Review: A BITTER TRUTH by Charles Todd

Historical Tapestry recently read and reviewed A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

I always find that I have a hard time initially getting into this series. It has happened with all three books so far, but once I am engrossed in the story things seem to go rather well. I have almost entirely read the three books in one sitting each. I actually think the series is getting better, though. The writing is improving and the overall stories.

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Review: AN UNMARKED GRAVE by Charles Todd

Historical Tapestry recently read and reviewed An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

I really enjoyed how much of Simon there was in this book. I find we are really getting to know him and I really like him. I continue to be curious what role he was play in Bess’ future.

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The mystery in this book is solid, even though there was really no way for the reader to figure out the answer before the end.

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Review: AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS by Charles Todd

Historical Tapestry recently read and reviewed An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

This book just seemed like drama, drama, drama. That is not necessarily a bad thing, it kept things interesting, but it seemed like everyone was having some sort of a problem in this book. I find that sometimes Bess and her family are shown as just a bit too perfect. They always seem to get along and Bess is always on a quest to do the right thing. There doesn’t seem to be enough flaws to round out the characters.

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Review: A DUTY TO THE DEAD by Charless Todd

Historical Tapestry recently read and reviewed A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

I actually think as far as her independence goes, she is probably more realistic than Maisie Dobb’s. Her parents are constantly checking up on Bess and there is Simon, a friend of the family, who is around the rest of the time. She still does move around a fair bit, but not without some restrictions. I also think that her being a nurse in WWI and the changes that brought for women opened up some of the freedom for her. As to my first impression, I wasn’t sure what to make of Bess.

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Review: AN UNMARKED GRAVE by Charles Todd

The Nerd Reports recently read and reviewed An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

Originally, when I picked up An Unmarked Grave I thought it was the first book in the Bess Crawford Mystery series. Um…oops. It was actually the forth. Reading it out of order definitely made it difficult at times- it appears that characters and relationships were established earlier in the series, so there was more focus on the story itself and its movement forward.

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Review: A BITTER TRUTH by Charles Todd

Books and Movies recently read and reviewed A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

While I didn’t enjoy the mystery in A Bitter Truth as much as I did the stories in the first two books in the series, I did enjoy getting to see Bess at work as a nurse in France.

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Review: WINGS OF FIRE by Charles Todd

Liz V. recently read and reviewed Wings of Fire by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a snippet:

Inspector Rutledge considers whether a double suicide and accidental death are part of something more sinister…

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Review: AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS by Charles Todd

Impressions In Ink recently reviewed An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

Although I liked this book, I did not enjoy it as well as A Duty to the Dead or A Bitter Truth.
I have also decided I like the inspector Ian Rutledge books a bit better. His character is more driven, enticing, and a bit quirky (I like quirkiness.)
Why did I not enjoy this book as well as the others? From the first page of the story it did not sweep me away. The pace or order of events, or maybe the characters just dragged.

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Review: SEARCH THE DARK by Charles Todd

Impressions In Ink recently reviewed Search the Dark by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

A woman has been brutally beaten by a blunt object on her head. It is considered to be an aggressive passionate murder. A World War I veteran named Bert Mowbray has been arrested. He had been on a train traveling to a job opportunity, he saw a woman and two children that looked like his own family. While he was at war his family had died by a bombing in London. They were presumed dead. Yet, this woman and children remind him of his own beloved and missed family. He reacts with dramatic zeal, desperately looking for them in Singleton Magna. When a woman is found murdered, the police believe Mowbray is the murderer.

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Review: A TEST OF WILLS by Charles Todd

Impressions In Ink recently reviewed A Test of Wills by Charles Todd for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

He is a character that I admire, because of his tenacity and perseverance. He seems to come across as a calm and reserved person. Yet, in his mind he is fighting his own adversity. He is a dimensional character, this makes him believable, real. He is a character that I can easily imagine being flesh and bone.

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