An Unmarked Grave-Charles Todd

An Unmarked Grave

Charles Todd

Morrow, Jun 5 2012, $24.99

ISBN: 9780062015723


In 1918 dedicated British nurses are in France to be close to those at the front.  However, the medicos also deal with the pandemic Spanish flu that is devastating everyone.  Flu victims are placed in sheds where Private Wilson finds one corpse too many; he shows Nurse Bess Crawford that Major Vincent Carson died from a broken neck instead of the flu.  However, before Bess can act on what she assumes is a homicide; she catches the flu and is sent home to recover.


By the time she heals, Bess knows Carson’s body is long gone and she soon learns Wilson committed suicide.  Though Bess knows she has little chance to find out what happened to the major who served with her father, Bess investigates anyway focusing on Vincent’s family.


The fourth Bess Crawford WWI mystery (see An Impartial Witness and A Bitter Truth) is a fabulous historical that focuses on trench warfare and its aftermath on the soldier and his family, and the impact of the 1918 pandemic influence that left many dead.  The whodunit is entertaining though Bess’ starting premise seems odd during a time of war and disease.  Still, this is an exciting thriller with much of the sleuthing occurring from the extended fog of war.


Harriet Klausner

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