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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 12 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %

A Duty to the Dead

A Duty to the Dead - Charles Todd

A Duty to the Dead begins with nurse Bess Crawford surviving the sinking of the hospital ship HMHS Britannic (sister ship of the Titanic) in the summer of 1916, and then going home to England to recuperate from a badly broken arm.  While there, she also feels a strong "duty to the dead."


One of her former patients, Arthur Graham, asked, in his dying words, for Bess to visit his brother, Jonathan, and give him a private message: "Tell Jonathan that I lied.  I did it for mother's sake.  But it has to be put right."  So she goes to the village of Owlhurst, in Kent, to perform this task, but finds that no one in the family seems inclined to actually do anything about the message - so she takes on the task herself.


This was a good historical mystery (I have read "Charles Todd" before, but not this series, and liked all of them), and the war atmosphere is well done.  It was an enjoyable read.