A Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford, #10)
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 the Welsh patients worry her. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits. When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t—take their lives.Their officer, Captain Williams, writes to describe their despair, and his own at trying to save his men. Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Requesting leave, she quietly travels to Wales, and that bleak coal mining village, but she is too late.Captain Williams’ sister tells Bess he has left the valley. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula—a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. Deserted by her frightened driver, Bess is stranded among strangers suspicious of outsiders. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she’s learned too much to be allowed to leave. What’s more, no one in England knows where she is.Why is there no Constable out here? And who is the mysterious Ellen? Captain Williams and his brother’s widow are her only allies, and Bess must take care not to put them at risk as she tries to find answers. But there is a murderer here who is driven to kill again and again. And the next person in his sights is Simon Brandon, searching for Bess and unaware of his danger . . .

A Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford, #10) Details

TitleA Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford, #10)
Author
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062678850
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

A Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford, #10) Review

  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I found this entry in the series very hard to get through. Much of the plot was boring & repetitive - with Bess stuck for days at a time in Rachel's house and her constant refrain of What is going on in this village?. It was realistic, perhaps, but not very exciting to read about. I was glad things got more adventurous once Simon appeared on the scene. But I didn't feel that this installment was nearly as good as the previous novels.
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  • Maxine
    January 1, 1970
    WWI has ended and Nurse Bess Crawford is back home in England tending to the many wounded vets. Not long after a group of men from a small mining town in Wales are released, she receives a letter from their commanding officer who is from the same town. Captain Williams is worried about them. They were all too injured to return to their former jobs in the mine and they seem to be suffering from severe depression - already some have committed suicide. He asks her to come and check up on them but w WWI has ended and Nurse Bess Crawford is back home in England tending to the many wounded vets. Not long after a group of men from a small mining town in Wales are released, she receives a letter from their commanding officer who is from the same town. Captain Williams is worried about them. They were all too injured to return to their former jobs in the mine and they seem to be suffering from severe depression - already some have committed suicide. He asks her to come and check up on them but when Bess requests leave to do so, she is told that there is nothing the army can do. However, a while later, when her supervisor notices she looks tired and recommends she take a few days off to recover, she heads to Wales without telling anyone. When she arrives, she learns she is too late to help the men. She also learns that Captain Williams has left for a village on an isolated peninsula to help his widowed sister-in-law. Worried about his mental state, Bess follows him. When she finds him, he warns her that it is not safe and she should leave immediately. But she is tired and decides to stay the night – she had come by taxi and, reluctantly, the driver decides to also stay although at a neighbour’s. However, the next morning, she discovers that he has left and there is no way to contact him. Nor is there anyone in the village who can or will take her the long distance to the nearest town. Worse, since she hadn’t told anyone where she was headed, no one will know where to look for her.As she reluctantly settles in to wait for any opportunity to leave and despite William’s warnings, she decides to investigate the area. It becomes clear, quickly, that the villagers have a secret, one that they are willing to kill for and, as the body count rises, so does the villagers’ hostility toward her.A Forgotten Place is the tenth installment in the Bess Crawford Mysteries series by the mother/son team that makes up author Charles Todd. The pacing here is somewhat slow but what it lacks in action, it makes up for in atmosphere. If anything, the slow pacing serves to heighten the suspense and the sense of claustrophobia created by the isolation, the open hostility of the villagers, and the over-arching feel of imminent danger. For anyone who enjoys a well-written and atmospheric historical mystery, this is a definite ‘must read’.Thanks to Edelweiss+ and HarperCollins for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Stephen
    January 1, 1970
    The Armistice has been signed, the fighting has stopped and WWI is coming to an end. But the work for Bess Crawford is not over and in some ways it is just starting. The soldiers she is caring for are all victims , who have lost arms or legs or both. The company she is working with are from Wales where the main occupation is in the mines. All of her patients can't shake their depression because they will be unable to return to their jobs in the mines. Bess works closely with Captain Hugh William The Armistice has been signed, the fighting has stopped and WWI is coming to an end. But the work for Bess Crawford is not over and in some ways it is just starting. The soldiers she is caring for are all victims , who have lost arms or legs or both. The company she is working with are from Wales where the main occupation is in the mines. All of her patients can't shake their depression because they will be unable to return to their jobs in the mines. Bess works closely with Captain Hugh Williams their commanding officer. After she has accounted for all her patients, she is still interested in the welfare of Captain Williams. And so she heads off to Wales. She locates Williams who is in a small isolated village on the coast and is living with his sister-in-law, Rachel , who was married to Hugh's brother, Tom. His brother was killed in the war and Hugh is trying to help Rachel run her small farm. But strange events are happening in the village, bodies have washed up on shore and they are quickly buried. No one wants any police investigation. There is a deep dark secret going on and the town is vary of any stranger. As Bess gets to know the residents , it is obvious that they don't want her there. Bess is not easily persuaded and as she digs deeply , her life becomes endangered. Charles Todd (mother&son) write fascinating tales and you will enjoy this book !
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