A Pattern of Lies

A Pattern of Lies

Book - 2015 | First edition
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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.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062386243
Branch Call Number: MYS F TOD
Characteristics: 325 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 05, 2018

Another interesting romp with nurse Bess and she alternates between administering to WWI casualties in France and investigates the reasons behind a nefarious plot to discredit and convict the father of a patient she had helped survive his wounds. It's too bad they didn't award mileage for trips back and forth across the Channel -- she'd have been able to buy her own boat by the end of this story. The ending is a bit abrupt, and I think for such a sensible character she does act foolishly now and then. Maybe it's effects of mal-de-mer (although she mentions not being affected by it.)

Jan 22, 2016

Another good story by Charles Todd with Nurse Bess Crawford helping to solve another murder. There are a lot of different characters to keep count of But it is exciting.

May 04, 2015

When will this title be available as an ebook?

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