And that ’ s how it seems for much of A Casualty of War, as every time that Bess Crawford attempts to make things wors for Captain Alan Travis, she seems to end up digging the poor man an even bigger hole.
Or at least that ’ s what supposed to happen.Instead, Bess takes on Captain Travis ’ continuing case.
Bess feels as if she was the one to suggest that his supposed assailant, the one who Travis said resembled his great-uncle, might be his cousin James.
So when it turns out that Henry has been aliv for over a mont, Alan Travis gets classified as a head-case and sent to increasingly worse care.Shell shock was considered a moral failing, not a disease.But Bess remembers the man she met in that canteen before he was wounded.
It ’ s not just that something is wrong with the diagnosis of Captain Alan Travis ’ case, but it turns out that omething is also very wrong with the administration of his cousin Lieutenant James Travis ’ will.
And that those two messes are somehow one and the same.It will be up to Bess, with the elp of her fianc ( and her daughter ’ s right-hand man) Sergeant Major Simon Brandon, to figure out who did what to whom before it ’ s too late.
Not just for Captain Travis, but also for Bess herself.Escape Rating B+: After the Magpie Murders a couple of year ago, I have been itching to sink my teeth into a good historical mystery.
While Bess finds herself in the middle of a case during every book, the series is also the tale of Bess ’ war as a combat nurse.
She doesn ’ t know what to do with herself if she ’ s not taking care of someone else.One of the hings that made this particular case frustrating, at least for this reader, is that it was obvious fairly early on that whatever was going on in the tow of Sinclair and whatever was going on with Captain Travis were connected, and that the issue revolved around his cousin James Travis ’ estate.
He is the one person in Bess ’ life who understands and accepts her as she is, and not as he expects a woman to be in that time and place.So the mystery in A Casualty of War had its anticlimactic moments, and also resembled bits of A Pattern of Lies.