Nursing a Grudge by Nancy Sackett, Fiction Librarian

Welcome to Library Connect.  Since January 2015 Library Connect has been a place on our website www.lewistownlibrary.org for our “E” library users to have a chance to get acquainted with their librarians.  It is also where they can get reader advisories and information directly from the library staff.  Each week a different staff member would blog about something of interest to themselves and hopefully also to our “E” patrons.  The only thing that might have changed faster than the technology of this digital world is the makeup of the Lewistown Public Library staff.  We have many new faces here at the LPL and everyone is blogging but the Library Connect site doesn’t “show” that change as yet so please stay tuned.  Another feature as I understood it of the blog was patrons could choose to get my blog or not in their email.  I’m only writing to the wonderful, astute readers who share my taste in reading material and chose to receive my blog in their email.  ALL OTHERS SHOULD STOP READING NOW!  You know who you are so put down the newspaper.
     The books I enjoyed this month are all about nurses solving mysteries.  Charles Todd writes about Bess Crawford a British nurse in France during WWI.  Bess recognized a woman at the train station from seeing a photograph belonging to one of her patients.  When she hears that woman was murdered she feels compelled to tell the police about seeing her at the station.  It’s just the beginning to a very complicated grudge filled case that Bess helps to solve in the bookAn Impartial Witness by Charles Todd.  Maisie Dobbs written by Jacqueline Winspear is also a British nurse in WWI who after the war becomes an Investigator even as events in the war still haunt her.  Another nurse in France during WWI is from Australia searching for her young brother who left Australia to be a soldier in the book In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl.  Along with the mystery solving the nurses also relate and reflect on the harrowing conditions a war nurse must work.
     An actual scandal involving someone who would turn out to be a best selling mystery writer is the subject of the book Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century written by Peter Graham.  It is well worth reading and then I suggest you try one of her books.  The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry is the one I read.  In it you meet William Monk a policeman in Victorian London.  He has been in a carriage accident and doesn’t remember anything about himself plus he is trying to solve a murder of a nobleman.  He doesn’t know but he feels that his boss also has a grudge against him and wants him to fail finding the murderer.  Hester Latterly a nurse just back from the Crimean War might be able to help Monk.
     The LPL just received the first season of Outlander on DVD.  I watched it and now I’m off on my next nurse novel about Claire Randall a British combat nurse in WWII from the bookOutlanderby Diana Gabaldon.  Nurses make for great reading but beware the grudge.