• A Casualty of War

  • A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Charles Todd comes a haunting tale that explores the impact of World War I on all who witnessed it - officers, soldiers, doctors, and battlefield nurses like Bess Crawford.

Though the Great War is nearing its end, the fighting rages on. While waiting for transport back to her post, Bess Crawford meets Captain Alan Travis from the island of Barbados. Later, when he's brought into her forward aid station disoriented from a head wound, Bess is alarmed that he believes his distant English cousin, Lieutenant James Travis, shot him. Then the captain is brought back to the aid station with a more severe wound, once more angrily denouncing the lieutenant as a killer. But when it appears that James Travis couldn't have shot him, the captain's sanity is questioned. Still, Bess wonders how such an experienced officer could be so wrong.

On leave in England, Bess finds the captain strapped to his bed in a clinic for brain injuries. Horrified by his condition, Bess and Sergeant Major Simon Brandon travel to James Travis' home in Suffolk to learn more about the baffling relationship between these two cousins.

Her search will lead this smart, capable, and compassionate young woman into unexpected danger and bring her face to face with the visible and invisible wounds of war that not even the much longed for peace can heal.

©2017 Charles Todd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Outstanding!

Charles Todd has done it again! Consistent excellent writing, character development, historical details and even good mysteries (though this one wasn't too hard to figure out), this series is one of my favorites! I am always thrilled when a new Todd book comes out (either this series or the other, featuring Ian Rutledge, the post WWI detective).

Bess Crawford is a nurse during WWI, and in this episode, the war is ending, the Armistice has been declared, but there is still some fighting happening. She meets an officer casually at first, later he is brought back into her aid station wounded, and that touches off what will be a new adventure for Bess, as she and family friend Simon Brandon set out to try to untangle the odd circumstances surrounding the shootings.

I feel a little worried that the author(s) have set this at the end of the war. I am hoping that doesn't mean they are planning to bring this exceptional series to an end, but merely intending to have the series shift to post war Britain. This book was a bit unusual in that Simon Brandon played a larger role than he usually does, and Bess' father was more involved than usual, as well. In my opinion, this added to the story, as they are both interesting characters.

Rosalyn Landor has narrated these books so well, that I would hardly want anyone else to ever take her place. I think this could be a successful stand alone book, but for full enjoyment and understanding of the background, it would be well to listen to them in order. Highly recommend!

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OH MY GOSH

every time I listen to these books its like I've been teleported into the book. I love it !!!
truly cant wait until the next book in the series

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Another great Bess Crawford Book

I liked the storyline. I have read the other books in this series and really enjoyed them. The problem I have with this audible book is the narrator. I know many Brits and none speak as she reads. It makes listening to the book very tedious. I did make it to the end. But if the same narrator reads the next book by Charles Todd, I will get the book from the library and read it for myself. I love Audible books, there are just a few of the narrators I do not like to listen. The book itself was good as these always are for me. Of course, my taste in narrators may not be the same as other peoples.

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Not one of the best Bess Crawfords

I think this novel might be a victim of the pace with which the Charles Todd team has to keep rolling novels out. The premise is solid and the potential is here, but as others have complained, it’s overwritten. That is not to say tedious, but we’ve come to expect a lot from Bess! The whodunit is fairly transparent, which left me expecting more twists and turns than are present here, though the danger at the last did surprise me and there are a sufficient number of viable suspects. However, that also revealed another flaw: it’s getting impossible to believe Bess is ‘taken up in Simon’s arms’ for comfort yet again and feels nothing. Similarly, there’s a deep problem with plausibility that Bess doesn’t go home. There’s just not enough in the plot compelling her to stay to sort out the mystery, and as with one of the previous stories, it’s not believable that she would offend her mother so-particularly in light of the armistice. I realize this is necessary to keep the story rolling, but the subplot of Bess not being sure about her feelings about her postwar life offered a perfect explanation, rich to be mined, and yet the authors side step her psychology in favor of petty action. I also agree with the reviewer who said Landor isn’t doing justice to the character development. There were no Americans in this one for me to complain about her lack of skill there... but the men do not have enough variance in their voices to help keep them straight. Even Bess’s father in this rendition has lost his air of authority and sort of blends with the major and with Simon. Still looking forward to the next installment but I hope they’ll be able to take a bit more time with the production of it (or get a better editor to flag some of these issues). I’m very invested to see what becomes of Bess now that the battles are over.

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very worthwhile

OUTSTANDING story, realistic settings, believable characterizations, and a plot with many twists and turns to keep you engaged

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Excellent!

Have read all the Charles Todd books more than once. A literary joy, great characters, fast moving action, historical experience, wonderful mystery, and amazing narration!

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Exciting!

The best of the Bess Crawford series by far. Have preordered the next one. Can’t wait.

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Boring

"Boring" is just about the worst review to give a mystery, and unfortunately, that describes this story. There is about two hours worth of story, stretched out to twelve.😟 No complaints about the narrator, she did her best with this dull material.

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Excellent once again

I have read all this series and love each one. I love the history and the mystery.

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Clever plot, interesting characters

Never riveting mystery, the novel nonetheless offers helpful continuing history of the end of WWI with an rich array of new characters in addition to the familiar ones.

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