The Shattered Tree PDF/EPUB ¶ The Shattered PDF/EPUB


The Shattered Tree ❰Download❯ ➺ The Shattered Tree Author Charles Todd – Thomashillier.co.uk World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier s background and uncover his true loyaltiesAt the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfir World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier s background and uncover his true loyaltiesAt the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher The Shattered PDF/EPUB ² 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 GermanWhen 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 , 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.


10 thoughts on “The Shattered Tree

  1. Ann-Marie Ann-Marie says:

    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 a bit ir 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 a bit irritating and I got frustrated with her She involved herself in things when she didn t have to and wouldn t let go I thought to myself, why Why is she so obsessed with this There were no personal connections or a legitimate reason or even real urgency for her to pursue this mystery, so in the end she was basically just a busybody A young Miss Marple, but without the charm or subtlety.As for the mystery itself, it started out intriguing, but it soon got kinda lost for me with all the traveling around she did, small trivial details, and her stubborn determination to sniff out the clues, no matter the cost She even appeared a little insensitive at times She wasn t the Bess that I ve liked in previous books.Another thing that I ve missed from the previous books were some of my favorite supporting characters, Bess s parents and Sergeant Major Simon Brandon, a close family friend and her sometimes partner in crime I ve always liked Simon and I m still holding out hope that he and Bess will end up together and felt he was sorely missed in this book He had a brief cameo though, and so did Bess s mother, but I neededI feel like Simon s a nice steady and calming presence for Bess, as well as a trusted confidant.Captain Barkley, the American soldier, sort of took Simon s place in The Shattered Tree, being Bess s friend and sounding board when needed Although the two were a bit reticent about sharing everything that they knew with each other, there sto Barkley than meets the eye.So the mystery wasn t that strong for me It took a different path than I thought it would I had imagined something different after first reading what the premise was What I got instead seemed convoluted to me I was also a bit confused when Bess would immediately jump to the right conclusions I was like, how d she make that connection based on the few things that she knew It came across a little too convenient But she got her way and ferreted out the answers and solved the case, one that I still think she didn t have to involve herself in.I wish I could ve enjoyed this book I didn t like it Others might, and from what I ve seen of the ratings here, they do I just never connected with it The series started off so wellmaybe the next one will be better I sure hope so, and withBess and Simon I won this book for free in a Goodreads Giveaway Thank you


  2. Lewis Weinstein Lewis Weinstein says:

    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.


  3. Susanna - Censored by jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Susanna - Censored by jobs-in-kingston.co.uk says:

    Once again her only excuse for investigating is really I m just incurably nosy This may be why I tend to prefer the Ian Rutledge novels by the same author he s a professional and it s his job to solve crimes.Still a reasonably entertaining read for fans of the series.


  4. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede says:

    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 bitcloser Anyw 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 bitcloser Anyway, this book is, to be honest not my favorite in the series I m actually I bit disappointed how weak the story felt compared to A Pattern of Lies I grew a bit frustrated reading the book because the main story about the soldier that may or may not be a german spy just didn t rock my boat It was not totally bad, I just didn t find The Shattered Tree as intriguing and as engrossing to read as I usually do with the books in this series And, I missed Sergeant Lassiter who wasn t even in this book, just mentioned a couple of times Yes I did a search for him after reading 1 3 of the book because I was really looking forward to reading about Bess and him meeting again Now, I don t say that the book was bad because Sergeant Lassiter wasn t in it, rather it just didn t make the situation better So, not my favorite book in the series, still good to read, but I hope the next book in the series will be better I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review


  5. Moonlight Reader Moonlight Reader says:

    Probably a 3.5 in reality Relies a lot on coincidences.


  6. Melissa Melissa says:

    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 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 interesting, although I m not sure how realistic Bess involvement would have been in real life As this series progresses it seems Bess finds herself increasingly caught up in affairs she really should leave to authorities That said, I enjoyed the book overall I did, however, miss the inclusion of minor characters that usually turn up in each book, and wish Simon Brandon hadof a role in this one.3.5 Stars


  7. Anne Anne says:

    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 muchbecause she is asked to solve the mystery solved, it s her job Bess gets all sorts of 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 muchbecause she is asked to solve the mystery solved, it s her job Bess gets all sorts of praise for her nursing abilities but she never seems to do them for very long before legging off into someone s problems All that said rant over they re easy reads and it s comforting to know everything will always work out in the end even though at least one soldier gets hurt on her behalf in every book


  8. Sue Sue says:

    2019 I must have been cranky when I read this the first time, as I really enjoyed the audio version the second time around I didn t have trouble with the characters I thought the mystery was good But I still agree that Bess needsSimon in her life 2016 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 becau 2019 I must have been cranky when I read this the first time, as I really enjoyed the audio version the second time around I didn t have trouble with the characters I thought the mystery was good But I still agree that Bess needsSimon in her life 2016 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 Fortunately Simon Brandon showed up, but very late in the book and only for 24 hours so his bright appearance was brief Bess needsSimon in her life Maybe after the war is over They can sleuth around England together This novel takes place in October 1918 and there were many references to the war winding down, so it seemed a bit of a transition novel to the post war years with her convalescing and no strong battlefield nursing scenes, it was aof a standard mystery without as much tragic battle environment But besides the rather cardboard males surrounding her in this outing, I still like the intrepid Bess


  9. Betty Betty says:

    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 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 be glued to the pages as you follow Bess through the twists and turns of Philippe Moreau s life I highly recommend this book and series


  10. Staci Staci says:

    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.


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