By Charles Todd
International battle I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's profession and lifestyles are in jeopardy whilst a homicide is dedicated on her watch, during this soaking up and atmospheric ancient secret from ny occasions bestselling writer Charles Todd
Arriving in London on depart, Bess Crawford gets an strange summons from the warfare place of work. She's been asked to accompany a wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace, the place he's to be embellished for gallantry through King George himself.
Though she is bound she's by no means met or nursed Sergeant Jason Wilkins, she can't refuse the dignity. seriously bandaged and constrained to a wheelchair, the soldier should be in her deal with slightly an afternoon. yet at the morning after the rite while Bess is going to assemble her cost for his go back trip, she unearths the room empty. How may perhaps this type of significantly wounded guy easily vanish with out a hint? either the military and the Nursing carrier carry Bess responsible for wasting the battle hero. there's a humiliating inquiry, and the incident is famous in her record.
More hectic information complicates her already tough state of affairs: the military now considers Wilkins a deserter, and Scotland backyard questions her whilst Wilkins is suspected of killing a guy in chilly blood. If Bess is to transparent her identify and go back to responsibility in France, she needs to end up that she used to be by no means his partner. however the sergeant has disappeared back and neither the military nor the police can locate him.
The ethical implications—that a sufferer in her cost has dedicated murder—become extra very important to Bess than her personal destiny. Accom-panied via her good friend Simon Brandon, she heads north to discover the lacking guy herself.
Carefully wondering suspicious locals, Bess and Simon stick with a path of clues throughout England. Drawn right into a secret that turns out to develop darker with each discovery, they detect that this guy has introduced the conflict domestic to distant places faraway from the killing fields of France. yet will uncovering the reality positioned extra blameless humans in jeopardy?
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