In the aftermath of World War I, nurse Bess Crawford attempts to save a troubled former soldier from a mysterious killer in this eleventh book in the beloved Bess Crawford mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.
The Armistice of November 1918 ended the fighting, but the Great War will not be over until a Peace Treaty is drawn up and signed by all parties. Representatives from the Allies are gathering in Paris, and already ominous signs of disagreement have appeared.
Sister Bess Crawford, who has been working with the severely wounded in England in the warA??s wake, is asked to carry out a personal mission in Paris for a Matron at the London headquarters of The Queen AlexandraA??s.
Bess is facing decisions about her own future, even as she searches for the man she is charged with helping. When she does locate Lawrence Minton, she finds a bitter and disturbed officer who has walked away from his duties at the Peace Conference and is well on his way toward an addiction to opiates. When she confronts him with the dangers of using laudanum, he tells her that he doesnA??t care if he lives or dies, as long as he can find oblivion. But what has changed him? What is it that haunts him? He canA??t confide in BessA??because the truth is so deeply buried in his mind that he can only relive it in nightmares. The officers who had shared a house with him in Paris profess to know nothingA??still, Bess is reluctant to trust them even when they offer her their help. But where to begin on her own?
What is driving this man to a despair so profound it can only end with death? The war? Something that happened in Paris? To prevent a tragedy, she must get at the truth as quickly as possibleA??which means putting herself between Lieutenant Minton and whatever is destroying him. Or is it whoever?
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by Charles Todd
"Rosalyn Landor, who has performed the nurse Bess Crawford mystery series since its inception, can be trusted to deliver a thoroughly satisfying listen. Her rich and expressive voice has the range to create believable male and female characters, including Americans, and she colors personalities affectingly. This eleventh book, set during the post-WWI armistice talks, finds Bess in France on a private mission to locate her nursing supervisor's son, who has disappeared from his work at the talks. The man she finally finds is damaged and in danger. Bess launches herself satisfyingly into the melee. The rather far-fetched plot is, nonetheless, diverting, and supported with interesting information on everything from opium to firearms. Throughout, Landor's knowledgeable performance adds an extra dollop of pleasure. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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