A Question of Honor is the 5th in the Bess Crawford mystery series. I have not read the other 4 but will be quickly seeking them out. Bess is a young nurse at the French front during World War 1. Raised in India, Ms. Crawford believes that she recognizes a soldier in the hospital who is wanted for five murders. The recognition of the man opens up old wounds for Bess.
At the time of his disappearance Lt. Wade was under Bess's father's command. His disappearance left a stain on the Colonel's regiment and Bess is determined to clear her father's name and solve the mystery of what happened to the Lt. and was he the one responsible for the murders.
What I really enjoyed about the book was how it took the reader from India to Britain and the French front. Intertwined in the mystery was the fate of other British children who were sent home from India to be raised in a foster home in Britain. The couple who are one of the five victims were less than altruistic in the children they fostered.
Bess enlists the help of Simon Brandon, a former sergeant in her father's regiment and her mother as she travels the British countryside attempting to solve the mystery. Her time off from the French war front is spent trying to erase this blemish on her father's regiment.
This is a great story that takes readers to the heart of the trenches of WW 1 in France and the fear and stamina both the medical teams and soldiers endured to the British countryside and India. The reader is left guessing at to the fate of both Lt. Wade and who murdered his parents along with a British couple.
Cooking is one of my passions in life. Enjoying good food, pastries, chocolate and everything the French have to savor is my other. This should come as a surprise given my father chose my name after reading The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
I am a voracious reader and collector of cookbooks. Little did I know that all my grade school French lessons would come in handy one day.