The Shattered Tree World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier s background and uncover his true loyalties in this thrilling and atmospheric entry in the bestse

  • Title: The Shattered Tree
  • Author: Charles Todd
  • ISBN: 9780062386274
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
  • World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier s background and uncover his true loyalties in this thrilling and atmospheric entry in the bestselling vivid period mystery series New York Times Book Review.At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher bearers find an exhausted officer, shiverinWorld War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier s background and uncover his true loyalties in this thrilling and atmospheric entry in the bestselling vivid period mystery series New York Times Book Review.At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher bearers find an exhausted officer, shivering with cold and a loss of blood from several wounds The soldier is brought to battlefield nurse Bess Crawford s aid station, where she stabilizes him and treats his injuries before he is sent to a rear hospital The odd thing is, the officer isn t British he s French But in a moment of anger and stress, he shouts at Bess in German.When Bess reports the incident to Matron, her superior offers a ready explanation The soldier is from Alsace Lorraine, a province in the west where the tenuous border between France and Germany has continually shifted through history, most recently in the Franco Prussian War of 1870, won by the Germans But is the wounded man Alsatian And if he is, on which side of the war do his sympathies really lie Of course, Matron could be right, but Bess remains uneasy and unconvinced If he was a French soldier, what was he doing so far from his own lines and so close to where the Germans are putting up a fierce, last ditch fight When the French officer disappears in Paris, it s up to Bess a soldier s daughter as well as a nurse to find out why, even at the risk of her own life.

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    2 thoughts on “The Shattered Tree

    1. The plot is very complicated, sometimes too much so. Keeping all the characters straight was a chore, and I don't read crime fiction for the challenge. For me, the best part of the story is the relentless persistence of nurse Bess Crawford as she involves herself in something only vaguely related to her proper business and simply won't let go. That said, the help she receives from a large cast of supporting characters is not quite believable.

    2. I like Bess Crawford. She’s a good character to read about and I like the time-period that her mysteries are set in - WWI. The way that the authors write (Charles Todd is a pen name) can really make you feel the atmosphere of the war and its impact and the events that Bess goes through. I enjoyed the first book in the series, but as it went on, some of the books were hit and miss, and unfortunately this one was a miss for me.I really wanted to like Bess in “The Shattered Tree” but she was [...]

    3. I read A Pattern of Lies (the book before this one) last year and loved the book. So I was in seventh heaven when I got approved for this one. I have read most of the books in this series since I read A Pattern of Lies and I quite enjoy both the stories and the book's characters. Bess Crawford is a wonderful character, strong and competent and I'm so happy that the doesn't spend her time romanticizing about some guy. (I do wish however that she and Sergeant Lassiter would get a bitoser)Anyway, t [...]

    4. I'm a big fan of the Bess Crawford series, and always eagerly await the release of each new installment. That said, some books are definitely better than others. This one falls somewhere in the middle; not among my favourites of the series, but not the weakest either. In this book Bess finds herself convalescing in Paris, and while there takes it upon herself to solve a mystery connected to a French solider who had passed through her aid station prior to her being wounded. The mystery was intere [...]

    5. Rumors abound through the trenches, aid stations, and hospitals that war would soon be over after 4 long years. Bess Crawford was shot by a sniper and is sent to Paris to finish her recovery. At the aid stations had questions about on one of the soldiers' nationality and she caught a glimpse of him on a Paris street. Bess begins looking into the soldier's background. Locating his village Bess found a story that goes back to his childhood. It is one of greed, betrayal, hate and Mother's. You will [...]

    6. A thoroughly enjoyable mystery. Bess Crawford finds herself in situations where there is a lingering question. And then she goes down many different roads to try and find answers.In The Shattered Tree, Bess is recovering from an injury much of the novel. She has little rest though as she seeks out answers.This novel included period details from WWI that added to the story.The Bess Crawford series is recommended for fans of clean historical mysteries.

