Disclaimer: This post has NOTHING to do with horses, but it’s still worth your time to read. Unless you hate reading. If you hate reading, just move on.
When I went to the Pinto World Show, I brought a book along to give me something to do between classes. This is no ordinary book. This book is magical.
Or should I say, this series of books. The Bess Crawford series by New York Times bestselling author, Charles Todd. (Whom, oddly enough, is not just ONE person, but TWO! A mother and son duo!)
These magical books have laid a spell on me. They have the ability to transport me to another era, another country, another life. My summer desperately needed some magical, imaginative teleportation. This series has done the trick!
The Bess Crawford mystery series is based on the fictional life of a bright young woman, born into a military family, who serves as a nurse during World War I, and who also happens to have some pretty stellar sleuthing skills.
Here are some excellent, and truthful, reviews of this gripping series:
“Winning….Fans of independent women sleuths like Maisie Dobbs will welcome this new addition to their ranks.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Anyone who cares to loll in early-20th century English villages and mores and follow a plucky heroine as she confronts the stupidity of war will find solace in this old-fashioned mystery.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Todd employs all the elements of a satisfying cozy mystery, with an absorbing plot and a charismatic heroine that will leave the reader wanting more.”
– Library Journal
“This is a wonderful new mystery series that will let us see the horrors of World War I through the eyes of Bess Crawford, a battlefield nurse. A Duty to the Dead is a richly realistic depiction of both the era and people who lived through it. I was sorry when the book ended and am already looking forward to hearing from Bess again. Soon, please!”
– Margaret Maron, Edgar Award-winning author of Death’s Half Acre
Charles Todd has written many mysteries, but the Bess Crawford series is my favorite. If you don’t want to follow a series of books, read the stand-alone, The Murder Stone. It’s dark, eerie, and romantic. I have goosebumps, people!
There is nothing like a good summer read. Have you read any good books lately? When was the last time you quit looking at a screen for entertainment? Call me old fashioned, but I believe reading is healthy for your mind and your soul.
I have the first three books in this series and I want to give them away! To pass on the joy of reading these stories! They’re used–complete with folded doggie-ear corners, chocolate smudges, and diet coke stains. But they still read the same! If you’re in need of a good read, comment below and tell me your favorite book of all time. I’ll randomly choose someone to mail these books to! Then perhaps they can pass on the love as well 🙂