Bess Crawford Series in Order by Charles Todd

The Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd follows the adventures of Bess Crawford, an indomitable heroine. Bess Crawford is a World War I British army nurse. The series consists of mystery novels and is published in consecutive order. The books in the series are set during the historical context of the war. The series begins with the first book, "A Duty to the Dead," and continues with subsequent titles. The latest release in the series is "A Pattern of Lies". Want to know more? Click IMDb to watch all the Bess Crawford movies and television works.

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The latest 3 books in this series

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The Cliff's Edge: A Novel
2023-02-14
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The Cliff's Edge (Bess Crawford Series #13)
2023-02-14
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An Irish Hostage
2021-07-06
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The Cliff's Edge: A Novel

The Cliff's Edge: A Novel

"The Cliff's Edge: A Novel" is the thirteenth book in the Bess Crawford mystery series by Charles Todd. The book is set in the aftermath of World War I and follows nurse Bess Crawford as she becomes embroiled in a deadly feud between two families. Bess travels to Yorkshire to sit beside a family friend as she recovers from an illness, but she soon finds herself investigating the mysterious deaths of two men who fell over a cliff. As she delves deeper into the case, Bess uncovers secrets and lies that threaten to tear apart the families involved. Meanwhile, Bess is also dealing with her own personal struggles and uncertainties about her future. The book has received positive reviews for its solid plot, in-depth character studies, and portrayal of the cultural changes brought about by World War I.
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Publication Date: 2023-02-14
ISBN-10: 0063039966 | ISBN-13: 9780063039964
The Cliff's Edge (Bess Crawford Series #13)

The Cliff's Edge (Bess Crawford Series #13)

"The Cliff's Edge" is the thirteenth book in the Bess Crawford series written by Charles Todd. In this installment, set in the aftermath of World War I, Bess Crawford, a former battlefield nurse, finds herself caught in a deadly feud between two families. Restless and uncertain about her future, Bess agrees to travel to Yorkshire to help a family friend. Little does she know that her actions will set in motion a revelation that could have a profound impact on the lives of her loved ones. The book is praised for its expertly crafted mystery, with well-developed characters and a richly layered plot. It also delves into the portrayal of life in an isolated village and the simmering tensions within. While the book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, although there may be connections to previous books. Overall, "The Cliff's Edge" is a compelling addition to the Bess Crawford series, showcasing Charles Todd's strength in storytelling and emotional insight.
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Publication Date: 2023-02-14
ISBN-10: 006303994X | ISBN-13: 9780063039940
An Irish Hostage

An Irish Hostage

"An Irish Hostage" is the 12th book in the Bess Crawford mystery series written by Charles Todd. In this installment, Bess Crawford, a British nurse, travels to Ireland for the wedding of an old friend. However, upon arrival, she discovers that the groom is missing, the bride is distraught, and the village is in turmoil. As Bess investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance, she uncovers serious historical and political concerns of the time period. The plot delves into the complexities of the era and weaves together a gripping tale of suspense and intrigue. With the backdrop of World War I, "An Irish Hostage" takes readers on a thrilling journey as Bess Crawford navigates through a web of secrets and danger to uncover the truth.
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Publication Date: 2021-07-06
ISBN-10: 0062859870 | ISBN-13: 9780062859877
An Irish Hostage (Bess Crawford Series #12)

An Irish Hostage (Bess Crawford Series #12)

"An Irish Hostage" is the twelfth book in the Bess Crawford Mysteries series written by Charles Todd. The series follows the adventures of Bess Crawford, a British nurse with a strong sense of loyalty, bravery, and integrity. In this particular installment, set in the uneasy peace following World War I, Bess finds herself in Ireland and encounters trouble and treachery. The plot revolves around Bess attending the wedding of an old friend, only to discover a missing groom, a distraught bride, and a village in turmoil. As the story unfolds, Bess becomes entangled in the political and historical concerns of the time period. "An Irish Hostage" delves into the complexities of post-war Ireland and showcases Bess's determination to uncover the truth amidst the chaos and danger. With its historical and political backdrop, the book offers a captivating and suspenseful read within the Bess Crawford Mysteries series.
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Publication Date: 2021-07-06
ISBN-10: 0062859889 | ISBN-13: 9780062859884
A Cruel Deception

A Cruel Deception

"A Cruel Deception" is the eleventh book in the Bess Crawford World War I drama mystery series by Charles Todd. In this novel, nurse Bess Crawford tries to save a troubled former soldier from a mysterious killer in the aftermath of World War I. The story takes place during the peace accords in France following WWI, and Bess steps away from her nursing duties to investigate the murder. The soldier she is trying to save is addicted to laudanum and plagued by guilt, and during one of his sleepwalking episodes, he believes he has committed a murder. Bess must navigate the complex aftermath of the war and the secrets of those around her to uncover the truth and save the soldier's life. The novel is a rich and atmospheric portrait of post-war Europe, and Charles Todd's writing has been praised for its durability, determination, and pluckiness.
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Publication Date: 2019-10-22
ISBN-10: 0062859838 | ISBN-13: 9780062859839
A Forgotten Place