    7. "He crawled as far as the shattered tree and lay there, faint from the effort. But he knew he had to keep moving. When he stopped, when the sweat dried on his skin, he'd begin to shiver again, wracking his body until his teeth chattered. There wasn't enough left of his uniform to keep his warm, and his captors, God help them, had taken his boots. Good English leather. He'd stolen them himself from a corpse. He grimaced, afraid to look at his torn feet. He'd lost too much blood from other wounds. [...]

    8. 3.5 stars and not 4 because I felt some of the characters around Bess were not fully realized this time. I kept getting the two British officers mixed up in the convalescent hospital where she stays in Paris after being wounded because they just seemed to be the same characters. And while I like the Charles Barkley character and it was fun to have him back, he seemed merely a male escort for Bess so she could get around Paris to sleuth and also someone with whom she could discuss the case. Fortu [...]

    9. The Shattered Tree (Bess Crawford #8)Charles ToddThis is the first book I have read in the Bess Crawford series, although I have read 5 in the Ian Rutledge series, also by Charles Todd.The setting for this book is WWI Europe, mainly France, where Sister Crawford is a battlefield nurse and amateur detective. So the setting and time-frame is similar to the Ian Rutledge series. And so is much of the dialog, manners, and dogged perseverance. I wish there was a little more difference; this seemed lik [...]

    10. WWI MysteryGood read. Historical fiction with a plucky main character. A good mystery with a good solve at the end. It takes place during WWI and provides a look at a time that few people know much about. It gives one a feel for the proprieties of the time and the exhaustion of this war.

    11. Wonderful dry humor and heart pounding wartime drama fill this page-turning atmospheric mystery.Not having read the previous book in this series, I was able to follow the plot without difficulty.I found the characters to be well developed and fascinating. An accomplished portrait of the times in Paris. I will return and read more by these authors.Even after leaving the intense, danger filled trenches at the war front, the emotional, on edge feelings do not lessen. Bess seems unable to leave her [...]

    12. I'll admit. This was the first book in this series I read. I was fairly confused as to the plot at first, but picked it up down the line.Sister Crawford - a medical nun in the military during 1918 whose dad is a famous person or something - spends this entire book looking for one person she helped who was under a tree or something. That's the only connection I could find to the title anyways.The first half of the book I honestly hated. The second half was alright. It kept my attention long enoug [...]

    13. Don't know why I never wrote about this book. I have actually read it. The title for me represents the soldier just off the battlefield, worn, ragged, damaged. but standing tall. This has nothing to do with the actual storyAs in most Charles Todd books, what I remember is loss and searching. No brilliant satisfaction, but the grim determination to get to the bottom of the mystery. CT always an engaging read.

    14. Charles Todd's Bess Crawford series, featuring a WW I nurse, is first-rate and I read each book as it is released with great enthusiasm. However. It is now late October of 1918 in the story's timeline and Bess' career cannot be expected to go on much longer. Will Todd be able to move Bess from wartime to peacetime gracefully? Will he even try? On the edge of my seat waiting to find out.

    15. Bess is hot on the trail of a former patient that she thinks is a spy. Though I am a fan of this series, I felt this particular title was weak.I read this DARC courtesy of Harper Collins and Edelweiss. Pub date 08/30/16

    16. I think I've figured out why these Bess Crawford novels seem a little pushed to me. In the Ian Rutledge novels, he is an Inspector; he has reason to be nosing into crimes. Bess just feels pushy to me, getting involved in other people's lives often when they don't want her to. And dragging her father and mother and Simon and anyone else she latched onto into the fray. I enjoy the Maisie Dobbs books so much more because she is asked to solve the mystery solved, it's her job. Bess gets all sorts of [...]

    17. I have really enjoyed many of the Bess Crawford mysteries. I had trouble getting into this one but I won it in the giveaway and promised an honest review.The story was promising as it began. There are so many side stories that seemed to be going nowhere that I became impatient, looking at the page number I was on and thinking, "C'mon I should be into this by now." I set it aside many times. Around page 100 or so there was finally some action and the story became more focused. I wanted to finish [...]

