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A Duty to the Dead

(2009)
(The first book in the Bess Crawford Mystery series)
A novel by

 
 
From the brilliantly imaginative New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd comes an unforgettable new character in an exceptional new series

England, 1916. Independent-minded Bess Crawford's upbringing is far different from that of the usual upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. Growing up in India, she learned the importance of responsibility, honor, and duty from her officer father. At the outbreak of World War I, she followed in his footsteps and volunteered for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed hospital ship Britannic.

On one voyage, Bess grows fond of the young, gravely wounded Lieutenant Arthur Graham. Something rests heavily on his conscience, and to give him a little peace as he dies, she promises to deliver a message to his brother. It is some months before she can carry out this duty, and when she's next in England, she herself is recovering from a wound.

When Bess arrives at the Graham house in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's last wishes with surprising indifference. Neither his mother nor his brother Timothy seems to think it has any significance. Unsettled by this, Bess is about to take her leave when sudden tragedy envelops her. She quickly discovers that fulfilling this duty to the dead has thrust her into a maelstrom of intrigue and murder that will endanger her own life and test her courage as not even war has.

Genre: Historical Mystery
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Hardback Editions

August 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-179176-8 / 978-0-06-179176-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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August 2009 : USA Hardback

Title: Duty to the Dead 9c Flr
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-190459-7 / 978-0-06-190459-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Fiction
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Paperback Editions

August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-179177-6 / 978-0-06-179177-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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August 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-193384-8 / 978-0-06-193384-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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August 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-06-188369-7 / 978-0-06-188369-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
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Audio Editions

August 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Series) (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 1-60998-200-2 / 978-1-60998-200-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: AudioGO
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September 2009 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2009 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Duty to the Dead: A Bess Crawford Mystery
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2009 : USA Audio CD

Title: A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-7927-6764-0 / 978-0-7927-6764-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audiogo
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September 2009 : USA Audio CD
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Title: A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford)
Author(s): Charles Todd
ISBN: 0-7927-6687-3 / 978-0-7927-6687-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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Kindle Editions

August 2009 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU