A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd audiobook

A Pattern of Lies: A Bess Crawford Mystery

By Charles Todd
Read by Rosalyn Landor

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062386243

The Bess Crawford Mysteries: Book 8

11.06 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“As always, the Todds deftly juggle clues and red herrings, leading Bess and readers on a brisk chase…Their intimate knowledge of rural England and the Great War period inject Bess’ first-person account with a hefty dose of verisimilitude.” Wilmington Star-News (North Carolina)
“The seventh book in an excellent series featuring Bess Crawford.” Contra Costa Times (California)
“Fans of the Crawford series should really enjoy this installment, and anyone who enjoys WWI or between-the-wars mysteries starring resolute women (Maisie Dobbs, for example) should get to know Bess Crawford right away.” Booklist
“Bess’ seventh case does its strong, determined heroine credit.” Kirkus Reviews
“Rosalyn Landor is a sublime choice to narrate this seventh Bess Crawford mystery…Landor captures each character to perfection, including his or her social or military status and emotional range. Landor’s best portrayals are the warm, intelligent, determined Crawford herself and her willing assistant, Sergeant Lassiter, a ‘Kookaburra’—whistling Australian. Listeners will enjoy hearing Crawford use her many contacts to arrive at the truth while also getting a very personal look at the horror of the war.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Charles Todd

Author Bio: Charles Todd

Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd, a mother-and-son writing team who write the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries and the Bess Crawford mysteries, as well as stand-alone novels. Their novel Proof of Guilt was a New York Times bestseller, and A Test of Wills was named one of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year selection. Their novels have won the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, and the Anthony Award, as well as being finalists for several other awards.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 11.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English