    18. I’ve enjoyed most in this series but this one was a real slog, unfortunately. Not enough frontline action, and not nearly enough Simon. I couldn’t figure out why Bess cared so much about whatever it was she was trying to solve.

    19. I love the Bess Crawford series by Charles Todd. This book did not disappoint! Bess is a WW1 British army nurse who finds herself involved in solving mysteries and putting things to rights for victims and their loved ones.

    20. This is another excellent mystery by the Charles Todd duo. In this story Bess Crawford has herself been wounded by a sniper after helping a injured soldier found near the shattered tree of the title. The man is a bit of a mystery, both in the languages he speaks and the uniforms he wears. A “no man” found in no man’s land.While recovering from her own wound, Bess is sent to Paris where she see this man again, now in an American uniform. Caught up in the affairs of a nun, who claims to know [...]

    21. This was disappointing. I liked the setting in WWI but the 'mystery' seemed tenuous at best and too convoluted. If this hadn't been an audio book for my commute I likely would have stopped reading.

    22. In the Number 8 book in the Bess Crawford (British nurse during World War I) series, Bess spends less time at the front, or in British hospitals, than previous books. Bess is back to solving mysteries, but now she spends most of her time in Paris. As usual, the authors have done a great job of researching what everyday life was like during the war. In this book we explore what the citizens of France are enduring. It is very helpful that Bess is fluent in French. One can't help but wonder what wi [...]

    23. It was really exciting to receive this book. Charles Todd is one of my favorite authors. As always I was not disappointed. If you've never read a Charles Todd book you're in for a real treat. Bess Crawford is a battlefield nurse serving in France during World War I. A soldier is brought to her for help with his injuries. She discovers that he is not British, he's French. But in a moment of rage he shouts out in German. From there the mystery unfolds. The mysterious officer disappears and it's up [...]

    24. Bess Crawford is back on the front lines in the waning days of WWI. She cares for a mysterious wounded soldier, wearing a French uniform but speaking fluent German. Then, she's injured by a sniper's bullet and is sent to Paris to recover. She crossed paths with the soldier in Paris and he appears to be involved in a complicated mess involving espionage and an 18 year old murder. Bess takes it upon herself to untangle all of the strings, which puts herself and others, in danger's way. This was a [...]

    25. The books in this series move somewhat slowly, are pretty detailed, and and because of that, it can take a while to see the pieces start to fall into place before the conclusion. For the most part, I don't mind that, because the writing is good, and the story is enjoyable, but sometimes the story lags a bit for me, hence the four stars and not five. I have really enjoyed this series, and I am a bit sad that there is only one book left after this one.

    26. A satisfying summer read. As a fan of historical fiction (but always the WWI era fiction), I found this book a fun, breezy read. The main character is a British nurse serving in France who gets herself into all kinds of mystery and trouble. She is self-suffienct, intelligent, and connected, which help her get out of her jams and solve the puzzles. This was the eighth in a series, but I found I could read it as a stand-alone book without any problems. I recommend this to mystery and history fans [...]

    27. "The Shattered Tree" the eighth book in the thrilling historical "Beth Crawford" mystery series is set in 1918 France with an increase in fighting as the war draws to a close. Working as a nurse at an aid station not far from Rouen she overhears an injured French Officer discovered at the base of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire speaking fluent German in a fit of anger. Intrigued and curious about his ethnicity, after she's wounded by a sniper's bullet and sent to Paris to convalesce Bet [...]

    28. First Sentence: He crawled as far as the shattered tree and lay there, faint from the effort.WWI field nurse Bess Crawford treats a soldier brought in with severe laceration to his feet, blood loss and exhaustion. Although he claims to be French, Bess wonders whether he is, in fact, German, but he’s transferred to a hospital in Paris before she can investigate further. When Bess is wounded, she is also sent to Paris to recuperate, but she is also determined to find out the truth about the sold [...]

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