An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd (audio)

Title:  An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford #4)

Author:  Charles Todd

Narrator:  Rosalyn Landor

Genre:  Mystery (series)

Published:  2012 – Harper Audio

8 hours 31 minutes

Synopsis (from publisher) In the spring of 1918, the Spanish flu epidemic spreads, killing millions of soldiers and civilians across the globe. Overwhelmed by the constant flow of wounded soldiers coming from the French front, battlefield nurse Bess Crawford must now contend with hundreds of influenza patients as well.

However, war and disease are not the only killers to strike. Bess discovers, concealed among the dead waiting for burial, the body of an officer who has been murdered. Though she is devoted to all her patients, this soldier’s death touches her deeply. Not only did the man serve in her father’s former regiment, he was also a family friend.

Before she can report the terrible news, Bess falls ill, the latest victim of the flu. By the time she recovers, the murdered officer has been buried, and the only other person who saw the body has hanged himself. Or did he?

Working her father’s connections in the military, Bess begins to piece together what little evidence she can find to unmask the elusive killer and see justice served. But she must be as vigilant as she is tenacious. With a determined killer on her heels, each move Bess makes could be her last.

My take:  I thought the 4th book in the Bess Crawford series had a different feel to it than the others. Yes, we read about Bess’ work as a nurse at the front and her unofficial detective work back in England while she’s on leave but there’s a menacing danger in this mystery. It’s one that threatens Bess, all of her loved ones, and some unsuspecting soldiers.

Revenge is one thing. Indiscriminate killing is another.

from An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd

I had no idea who the murderer was until the reveal. This mystery took turns that completely confused me! I can accept the solution but it wasn’t what I’d expected – even though I wasn’t sure what I expected 🙂

What I enjoyed about An Unmarked Grave was that we see more of Simon Brandon and Bess’ father in this book. It made me think that the series could continue after WWI. I would definitely read more about Bess solving crimes in post-war England. I also appreciated the descriptions of the front where Bess treated soldiers who’d been wounded, suffered the effects of gas, and  those who became ill with Spanish flu.

Rosalyn Landor’s performance was great. There’s a definite distinction between male and female voices that made me question more than once if there was a male narrator as well!

Source:  I bought it (Audible)

Note:  My thanks to Jennifer at Book Club Girl blog. If not for the Read-Along I may never have met Bess Crawford. I’m so glad I did!

20 thoughts on “An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd (audio)

  1. Another book to add to my audible wishlist…which is out of control for sure! 😀 I think I will have to start this series!!


  2. My mother in law is a big fan of these books but said this particular one was spoilt for her by the poor recording. Did you encounter any problems?


  3. I am not doing the read-along, but I did pick up the first two books when I was at the book store on Saturday. I can’t wait to get started.


  4. I agree the book was more sinister and serious than the previous in the series. I wish that it was a little lighter in places!


  5. I’m so glad that you met Bess as well Mary! And thanks so much for joining the read along. I hope you can join us on Thursday night when we talk with the authors. I have to say, with the twists and turns that this one took, I think the audio might have been confusing for me as well – I was glad to have the print edition – and on an e-reader, which makes it even easier to search – to check back on some of the names and make sure I knew who was who. And I agree, this one definitely had a different feel to it, which I really liked.


    • I agree about reading the eBook. That’s how I read the first book in the series and I loved being able to quickly look up words and highlight without breaking the flow of reading.


  6. Now that I’ve discovered audio books, this one sounds great! I’ve seen great reviews of this book and I’m glad to see the audio is just as good.


  7. This one sounds interesting – I like it when you can’t figure out who the murderer is. This is such an intriguing time in history too, I think I’d like this one. Glad you enjoyed it!


  8. I picked up the first two in this series after Ryan from Wordsmithonia recommended them … good to see you’ve enjoyed them too 🙂


  9. I’m so sad!!! I wrote a long post to add here to thank everybody,especially Mary,and it was deleted because of the log in issue I had at posting time!! As my daughters are prone to saying..” My Bad” !! In any case ,I made various points at issue,but my overall theme was given time, authors work to really ” learn” their characters, and I then interpret,and give those characters voice in a literal way. I am really enjoying this author( actually a mother/ son team) expand the relationships and personalities of their core characters in these books as time goes by… And I’m happy to know you are all looking forward to seeing more of Bess in the future ! Re: PW’s post , and the inferior quality of the recording,do,contact the provider and explain the situation. I am sure there will be a refund,or a replacement in the offing!….take care,
    Rosalyn. ( Landor).


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