The Shattered Tree

The Shattered Tree

Bess Crawford Mystery Series, Book 8

eBook - 2016
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World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier's background—and uncover his true loyalties—in this thrilling and atmospheric entry in the bestselling “vivid period mystery series” (New York Times Book Review).At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher-bearers find an exhausted officer, shivering with cold and a loss of blood from several wounds. The soldier is brought to battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's aid station, where she stabilizes him and treats his injuries before he is sent to a rear hospital. The odd thing is, the officer isn't British—he's French. But in a moment of anger and stress, he shouts at Bess in German.When Bess reports the incident to Matron, her superior offers a ready explanation. The soldier is from Alsace-Lorraine, a province in the west where the tenuous border between France and Germany has continually shifted through history, most recently in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, won by the Germans. But is the wounded man Alsatian? And if he is, on which side of the war do his sympathies really lie?Of course, Matron could be right, but Bess remains uneasy—and unconvinced. If he was a French soldier, what was he doing so far from his own lines . . . and so close to where the Germans are putting up a fierce, last-ditch fight?When the French officer disappears in Paris, it's up to Bess—a soldier's daughter as well as a nurse—to find out why, even at the risk of her own life.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780062386298
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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brangwinn
Sep 19, 2017

This is an okay mystery set at the end of World War I. Bess Crawford, a nurse at the front of military action, is caught up in a mystery that goes back decades. When an injury sends her to Paris for recuperation, she somehow manages to find herself meeting the people she needs to solve the mystery of an unknown solder’s country. Was he a spy? I found the story a little convoluted and it doesn’t inspire me to read other books in the series.

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jeffreyochsner
Sep 16, 2017

This latest book in the Bess Crawford was not very good. Bess ends up spending an inordinate amount time end energy (and the time and energy of others who do her bidding) trying to find out what is/was going on with an injured soldier who was wearing a French uniform, but who cried out in German at one point. First, I was not convinced of the need for Bess to be investigating the situation at all, especially while she was recovering from her own injury. Second, the book dragged. Bess was supposed to be recuperating in Paris, but she was constantly going out and investigating. It seemed to take forever to get to a resolution, and the whole story seemed far-fetched to me. It was really rather tiresome.

I think I will stick with the Ian Rutledge series going forward; those are usually very good.

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lmad
Dec 21, 2016

Very disappointed too convoluted and contrived. So much back and forth to Petite Beauvais. The threads just don't hang well together. Weak plot weak characters. Did not like.

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sophia08
Dec 01, 2016

I enjoyed this book very much. It held my interest to the end. The writing is good. The relationships are believable. I want to know what happens next. Better than most of the Bess Crawford series.

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brit4321
Nov 03, 2016

I've read and enjoyed all Todd's books but I have to say that this one is SO boring that I didn't even bother finishing it. Not sure why they wrote it, except to simply get a book out.

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maryannaze
Oct 23, 2016

I have read all the Bess Crawford books, and this is not my favorite. I almost quit in the middle. It seemed very slow and tedious. I kept wondering why Bess felt she had to poke her nose into the whole business.

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jazpur
Oct 10, 2016

This one Is set mostly in Paris and its outskirts in the last year of WWI.British nurse, Bess Crawford senses a mystery when a french lieutenant is attacked by another patient at the aid station and shouts at him in German.When she is shot herself and is sent to Paris to recuperate, the mystery widens and deepens. Nothing is as it seems on the surface. She sets about unravelling the story with help from the usual sources plus an American officer ostensibly in Paris looking for deserters.The authors give a good indication along the way of the lives of parisiennes and the deprivations they endured and overcame at the time.

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