By Charles Todd
Within the most modern secret from ny instances bestselling writer Charles Todd, international battle I nurse and novice sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an outdated homicide that happened in the course of her formative years in India, a look for the fact that will rework her and depart her considering a troubling query: How can evidence lie?
Bess Crawford loved a wondrous early life in India, the place her father, a colonel within the British military, used to be stationed at the Northwest Frontier. yet an unforgettable incident darkened that chuffed time. In 1908, Colonel Crawford's regiment found that it had a assassin in its ranks, an officer who killed 5 humans in India and England but was once by no means delivered to trial. within the eyes of lots of those infantrymen, males outlined by way of honor and accountability, the crime was once a stain at the regiment's recognition and at the reliable identify of Bess's father, the Colonel Sahib, who had educated the killer.
A decade later, tending to the wounded at the battlefields of France in the course of international struggle I, Bess learns from a demise Indian sergeant that the intended assassin, Lieutenant Wade, is alive--and serving on the entrance. Bess can't think the surprising information. in line with trustworthy experiences, Wade's physique were obvious deep within the Khyber cross, the place he had died attempting to achieve Afghanistan. quickly, although, her brain is racing. How had he escaped from India? What had pushed an excellent guy to homicide in chilly blood?
short of solutions, she makes use of her depart to enquire. within the village the place the 1st 3 killings happened, she discovers that the locals are sure that the British soldier was once blameless. but the current proprietor of the home the place the crime was once devoted believes differently, and is confident that Bess's father helped Wade flee. To settle the problem as soon as and for all, Bess units out to discover Wade and allow the courts decide.
but if she stumbles at the awful fact, whatever that even the well-known author Rudyard Kipling had stored mystery all his existence, she is shaken to her very center. The proof will rattling Wade at the same time they display a brutal fact, a fact that may were her personal destiny.
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A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 5) by Charles Todd