A Forgotten Place

"A Forgotten Place" is the tenth book in the Bess Crawford mystery series by Charles Todd. The series follows the adventures of Bess Crawford, a nurse serving throughout World War I. In "A Forgotten Place," Bess feels compelled to investigate the despairing letter of Captain Williams, who describes his own despair at trying to save his men. The story takes place in Wales, which is a unique setting for the series. The book is a solid historical mystery, with excellent attention to detail in the setting and life during World War I. The plot revolves around Bess's investigation into the letter and the events that led up to it, and the mystery unfolds as she uncovers more information.
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Publication Date: 2018-09-18
ISBN-10: 0062678825 | ISBN-13: 9780062678829
A Casualty of War

A Casualty of War

"A Casualty of War" is a historical mystery novel by Charles Todd, part of the Bess Crawford series. The book follows Bess Crawford, a battlefield nurse during World War I, who also has a secondary vocation as an amateur sleuth solving deadly murders. In this particular novel, Bess and Sergeant-Major Simon Brandon travel to the hometown of James Travis's cousin to try to find out more about their families and why they were targeted. The book is set in England post-World War I and is known for its beautifully descriptive prose. The Charles Todd books, including the Bess Crawford series, are recommended for fans of historical mysteries.
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Publication Date: 2017-09-25
ISBN-10: 0062678787 | ISBN-13: 9780062678782
The Shattered Tree

The Shattered Tree

"The Shattered Tree" is the eighth book in the Bess Crawford mystery series by Charles Todd. The book is set during World War I and follows the story of Bess Crawford, a battlefield nurse, who goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier's background and uncover his true loyalties. The soldier is retrieved from the French side of the front and may be working for the other side. Bess sees an opportunity to employ her sleuthing skills and sets about tracing the identity of the enigmatic soldier. The mystery has excellent pacing, giving readers just enough clues to keep them absorbed in the story while withholding sufficient information to keep them guessing. Overall, "The Shattered Tree" is a well-written and engaging mystery novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
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Publication Date: 2016-08-30
ISBN-10: 0062386271 | ISBN-13: 9780062386274
A Pattern of Lies

A Pattern of Lies

"A Pattern of Lies" is a novel by Charles Todd, part of the Bess Crawford mystery series. The book follows Bess Crawford, a nurse on leave in England, who becomes involved in a mystery surrounding a former patient, Mark Ashton, and his family. After a fatal accident involving Ashton's brother, Philip, Bess begins to investigate the truth behind the accident and uncovers a pattern of lies and hostility. As she delves deeper into the mystery, Bess finds herself in danger and must race against time to uncover the truth before it's too late. The book has been positively reviewed for its engaging plot and well-developed characters.
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Publication Date: 2015-08-18
ISBN-10: 0062386247 | ISBN-13: 9780062386243
An Unwilling Accomplice

An Unwilling Accomplice

"An Unwilling Accomplice" is the sixth book in the Bess Crawford mystery series by Charles Todd. The book is set in the aftermath of World War I and follows Bess Crawford, a battlefield nurse whose career is in jeopardy after a murder is committed on her watch. The murder takes place in a Sussex convalescent hospital where Bess is stationed, and she is determined to clear her name and find the real culprit. As she investigates, she uncovers a web of secrets and lies that threaten to destroy the lives of those around her. The book is an absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery that has been praised for its attention to detail and strong character development.
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Publication Date: 2014-08-12
ISBN-10: 0062237209 | ISBN-13: 9780062237200
The Walnut Tree

The Walnut Tree

"The Walnut Tree" is a holiday tale written by Charles Todd. It is part of the Bess Crawford Mystery series, which follows the adventures of a battlefield nurse during World War I. The book tells the story of a young woman named Lady Elspeth Douglas, who falls in love with a wounded soldier while volunteering at a hospital in France during World War I. The novel is described as a poignant and compelling tale that is brimming with adventure, danger, and love. It is marketed as a holiday book and is a novella that occurs during the Great War. The book is available in print and electronic formats.
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Publication Date: 2012-10-30
ISBN-10: 0062236997 | ISBN-13: 9780062236999
An Unmarked Grave

