world war I

Feb 22, 2011

This second in the Bess Crawford mystery series, finds the World War I nurse once again embroiled in solving a murder. She has returned to England from the trenches with a convoy of severely wounded men. One of her patients is a burned pilot who insists on having his wife’s picture pinned to his tunic at all times. While passing through a busy London train station Bess witnesses an emotional farewell between an officer and a woman who seems familiar. Bess knows beyond a doubt that the woman at the station is the wife of the pilot in her care. When she returns to France Bess sees a newspaper

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

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Rated by Jane R.
Apr 5, 2011

This well-crafted mystery is the first in the Ian Rutledge series. Set in England following the devastation of World War I, Rutledge is a returning veteran trying to pick up the pieces of his sanity and his career with Scotland Yard. A prominent citizen of a Warwickshire village has been found brutally murdered in a field near his home. Rutledge is sent by his nemesis to “try and solve” this high profile crime. Rutledge works methodically and discovers several people with motives; among them is the young ward of the victim, her fiancé, a shell-shocked vet who thinks he’s still in the war, and

Maisie Dobbs

By Jacqueline Winspear
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Rated by Katie S.
Jun 3, 2015

Maisie Dobbs' first case as a private detective is not what she expected nor wanted. But in the spring of 1929 in her new London office her first client walks through her door and asks for her assistance with a love triangle. Maisie, who was born into a working class family, is aware of her status and sex and is trying to make her mark in the detective world and so takes on the case as professionally as she possibly can. She has an inherent intuition about people and situations as well as a skill for attention to detail which she honed through years of reading, attending university and finally

Feb 11, 2016

Zebulon Finch, known as "the Black Hand," is a seventeen-year-old gangster operating on the streets of 19th-century Chicago, dealing death and visiting whorehouses. His lifestyle earns him a bullet in the back of the head and a one-way trip to the bottom of Lake Michigan. Only Finch does not die. His ability to move, think, and speak stays, but his body is slowly decomposing. Think Warm Bodies, but with not as nice a protagonist. With no clue why this has happened, Finch sets off on a long journey in search of... what? Love? Atonement?


Through the rotting eyes of his leading man, Kraus

May 29, 2012

Jozef Vinich was born in Colorado in 1899 to Slovak immigrants.  Following the tragic death of his mother, Jozef traveled with his father to Pennsylvania and then back to an impoverished shepherd’s life in rural Austria-Hungary.  When war comes Jozef enters the army where his sharpshooter skills soon become evident.  He battles the elements and the enemy in this war to end all wars.  The book, loosely based on the author’s ancestors, is filled with historical detail absent from many war novels.  This is a tale of family heartbreak, love, loss and survival, and graphically shows the personal

Mar 22, 2012

With the 100 year anniversary of World War I approaching, examination of this sometimes little understood event may well become a popular topic of study for the everyday reader.  Adam Hochschild’s To End All Wars is an excellent start if one would like to broaden understanding of the war that was often glossed over in our American history studies.   

His chronicling of the war’s history in Great Britain might be a new revelation. The upper class privilege and cavalier attitude to the horrors and senselessness of the war, contrasted with the sacrifice, then disillusionment of the everyday man

Wings of Fire by Charles Todd

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Rated by Jane R.
Jun 1, 2011

This second in Todd’s Ian Rutledge mystery series, finds the Scotland Yard inspector investigating two apparent suicides and one accidental death of three siblings. The family and people of the Cornish village are satisfied with the coroner’s verdicts regarding the deaths and do not welcome Rutledge in their midst. However, a cousin of those who died wants to know more about what happened and why. Rutledge, a still recovering World War I veteran, has the continuous guidance of Hamish, the Scot he unwillingly executed on the battlefield. Rutledge soon becomes suspicious of three previous deaths