downloadReviewed by Caleb Shadis

A Question of Honor is the 5th book in the Bess Crawford mysteries. In my opinion it is the best one so far. The Charles Todd duo can write an excellent English cozy mystery. I’ve been trying to read each one as it comes out and was very happy to get this one as I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

This one starts by going back into the past about a decade earlier and half a world away in India. Bess is a girl just blooming into a young woman when a letter arrives for an officer’s family in her father’s command. It is not bearing good news. As a matter of fact, it contains the worst news any parent can receive. The officer’s youngest daughter caught a terrible illness shortly after arriving in England and failed to recover. The girls’ father cannot swing leave, so another officer from the unit agreed to escort the girls’ mother back to England.

When the escorting officer returns to India, he falls back into his routine until the military police arrives at the outpost. He rides off to look for his ‘compass’ and never returns. Eventually, some reports surface of a body seen at the bottom of a ravine believed to be the missing man. The story then jumps forward ten years into the middle of the Great War.

Bess is working at an aid station when an Indian man speaking only Pushtu shows up grievously wounded, with a message he feels compelled to pass on. He has seen the Lieutenant who was supposed to be dead all those years ago fighting on the lines.

Bess is more than willing to let it pass as the ramblings of a death clouded mind, until she spots a man with a striking resemblance to the missing Lieutenant. That begins an investigation into the mystery that happened all those years ago and a question of how a perfect gentleman could do something so out of character as the brutal killings he was accused of.

A Question of Honor was an excellent story and it did have a pretty good twist in it. I enjoy reading the books in this series and as I said earlier, this is one of the best ones so far. Definitely worth the read.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.