• A Question of Honor

  • Bess Crawford, Book 5
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (437 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the latest mystery from New York Times best-selling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie?

Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier. But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time. In 1908, Colonel Crawford's regiment discovered that it had a murderer in its ranks, an officer who killed five people in India and England yet was never brought to trial. In the eyes of many of these soldiers, men defined by honor and duty, the crime was a stain on the regiment's reputation and on the good name of Bess' father, the Colonel Sahib, who had trained the killer.

A decade later, tending to the wounded on the battlefields of France during World War I, Bess learns from a dying Indian sergeant that the supposed murderer, Lieutenant Wade, is alive - and serving at the Front. Bess cannot believe the shocking news. According to reliable reports, Wade's body had been seen deep in the Khyber Pass, where he had died trying to reach Afghanistan. Soon, though, her mind is racing. How had he escaped from India? What had driven a good man to murder in cold blood?

Wanting answers, she uses her leave to investigate. In the village where the first three killings took place, she discovers that the locals are certain that the British soldier was innocent. Yet the present owner of the house where the crime was committed believes otherwise, and is convinced that Bess' father helped Wade flee. To settle the matter once and for all, Bess sets out to find Wade and let the courts decide.

But when she stumbles on the horrific truth, something that even the famous writer Rudyard Kipling had kept secret all his life, she is shaken to her very core. The facts will damn Wade even as they reveal a brutal reality, a reality that could have been her own fate.

©2013 Charles Todd (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Another good book in the series

I've read and enjoyed this series. This one includes the involvement of Bess's parents which brings them out of the background and makes Bess a partner in solving the case. All in all a fun read.

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This series just gets better and better!

I love this series. Bess Crawford, battlefront nurse during WWI is the perfect complement to Charles Todd's other series about Ian Rutledge--a former soldier in the war, who is now trying to find his way in life working in Scotland Yard, despite his wounded body and soul.

This series develops the character of Bess very nicely--and in this particular book, we get to know a bit more of her life with her family while her father served in India. We also get to know Simon Brandon, her father's batman who has stayed very loyal to the family ever since.

I like Bess' character quite a lot--she is intelligent, empathic and clever, but not depicted as doing unlikely things in the way some writers try to turn an early 20th century woman into having the style and thinking of a 21st century woman--which always leaves me feeling a bit uncomfortable.

Bess moves back and forth from France to England in this story, as she tries to unravel murders that took place many years ago. We get to see inside views into Bess' family and background more than before.

A thoroughly satisfying listen with very good narration. Highly recommend!

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Enjoyable Mystery

Part of why I enjoy the Bess Crawford mysteries is that for me she has an actual voice - Rosalyn Landor.

These fun books are not great literature, but they are a nice way to pass your reading/listening time. And the mysteries are intriguing enough to keep my interest.

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Loved it !!!

I’ve read all of the books and have enjoyed listening to them as well !!!
I can’t wait until the next installment !
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Ingenious

Charles Todd's strengths are plot and characters, and this one does not disappoint. I loved the ingenious way the murderer was trapped at the end.

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I couldn't keep the characters straight

I like to listen to books while I walk or do mindless chores but this book would require sitting down and keeping notes as to who was who.
There was less personal interaction with Simon but more with Bess' s mother.
I liked the previous book better. still, I will continue with the series as I like the era and the books do capture that, if from the upstairs perspective.

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Love!

I love this series. The characters are so enduring. When I finish I will feel like I am losing friends.

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A Question of Honour

I was engrossed from beginning to end wondering how Bess would solve her latest mystery. I love this period and lots of similarities between the Spanish flu and our present Covid pandemic.

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interesting story

I enjoyed this book. As murder mysteries go, it had its fair share of plot twists and revelations right up to the end. The main character, Bess, is worth the time to get to know. The details of life and death in a a late WWI battlefield hospital added credence to the story line and character development. The casual racism and colonialism of all the characters was jarring, although undoubtedly true to life.

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Best Bess Crawford yet

I think this the the best Bess Crawford novel yet. I’ve encouraged friends to read the first one and then skip to this one. While the initial premise about the murder is not believable, the narrative doesn’t suffer for the audience to know more or feel smarter than the protagonist. Simon is at his best and Landor not only manages all the accents in this one deftly (not always the case in other novels) Bess comes across as more fleshed out and thoughtful in this one. I also enjoyed that her mother played a more substantial role. The sub theme of displaced children is compassionately explored along with other relevant themes such as mental health, military policing, and the breadth of the front lines was managed logistically. Thoroughly enjoyed this page turner.

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  • Brid
  • 09-05-13

Superb.

What did you like most about A Question of Honor?

The author is new to me so I am so happy to have bought this book. The story is engaging, the historic detail is so interesting, particularly the accounts of the medical people in the field during the First World War in France. I love how the characters come to life and the mystery that captures the imagination at the start continues to engage you to the last chapter. Rosalyn is a superb reader and absolutely amazing with all the character voices.

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  • Mynnie
  • 03-25-15

Possibly one too many coincidences but...

What made the experience of listening to A Question of Honor the most enjoyable?

Rosalyn Landor's performances is hands down the most engaging I've listened to. She has a wonderful flow and portrays the characters wonderfully.

What other book might you compare A Question of Honor to, and why?

I don't often read detective stories, so I can't really answer.

Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favourite?

Bess Crawford is a really great main character. She's a highly competent nurse, brave and clever, with just enough self-deprecation and recklessness to be very likeable.

Any additional comments?

I did think there a lot of coincidences in the book and I would have loved a little more resolution at the end, but all in all very enjoyable indeed.