Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Book Time with Bess Crawford - a Charles Todd Readalong

I'm signing up for Book Time with Bess Crawford, a read along of the new Charles Todd mystery series set in Edwardian England during World War 1.  The lead character, Bess Crawford, is a nursing sister - a volunteer nurse - who is based in France for part of the War.  She had spent much of her early years in India as her father is the well respected Colonel Crawford. 

If you're fond of mysteries and the time period (think Downton Abbey), you'll probably enjoy the series as well.  

In fact, the New York Times published an article a few months ago that mentioned the ways in which  publishers have met the strong popularity of Downton Abbey with an upsurge of books of similar period of Edwardian England and style.   The latest Bess Crawford mystery, A Bitter Truth is among the books recommended.

Here's the full list:

Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison
What the Butler Winked At by Eric Horne
Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd
Into the Silence by Wade Davis
The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy by David Cannadine

This read along is set up by Book Club Girl and follows this schedule:

March 26th - A Duty to the Dead discussion
April 30th
- An Impartial Witness discussion

May 1stA Bitter Truth paperback goes on sale
May 29th
A Bitter Truth discussion (May 28th is Memorial Day)
June 5th - An Unmarked Grave – the new hardcover goes on sale
June 25th
An Unmarked Grave discussion
June 28th
Book Club Girl on Air Show with Charles Todd to Discuss the Entire Series

If you'd like to learn more or want to sign up, head over to Book Club Girl's blog. 

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