Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd, New in Bookstores during August 2016

Today's featured new hardcover mystery, suspense, or thriller title scheduled to be published during August 2016 is …

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd, a Bess Crawford Mystery (8th in series)

Publisher: William Morrow

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd, Amazon Kindle format

At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher-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 German.

When 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 1870, 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.

The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd

For a list of more new hardcover titles to be published this month, visit our New Mysteries page for August 2016. For new paperback titles, visit The Mystery Bookshelf where a selection of August 2016 mysteries, novels of suspense, and thrillers are shelved.

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