Image of An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford)


Image of An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford)

Bess Crawford’s third outing is hampered by a thin, overworked plot that relies almost entirely on coincidence to reach its conclusion. Bess remains a strong, vibrant heroine, but her continuing reliance on help from her powerful father becomes annoying and hinders the character’s potential growth. As always, Todd does an impeccable job with the period details, and is especially good at detailing the ravages of WWI on both the men who fought and the families left behind.

WWI Nursing Sister Bess Crawford is summoned to identify a dead British officer whose body is found at an aid station overrun by both wounded soldiers and Spanish influenza victims. Bess recognizes the victim, a family friend, and realizes his neck has been broken, but she succumbs shortly thereafter to the flu. Shipped back to England to recover, she later learns that Vincent Carson has been reported as killed in action to his wife and is considered missing by the army. When the orderly who summoned her is found hanging, Bess suspects she may be next on the killer’s hit list. (MORROW, Jun., 352 pp., $24.99)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Carter