A Question of Honor by Charles Todd

Publication Date August 2013 by William Morrow. This is the 5th book in the Bess Crawford series.

Summary: It is 1918 and Bess Crawford is a British Sister, a nurse working in France during World War I. But 10 years previously she was a child living in India with her mother and her career soldier father, Colonel Crawford. One of the men in her father’s regiment, Lieutenant Wade, vanished and was the prime suspect in the murder of 5 people, two of whom were his parents. This was not only a problem for the army but also was a stain on Colonel Crawford’s outstanding reputation. But Wade was eventually reported dead in a very remote, dangerous area. A Question of Honor

Bess is working with the wounded in France when she is asked to communicate with a dying Indian sergeant. The man wants to let Colonel Crawford know that he spotted Wade in France among the enlisted men. If it is true that Wade is still alive it could have repercussions for her father. She takes it upon herself to investigate.

Comments: While enjoyable, this wasn’t my favorite entry thus far in the series. So much of the plot was highly unlikely, given the status of the people involved in the investigation. The characters were a bit flat–as if we were expected to already know them from the prior books and not gain further insight.



The Family Way by Rhys Bowen

Publication Date March, 2013 by Minotaur Books.

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The Family Way is the 12th book in the Molly Murphy series. There are currently 17 titles, so I’m almost caught up. A friend told me about Rhys Bowen a couple of years ago and I’m glad she did.

Molly is an Irish immigrant who must make her way in New York City in the early 1900’s. After trying and failing at more traditional jobs for a woman, she decides to become a private detective.

Some of the escapades Molly gets into are preposterous, but I love these books for relaxing, escapist reading. If you like mysteries with historical settings and spunky female protagonists, I highly recommend this series.

Defend and Betray

Original Publication Date, 1992; Audible publication date September 28, 2009 by Recorded Books. Defend and Betray

Defend and Betray by Anne Perry is the 3rd in the William Monk Series. See Goodreads and other sources for the synopsis.

Because of it’s older publication date, this book just gets a brief mention on the Brown Booknook, rather than a full review on the Brown Bookloft. I listened to the audio version through Audible.com. It’s sometimes difficult to review books when I listen to them because I use audio books to combat bouts of insomnia. Sometimes I’m up listening for hours while other times I fall asleep within minutes. This means that despite “rewinding” frequently, I’ll miss patches.

I figured out the motive for the murder fairly early into the story, but I was completely enthralled by the proof and details during the courtroom proceedings.