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While My Soldier Serves eD Bess like many combat veterans suffers from PTSDven if it wasn t called that then Her xperiences many of them horrific will be with her for the rest of her life And unlike women of previous generations Bess is used to serving not just to being useful but to having a profession and the professional respect and recognition to go with it Adjusting to peacetime is going to be difficultIt s not surprising that Bess involves herself in a mystery during her leave She doesn t know what to do with herself if she s not taking care of someone lseOne of the things that made this particular case frustrating at least for this reader is that it was obvious fairly ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe early on that whatever was going on in the village of Sinclair and whatever was going on with Captain Travis were connected and that the issue revolved around his cousin James Travisstate While whodunnit was not remotely clear if only because we hadn t met the perpetrator at that point the why of things felt obviousBut one of the fascinating things about the case was the way that Simon Brandon and Bess worked together Their relationship has always been interesting Simon is a few years older than Bess probably ten but not than fifteen He s been a part of her life from her very The Fiend Next Door earliest memories as he joined her father s regiment in India when she was a child and when he had to lie about his age tonlist While he seems to act as an older brother he certainly isn t He is certainly her protector but his protection never ncroaches on Bess agency or autonomy not ven when he fairly obviously wishes that he could Nearly பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் every man who asks Bess to marry him and there have been several wonders if Brandon is the reason that she refuses And so does this reader He is the one person in Bess life who understands and accepts her as she is and not as hexpects a woman to be in that time and placeSo the mystery in A Casualty of War had its anticlimactic moments and also resembled bits of A Pattern of Lies But the uestions that it asks about not just Bess future but the future of all who served in that war that did not The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 end all wars and must now lay down their guns and their scalpels remains an open oneI can t wait to see where Bess finds herself and how she finds herself next I ve read all of the Charles Todd books both series and I am definitely a fan Both protagonists Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford are admirable resourceful likable and skilled The historical detail is always riveting and impeccable This book the newntry in the Bess Crawford series is no A Meditation on Murder exception It is set in the waning weeks of World War I and the first few days after itnds on 11111918 Bess is near the front lines in France tending to wounded when in the course of weeks tends the same soldier who has been shot on two different occasions by the same man He also claims this man is a cousin who deliberately shot him We soon find out it is a case of mistaken identity and assuredly didn t happen since the accused man was killed a year before The wounded Captain insists however and predictably is treated as brain injured or shell shocked Bess senses something lse going on since she feels a certainty the Captain is telling THE TRUTH THE REST OF THE STORY UNFOLDS AS truth The rest of the story unfolds as becomes the Captain s ally in getting to the truth A good twisty tale of old family feuds rivalries and unhealed hurts is revealed and this turns into uite a good tale Two flaws spoiled it some for me One is the whole premise I just it some for me One is the whole premise I just found it believable that the Captain made this mistake of identification in the first place Once you overlook that though the book contains all the things that have become hallmarks of the Charles Todd series The pace is painstakingly slow unnecessarily complicated and with the heroes plagued by incompetent unimaginative and small minded locals Still while these things continue to annoy me I ll always read the books because their depth detail and characterization than make up for what I find tedious I won t stop hoping the authors Style Will Evolve A Bit will volve a bit that the relationship between Simon and Bess will as well That Travis emotional stasis has gone on way too long I think this may be my favorite in the series so far I say so far because I m really hoping there will be Bess Crawford booksI would seriously love to see this series made into a tv series Listening to the audiobooks makes me feel like I m watching movies anyway and I have been thoroughlynjoying myself This is the first Bess Crawford I have read and I confess that I am underwhelmed Despite the setting in a period that fascinates me it just didn t click Perhaps if I had read others in the series I might like it better but Bess and the other characters were not particularly xciting It seemed to be written purely to see how many plot twists could be packed in The book just droned on and on I did finish it so I ll give it an OK Not my favorite I felt this dragged a lot I also got the feeling that Bess should be njoying her leave with her mother and not butting in on behalf of the Captain Just me I guess I m glad Bess and Simon were together at least Will we AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 ever see a romance thereI was a bit surprised by the opening to Chapter 2 It states that Bess had returned from Paris after recovering from an injury That s it No information on that I had to go back to see what I missed and there was nothing Odd Seemed out of context The war is over but Bess Crawford is still incurably nosy I m a big fan of the Bess Craw. Rought back to the aid station with a severe wound once angrily denouncing the Lieutenant as a killer But when it appears that James Travis couldn’t have shot him the Captain’s sanity is uestioned Still Bess wonders how such anxperienced officer could be so wrongOn leave in England Bess finds the Captain strapped to his bed in a clinic for brain injuries Horrified ,

