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A Cruel Deception

(2019)
(Book 11 in the Bess Crawford Mystery series)
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In the aftermath of World War I, nurse Bess Crawford attempts to save a troubled former soldier from a mysterious killer in this eleventh book in the beloved Bess Crawford mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.

The Armistice of November 1918 ended the fighting, but the Great War will not be over until a Peace Treaty is drawn up and signed by all parties. Representatives from the Allies are gathering in Paris, and already ominous signs of disagreement have appeared.

Sister Bess Crawford, who has been working with the severely wounded in England in the war's wake, is asked to carry out a personal mission in Paris for a Matron at the London headquarters of The Queen Alexandra's.

Bess is facing decisions about her own future, even as she searches for the man she is charged with helping. When she does locate Lawrence Minton, she finds a bitter and disturbed officer who has walked away from his duties at the Peace Conference and is well on his way toward an addiction to opiates. When she confronts him with the dangers of using laudanum, he tells her that he doesn't care if he lives or dies, as long as he can find oblivion. But what has changed him? What is it that haunts him? He can't confide in Bess - because the truth is so deeply buried in his mind that he can only relive it in nightmares. The officers who had shared a house with him in Paris profess to know nothing - still, Bess is reluctant to trust them even when they offer her their help. But where to begin on her own?

What is driving this man to a despair so profound it can only end with death? The war? Something that happened in Paris? To prevent a tragedy, she must get at the truth as quickly as possible - which means putting herself between Lieutenant Minton and whatever is destroying him. Or is it whoever?

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hardback Editions

October 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-285983-8 / 978-0-06-285983-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

September 2020 : USA Paperback

Title: A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-285984-6 / 978-0-06-285984-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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October 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-294429-0 / 978-0-06-294429-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
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Audio Editions

October 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery: The Bess Crawford Mysteries, book 11
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 1-982687-80-0 / 978-1-982687-80-9
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
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October 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: A Cruel Deception: Library Edition
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 1-982687-79-7 / 978-1-982687-79-3
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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September 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery: The Bess Crawford Mysteries, book 11
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 1-982687-81-9 / 978-1-982687-81-6
Publisher: HarperCollins B and Blackstone Publishing
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October 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Cruel Deception: Bess Crawford Mysteries, Book 11
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: HarperAudio
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October 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: A Cruel Deception: Bess Crawford Mysteries, Book 11
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: HarperAudio
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October 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Cruel Deception: Bess Crawford Mysteries, Book 11
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: HarperAudio
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October 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Cruel Deception: Bess Crawford Mysteries, Book 11
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

October 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 11)
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
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