An Unmarked Grave

"An Unmarked Grave" is the fourth book in the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd. The series follows the adventures of Bess Crawford, a World War I nurse who becomes involved in solving mysteries. In this particular book, Bess finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation. The plot of "An Unmarked Grave" centers around Bess Crawford's experiences as a nurse during the war. She discovers that several soldiers in her care have died under suspicious circumstances, leading her to suspect foul play. As she delves deeper into the investigation, Bess uncovers a web of secrets and deceit that puts her own life at risk. The book is praised for its well-written prose, meticulous plotting, and insightful characterization. It offers a compelling blend of historical fiction and mystery, capturing the atmosphere of wartime England and providing readers with a gripping and suspenseful read. Overall, "An Unmarked Grave" is a captivating addition to the Bess Crawford series, offering an engaging and thrilling story that will keep readers hooked until the very end.
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Publication Date: 2012-06-05
ISBN-10: 0062015729 | ISBN-13: 9780062015723
A Bitter Truth

A Bitter Truth

"A Bitter Truth" is a book written by Charles Todd. It is part of the Bess Crawford Mystery series, which is co-authored by Charles Todd. The book follows the story of Bess Crawford, a nurse who becomes a suspect in a murder after accompanying an abused woman back to her home and spending the night. The plot revolves around Bess's efforts to clear her name and uncover the truth behind the murder. Set in England during the early 20th century, the book provides a historical backdrop with its portrayal of quaint villages and rural England. "A Bitter Truth" delves into the intersection of Bess's work as a nurse and her personal life, showcasing the challenges she faces in navigating these two realms. Overall, the book offers a gripping mystery filled with suspense and a compelling protagonist in Bess Crawford.
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Publication Date: 2011-08-30
ISBN-10: 0062015702 | ISBN-13: 9780062015709
An Impartial Witness

An Impartial Witness

"An Impartial Witness" is a mystery novel by Charles Todd, and the second book in the Bess Crawford series. The story is set in the summer of 1917, during World War I, and follows Bess Crawford, a British nurse who becomes involved in a murder investigation. The victim is the wife of a pilot, and the murder appears to be tied to a love affair. Bess is drawn into the investigation when she discovers a newspaper with a drawing of the victim's face on the front page, accompanied by a plea from the pilot to help find his missing wife. As Bess delves deeper into the case, she uncovers a web of secrets and lies that threaten to put her own life in danger. The novel has received critical acclaim for its atmospheric portrayal of the Great War and its engaging plot.
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Publication Date: 2010-08-31
ISBN-10: 0061791784 | ISBN-13: 9780061791789
An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford Series #2)

An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford Series #2)

"An Impartial Witness" is the second book in the Bess Crawford mystery series by Charles Todd. The book is set in the summer of 1917, during World War I, and follows the story of Bess Crawford, a nurse who finds herself in grave danger when a moral obligation makes her the inadvertent target of a killer. The book is known for its compelling plot, rich characterization, evocative prose, and haunting atmosphere. The story is a whodunit mystery that draws Bess Crawford into the sights of a murderer, and she must use her wit and intelligence to solve the case and clear her name. The book is available in paperback, Kindle, and audiobook formats.
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Publication Date: 2010-08-31
ISBN-10: 0062008838 | ISBN-13: 9780062008831
A Duty to the Dead

A Duty to the Dead

"A Duty to the Dead" is the first book in the Bess Crawford mystery series by Charles Todd. The book is set during World War I, and the main character, Bess Crawford, is a nurse who is dedicated to helping the wounded during the war. The story begins with Bess receiving a desperate request from a dying soldier to deliver a message to his brother. When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent to deliver the message, she finds that the family is hiding a dark secret. As she tries to uncover the truth, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous web of lies and deceit. The book is a gripping tale of perilous obligations and family secrets in the shadows of a nightmarish time of global conflict.
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Publication Date: 2009-08-25
ISBN-10: 0061791768 | ISBN-13: 9780061791765
A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Series #1)

A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Series #1)

"A Duty to the Dead" is the first book in the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd. The book follows Bess Crawford, an excellent nurse during World War I, who receives a desperate request from a dying lieutenant while serving aboard a hospital ship. The story begins with Bess making a promise to a soldier to deliver a message to his brother. As she embarks on fulfilling her duty, Bess becomes entangled in a web of secrets, lies, and danger. The book explores themes of duty, honor, and the consequences of war. Bess Crawford is portrayed as a resourceful and determined protagonist, navigating the challenges of war and facing personal risks to fulfill her promise. The plot delves into the complexities of relationships and the impact of wartime experiences on individuals. With its historical setting and compelling storyline, "A Duty to the Dead" offers readers a captivating mystery filled with suspense and emotional depth. Charles Todd's writing has been praised for its attention to historical detail and engaging storytelling. This book serves as an introduction to the Bess Crawford series, which follows Bess's journey as a nurse and amateur detective in subsequent novels.
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Publication Date: 2009-08-25
ISBN-10: 006190550X | ISBN-13: 9780061905506
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