I continue to read the books written by this team and continue to prefer the Ian Rutledge books Bess Crawford is than capable when it comes to nursing on the battlefield This part of the book is compelling as the devastation that occurs when one side retreats is described movingly what with the Germans planting bombs in gardens and ovens to take lives after they have left The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? even though Crawford and crew tend to the wounded German soldiers left behind Then comes her leave where she devotes herfforts and time to investigate claims made by one of the soldiers she had nursed a Captain who said his cousin had tried to kill him during action Eventually Bess is successful with the help of Simon and her father and many others as she pretty much turns a small Suffolk town upside down and is nearly killed herself Selfless to the max much The result is that you admire her devotion and skill in the first half and want to say ENUF already in the second half How can she return to work with zero rest Originally published at Reading RealityThey say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions And that s how it seems for much of A Casualty of War as very time that Bess Crawford attempts to make things better for Captain Alan Travis she seems to nd up digging the poor man an The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online even bigger hole Bess being Bess she feels than a bit guilty about it and a whole lot responsibleAnd it s that sense of responsibility that gets her in deep trouble As it usually doesBess war isnding Not with a bang but seemingly with a whimper as the Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet eleventh hour of theleventh day of the leventh month of 1918 is noted by the chiming of a surgeon s watch and nothing at the forward aid station where Bess is currently stationedThe guns may have finally been silenced but there are still plenty of casualties pouring into the aid station including Captain Travis Bess met Travis once before as the both spent a brief respite at a canteen in between trips back to the front She found him pleasant affable intelligent and ager to return home to his family Design Research: Methods and Perspectives estate in BarbadosNow he s a patient claiming that he was shot by someone on their own side Not merely someone unknown but his cousin James His late cousin James Very late A year late Whether James went up or down after his death in combat he hasn t been shooting anyone recently Onither side For than a yearAnd that s where the story kicks into gear and moves back to England All the nurses who served in forward positions get sent home for two weeks leave including Bess She still has a duty to perform but where that duty can best be provided is something that she ll learn after a couple of weeks to rest and regroup Or at least that s what supposed to happenInstead Bess takes on Captain Travis continuing case Not his medical case not xactly Rather the mess that she feels she helped to land him in Bess feels as if she was the one to suggest that his supposed assailant the one who Travis said resembled his great uncle might be his cousin James So When It Turns Out That So when it turns out that has been dead for over a year Alan Travis gets classified as a head case and sent to increasingly worse careShell shock was considered a moral failing not a diseaseBut Bess remembers the man she met in that canteen before he was wounded She thinks he s telling a version of the truth And that he s definitely not crazy Just because it couldn t have been James does not mean that there was not a very real assailant one who resembled his cousin in a British uniform shooting at him Not once but twice As Bess treated both his injuries she knows for certain that the shots were real The only uestion is who fired themBess finds herself involved in not just a giant mess but also a small town mystery It s not just that something is wrong with the treatment of Captain Alan Travis case but it turns out that something is also very wrong with the administration of his cousin Lieutenant James Travis will And that those two messes are somehow one and the sameIt will be up to Bess with the help of her friend and her father s right hand man Sergeant Major Simon Brandon to figure out who did what to whom before it s too late Not Brandon to figure out who did what to whom before it s too late Not for Captain Travis but also for Bess herselfEscape Rating B After the Magpie Murders a couple of weeks ago I have been itching to sink my teeth into a good historical mystery I pulled A Casualty of War out of the TBR stack a couple of weeks ahead of publication just to scratch that itch And I m glad I didI have loved this series from its very beginning in A Duty To The Dead And if you like historical mystery or are a fan of Maisie Dobbs in particular that s where I recommend that new readers begin Bess Crawford s journey While Bess finds herself in the middle of a case during very book the series is also the story of Bess war as a combat nurse Her journey begins in A Duty to the Dead while in A Casualty of War it is obvious that her war is coming to an nd Which makes this book not the best place to startThe war itself is winding down in this book It actually has wound down but that s something we know from history and not something that Bess wound down but that s something we know from history and not something that Bess 100% certain of at the time What happened on November 11 1918 was an armistice which is not a peace treaty While the guns were silent it was still possible that they would roar again Which of course they did but not for another 20 yearsSo part of the underlying theme to A Casualty of War is that Bess war and her war service are coming to an n. Though the Great War is nearing its nd the fighting rages on While waiting for transport back to her post Bess Crawford meets Captain Alan Travis from the island of Barbados Later when he’s brought into her forward aid station disoriented from a head wound Bess is alarmed that he believes his distant English cousin Lieutenant James Travis shot him Then the Captain is ,

