A Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford Series #10)

A Forgotten Place (Bess Crawford Series #10)

by Charles Todd


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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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062678836
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Series: Bess Crawford Series , #10
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 93,564
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.

Customer Reviews

A Forgotten Place 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On her journey to check on one of her military patients released from hospital in England after WWI ends, Bess Crawford's finds herself in a small isolated community on the coast of Wales. After a somewhat deceptively slow start, various mysterious events occurring in the isolated community add an eerie overtone to the atmosphere of the community. Bess Crawford once again finds herself in a life-threatening situation, and the novel. becomes a page turner. I was completely surprised with the whodunit, as well as revelations about some of the residents and their carefully guarded secrets. Good writing and plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy the Bess Crawford series.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
WWI might be over, but its legacy remains with the injured men who try to make sense of their new lives, their families who have to take care of them, and a country that isn't prepared to deal with them all. Into this we have Bess Crawford, a very conscientious nurse, trying to help some of the men in her charge adjust. It isn't easy for anyone, and the option of suicide is always lucking in the wings. This is a powerful series with well developed characters, both the ongoing ones and the new ones. We care about them and understand some, at least, of Bess' motivation. It is a marvelous and heartrending story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is taut, the atmosphere Gothic, and the story one that will keep you guessing. It is a worthy addition to the Bess Crawford saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts slow, as always, tension builds, then a satisfactory ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read. Always descriptive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Placing Bess in an isolated environment I thought wanted to portray a feeling of helplessness..it missed. Interaction with Simon limited, after 10 books you should see more intimacy