charles Todd
Attempting to aid a lady in misery, international struggle I nurse and unintentional sleuth Bess Crawford learns that no strong deed is going unpunished
while battlefield nurse Bess Crawford returns from France for a well-earned Christmas go away, she unearths a bruised and shivering girl huddled within the doorway of her London place of dwelling. the girl has nowhere to show, and propelled by way of a company experience of accountability, Bess takes her in.
as soon as inside of Bess's flat, the girl finds quarrel along with her husband erupted into violence, but she desires to go back home--if Bess will select her to Sussex. figuring out that the lady is struggling with a concussion, Bess offers up a couple of worthwhile days of depart to shuttle together with her. yet she quickly discovers that this can be a sturdy deed with unforeseeable consequences.
What Bess reveals at Vixen Hill is a home of mourning. The woman's family members has accumulated for a memorial provider for the elder son, who died of struggle wounds. Her husband, domestic on compassionate depart, is stressful, plagued by jealousy and his personal in charge conscience.
Then, whilst a afflicted houseguest is located lifeless, Bess herself turns into a main suspect within the case. This homicide will lead her to a deadly quest in war-torn France, an unforeseen best friend, and a startling revelation that places her in jeopardy earlier than a vicious killer will be uncovered.
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