Ford series and I have read almost all the books so far A Casualty of War shows just what a wonderful mother and son writing team Caroline Todd and Charles Todd are when it comes to writing booksIn A Casualty of War must Bess help Captain Alan Travis who is convinced that his cousin shot him but it s impossible since his cousin couldn t have been the one to do that so now his sanity is uestioned Bess together with Sergeant Major Simon Brandon travels to the cousin James Travis s hometown to try to find out about the cousins and why their families are strangedWithout giving too much of the plot away do I want to say that this is one of the strongest books in the series Once again Bess is confronted with a strange mystery with a lot of suspicious and distrustful people in a small village Bess herself is thinking about her future now that the war is going towards the nd What is she going to do next she has been a nurse for so long that it has become her whole life living with fear and the prospect of death any minute If you have read any my previous review do you know that I m a big fan of Sergeant Lassiter and I was thrilled that he showed up for just a small cameo Bah I wanted of him not just a small part Although it was a sweet moment that Bess kind of destroyed for me A Casualty of War is a great book You can read this book without having read any of the previous books It s asy to get to know the characters and the stories in the books are stand alone 45 stars I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review This is my first foray into the world of Bess Crawford and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised I received this ARC from William Morrow in Asperger - Leben in zwei Welten : Betroffene berichten: das hilft mir in Beruf, Partnerschaft Alltag exchange for an honest review I wasxpecting this to be in the cozy mystery category but I would not put it thereWorld War I has finally come to an Hsi K'Ang and His Poetical Essay on the Lute end for Bess Crawford who has spent the war at the front line helping heal wounded soldier s so that they can return to their regiments or be sent home depending on the severity of their wounds Some of her time is also spent writing letters to the families of soldiers who have died Armistice has finally come for the War tond all warsThere is one soldier who still needs her help Captain Alan Travis He is wounded and claims to have been shot by a fellow British officer his cousin James Travis Unfortunately James Travis died in the war and could not have shot him He was fixed up and sent back to his unit where he is again wounded and once again he claims that is was his cousin who shot him Bess believes him and looks him up when she is returned to Britain She finds him tied down to a bed in a place where soldiers who are suffering from shell shockAlan Travis and his family live in Barbados where his ancestors settled after a Venous Catheters extremely unpleasant disagreement between two brothers at the Travisstate in England It is at this state that Bess goes to look for answersI thought I had the solution arly on in the book but in the nd I was wrong There are nough twists and turns in this book to hold anyone s interest I have the first in this series on my kindle and fully intend to read it
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are just few musings rather than a review since so many others have written terrific reviewsOnce again the Todd mother and son team have written a book full of detail that puts you in the trenches going over the hill or in the aid stations of WWI Their ability to put you right with the characters has been a hallmark of both the Bess Crawford series and the Ian Rutledge seriesIt makes me crazy there isn t any inner life Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876 expressed by Bess Hey there is a marriage proposal by one of her dearest friends and it s worth only a paragraph or three There is a suggestion that the man who has been her companion since childhood might be in love with her is barely worth a considerationven though it might be upsetting her whole world view Who knows We rarely are allowed a glimpse of anything she is thinking unless it is related to her nursing or the case she is investigating At least Ian Rutledge has an inner life Witched At Birth (A Paris, Texas Romance, even though it is onlyxpressed by his PTSD caused ghostI like that there seemed to be detail about Simon Brandon Maybe these details have always been part of the back story included in the previous books and I m just not remembering But there did seem to be in this book and it seems as if the Todds are making him ven younger than might have been xpressed in Smalltalk: Die Kunst des stilvollen Mitredens earlier books Will this result in Simon declaring himself in the next book Many if not most readerreviewer seem to want to see the Todds take this step I always wonder if authors read their reviews and take to heart some of the comments that are madeThe portrayal of the Armistice is just stunning in its simplicity Heartbreaking too how theffort for the troops doing their best to kill one another with a renewed vigor ran through the story before the Armistice I rarely doubt a single historical detail included by the Todds if do then I look into it and I find they are invariably correctA personal preference please don t use grin than twice in a book Smile is perfect Besides Simon smiles he shouldn t be grinning in this book He is book Smile is perfect Besides Simon smiles he shouldn t be grinning in this book He is a grinner he guards his Burkes Christmas Surprise emotions Grinning denotes looseness of a sort Yep I might take my characters a bit too seriously I also have a personal war against smirk and uirk being used than twice in any bookAs usual I will anxiously await the next book. Y his condition Bess and Sergeant Major Simon Brandon travel to James Travis’s home in Suffolk to learn about the baffling relationship between these two cousinsHer search will lead this smart capable and compassionate young woman into unexpected danger and bring her face to face with the visible and invisible wounds of war that notven the much longed for peace can he. ,

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