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A horrific explosion at a gunpowder mill sends Bess Crawford to war-torn France to keep a deadly pattern of lies from leading to more deaths, in this compelling and atmospheric mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Question of Honor and An Unwilling Accomplice.

An explosion and fire at the Ashton Gunpowder Mill in Kent has killed over a hundred men. It's called an appalling tragedy—until suspicion and rumor raise the specter of murder. While visiting the Ashton family, Bess Crawford finds herself caught up in a venomous show of hostility that doesn't stop with Philip Ashton's arrest. Indeed, someone is out for blood, and the household is all but under siege.

The only known witness to the tragedy is now at the Front in France. Bess is asked to find him. When she does, he refuses to tell her anything that will help the Ashtons. Realizing that he believes the tissue of lies that has nearly destroyed a family, Bess must convince him to tell her what really happened that terrible Sunday morning. But now someone else is also searching for this man.

To end the vicious persecution of the Ashtons, Bess must risk her own life to protect her reluctant witness from a clever killer intent on preventing either of them from ever reaching England.

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An explosion and fire at the Ashton Gunpowder Mill in Kent has killed over a hundred men. It's called an appalling tragedy—until suspicion and rumor raise the specter of murder. While visiting the Ashton family, Bess Crawford finds herself caught up in a venomous show of hostility that doesn't stop with Philip Ashton's arrest. Indeed, someone is out for blood, and the household is all but under siege.

The only known witness to the tragedy is now at the Front in France. Bess is asked to find him. When she does, he refuses to tell her anything that will help the Ashtons. Realizing that he believes the tissue of lies that has nearly destroyed a family, Bess must convince him to tell her what really happened that terrible Sunday morning. But now someone else is also searching for this man.

To end the vicious persecution of the Ashtons, Bess must risk her own life to protect her reluctant witness from a clever killer intent on preventing either of them from ever reaching England.

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        A chance encounter in the fall of 1918 lands Bess Crawford in the midst of a disturbing mystery in bestseller Todd’s suspenseful seventh outing for the veteran British nurse (after 2014’s An Unwilling Accomplice). With her hopes high that the slaughter of WWI will end soon, Bess manages to get leave from France to visit her parents. But when she’s stranded in Canterbury waiting for a train, she runs into Maj. Mark Ashton, a former patient. Her pleasure at the unexpected meeting is soon marred by his revelation that his family has been the subject of a sustained whispering campaign. Two years earlier, the family business, a gunpowder factory, exploded, causing more than 100 deaths. Though the official investigation ruled out sabotage, rumor has it that Mark’s father, Philip, was responsible. Even Philip’s arrest doesn’t end the Ashtons’ persecution, and Bess hazards her life to find the truth. The resolution doesn’t match the buildup, but this is a minor shortcoming. Agent: Jane Chelius, Jane Chelius Literary Agency.

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        A nursing sister in the last days of World War I tries to help a man belatedly accused of murder. When Bess Crawfor, of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service, encounters her former patient Maj. Mark Ashton in Canterbury, he invites her to stay with him and his parents at their ancestral home in nearby Cranbourne. She accepts but soon realizes she's come at a bad time. An explosion in the Ashton powder mill two years ago has turned the Cranbourne villagers against the family. Although the army had commandeered the mill from Mark's father, Philip, and ignored his warnings not to push production too hard, Philip is still blamed for the disaster. But Bess is as puzzled as the Ashtons about why the villagers should suddenly become even more agitated-and why Philip should be arrested so long after the deaths of the millworkers. When Bess returns to the front in France, she tracks down the one witness who actually saw the explosion. But he won't request leave from the army to come back to England and testify. Instead, Bess returns to Cranbourne to question the villagers, whose reasons for harassing the Ashtons range from conspiracy theories to resentment of perceived wrongs during the reign of Henry VIII to beliefs in an angry water deity. Even so, Bess is certain that one person has found a way to unite them in hatred of the Ashtons. She must juggle her search for facts with her nursing duties in France, as soldiers maim and kill one another for futile possession of inches of land. Even when someone at the hospital tries to murder Bess, it doesn't stop her efforts to find the man behind the campaign to see Philip Ashton hanged. Despite uneven pacing and a couple of creaky plot devices, Bess' seventh case (An Unwilling Accomplice, 2014, etc.) does its strong, determined heroine credit.

        COPYRIGHT(2015) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        In the last days of WWI, battlefield nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford is staying with an old friend in a small town in England. A catastrophe at a nearby gunpowder mill casts suspicion of arson and murder on the mill's owner, who happens to be Bess' host. Convinced the man is innocent, Bess is determined to find the one surviving witness who can clear her friend's name. But there's a problem: the witness is currently in combat, fighting at the front. Can Bess find him before someone else does and perhaps silences him forever? Fans of the Crawford series should really enjoy this installment, and anyone who enjoys WWI or between-the-wars mysteries starring resolute women (Maisie Dobbs, for example) should get to know Bess Crawford right away.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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An explosion and fire at the Ashton Gunpowder Mill in Kent has killed over a hundred men. It's called an appalling tragedy—until suspicion and rumor raise the specter of murder. While visiting the Ashton family, Bess Crawford finds herself caught up in a venomous show of hostility that doesn't stop with Philip Ashton's arrest. Indeed, someone is out for blood, and the household is all but under siege.

The only known witness to the tragedy is now at the Front in France. Bess is asked to find him. When she does, he refuses to tell her anything that will help the Ashtons. Realizing that he believes the tissue of lies that has nearly destroyed a family, Bess must convince him to tell her...

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