A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford Mystery)

By Charles Todd

In the newest secret from New York Times bestselling writer Charles Todd, international struggle I nurse and beginner sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an previous homicide that happened in the course of her early life in India, and starts a look for the fact that will remodel her and depart her considering a troubling query: How can evidence lie?

In 1908, while a tender Bess Crawford lived in India, an unforgettable incident darkened the another way chuffed time. Her father's regiment chanced on it had a assassin in its ranks, an officer who killed 5 humans but used to be by no means dropped at trial.

A decade later, tending to the wounded at the battlefields of France in the course of global struggle I, Bess learns from a demise guy that the alleged assassin, Lieutenant Wade, is alive and serving on the entrance. in keeping with trustworthy reviews, he'd died years prior to, so how did Wade break out India? What drove an outstanding guy to homicide in chilly blood? Bess makes use of her go away to enquire. but if she stumbles at the bad fact, she is shaken to her very middle. The evidence demonstrate a truth which can were her personal fate.

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Yet there wasn’t. which may suggest that the London papers had now not discovered it newsworthy—or that the research was once incomplete. Who would want to kill the Gesslers? extra vital, did it have whatever to do with our stopover at? there has been one sure bet, besides the fact that. the guy i used to be approximately confident used to be Lieutenant Wade needs to definitely were in France while the fireplace happened. That arm in its sling wouldn’t have earned him a move to England for extra remedy. once i may, I wrote to Simon, however it used to be 3 days prior to i used to be capable of ship the letter off by way of the following messenger. there has been little i may say overtly. And so I wrote, Our good friend the sapper used to be right here in France at the date in query. the subsequent time i used to be in Rouen, after turning over my fees, I went again to l. a. Poule Rouge and sat on the related desk by way of the window, ordering a espresso and an omelet, this time with cheese and onions. an analogous middle-aged lady in a gloomy costume got here to take my order, and that i concept might be she remembered me, for I had advised her after we have been giving our order that we have been celebrating Sister Emery’s birthday. This time I chatted a piece concerning the climate and the way town had grown prior to citing the query I meant to invite. She had simply introduced my omelet, and that i stated as she prepared the plate prior to me, “The final time i used to be the following, there has been any such lovely woman sitting over there, the desk within the nook. She was once with a British soldier. Does she come the following usually? ” She grew to become to examine the desk, frowning, as though attempting to bear in mind. “She is younger and extremely reasonable? ” “Yes. ” I nodded. “And such wonderful eyes. ” I couldn’t have acknowledged whether or not they have been blue or brown, my realization have been on Lieutenant Wade. “She usually are not provide herself to that one, the soldier. it truly is wrong,” she informed me, losing into French, and that i knew then that she did consider the woman. “Surely she has mom and dad who could warn her to be careful,” I agreed. “Ils sont mort,” the lady instructed me. they're lifeless. “A pity. Who then has the care of her? ” “An aunt. She is previous, blind. or even if she weren't blind, she will be able to see not anything however the cash her niece brings in. ” A lady of the streets? definitely no longer! I felt a surge of unhappiness. My expression should have reflected what i used to be pondering. “Not but. however the infantrymen, they're sorry for her, and provides her cash. it's going to no longer be lengthy sooner than a pathetic tale isn't adequate. they'll wish extra, those males. ” “Where does she dwell? ” But the lady had acknowledged adequate. She needed me an outstanding urge for food and left me to my meal. I ate the omelet with excitement and drank my espresso, forever thinking about how i may discover the place the lady lived. If she took cash from British infantrymen, she may good recognize the identify of the fellow who was once together with her that day. but if I requested a moment time, the woman’s lips tightened in a slim line, and that i knew then it used to be dead. yet i used to be power. If she got here right here and taken the warriors the following, then probably she lived close by. someplace during this region. I walked for almost an hour, up one highway, down one other, crossing over to appear into café and store home windows, then crossing again to do a similar at the different facet.

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