By Charles Todd
International struggle I nurse Bess Crawford, brought in an obligation to the useless, returns in a thrilling new secret within which a homicide attracts her inexorably into the attractions of a crafty killer
It is the early summer season of 1917. Bess Crawford has again to England from the trenches of France with a convoy of critically wounded males. considered one of her sufferers is a tender pilot who has been burned past reputation, and who clings to existence and the photograph of his spouse that's pinned to his tunic.
While passing via a London educate station, Bess notices a girl bidding an emotional farewell to an officer, her grief heart-wrenching. after which Bess realizes that she turns out everyday. in truth, she's the girl within the pilot's picture, however the guy she is seeing off isn't her husband.
Back on accountability in France, Bess discovers a newspaper with a drawing of the woman's face at the entrance web page. Accompanying the drawing is a plea from Scotland backyard looking info from a person who has obvious her. For it seems that the lady used to be murdered at the very day Bess encountered her on the station.
Granted go away to talk with Scotland backyard, Bess turns into entangled within the case. even though an arrest is made, she needs to delve into the depths of her very soul to determine if the police will dangle an blameless guy or a vicious killer. Exposing in truth dangerous—and will positioned her personal existence at the line.
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