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Death of an Unsung Hero
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Death of an Unsung Hero
By Tessa Arlen
St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 13 Mar 2018
In 1916 little was understood of the nature of ptsd or “shell shock” as it was called. In Death of an Unsung Hero, the plot centers around a group of young officers being treated at a hospital sponsored by the energetic Lady Montfort and administered by her capable friend, Mrs. Jackson. As you might expect, trouble comes in the form of the murder of an amnesiac Captain Bray. It’s all too easy for the police to wish to lay blame on a fellow patient closing the class quickly. Lady Montfort doesn’t believe the situation is so straightforward, and enlists the assistance of Mrs. Jackson to find the real killer. The women have solved crimes before, and this time they have the hospital to protect.
Death of an Unsung Hero is an excellent period mystery, adroitly describing life in Britain during World War I. Both Lady Montfort and Mrs Jackson are strong, capable women, embodying the attitudes of the times. The puzzle is an intriguing one. If you like historical mysteries, Tessa Arlen’s Death of an Unsung Hero is an excellent choice.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Death of an Unsung Hero from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
In 1916, the world is at war and the energetic Lady Montfort has persuaded her husband to offer his family’s dower house to the War Office as an auxiliary hospital for officers recovering from shell-shock with their redoubtable housekeeper Mrs. Jackson contributing to the war effort as the hospital’s quartermaster.
Despite the hospital’s success, the farming community of Haversham, led by the Montfort’s neighbor Sir Winchell Meacham, does not approve of a country-house hospital for men they consider to be cowards. When Captain Sir Evelyn Bray, one of the patients, is found lying face down in the vegetable garden with his head bashed in, both Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson have every reason to fear that the War Office will close their hospital. Once again the two women unite their diverse talents to discover who would have reason to murder a war hero suffering from amnesia.
Brimming with intrigue, Tessa Arlen's Death of an Unsung Hero brings more secrets and more charming descriptions of the English countryside to the wonderful Lady Montfort and Mrs. Jackson series.