September 2009 Indie Next List
“A Duty to the Dead introduces Bess Crawford, a strong-willed young woman in the nursing corps during WWI. To fulfill a promise made to the charismatic dying soldier she fell in love with, Bess will have to uncover family secrets and a web of deception spanning years. Bess Crawford is a character I look forward to spending more time with.”
— Joni Montover, Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX
The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War. In 1916, she promises Lieutenant Arthur Graham that she will carry his dying request to a brother. When the hospital ship is sunk by a mine and she is sent home to England to recover from her wounds, Bess is determined to fulfill her promise at last. There the enigmatic message is treated with skepticism. Then the family's safe world is turned upside down when another brother comes home, dying of pneumonia. Knowing what it cost the young officer to rely on a stranger to speak for him, Bess takes upon herself this duty to the dead, so that Arthur can rest in peace. But it isn t as straightforward as she expects, when she hears the whispers in the village of Owlhurst and in the end, the price of uncovering the truth will mean putting her own life at risk for Arthur's sake.
About the Author
"New York Times" bestselling author Charles Todd is the author of twelve Ian Rutledge mysteries, two Bess Crawford mysteries, and one stand-alone novel. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.
Rosalyn Landor has worked as an actress since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits include leading roles for Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, mini-series on all major networks, and in films, theater and audio productions.