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An Impartial Witness I didn t like it, but i didn t hate it either, so I didn t feel able to give it a single star.For me, the problem with this book is that I just didn t care I didn t like any of the characters to the extent that they re even developed , and I didn t care abut the plot, which had nothing new to offer Bess is an arrogant brat her interference is explained to the reader as an over developed sense of duty blamed on her military father , but for me it just comes across as arrogance Bess must investigate again and prevent the conviction of an innocent man because apparently no one else such as the police is going to do anything about it After all, there s a war on, you know.That being said, I don t think comparisons of this series to Winspear s Maisie Dobbs series are quite fair The Maisie Dobbs series and the apparently under appreciated Jade del Cameron series by Suzanne Arruda takes place after the war, not during it If anything, Bess as an interfering amateur is like Miss Marpl I like this series, review lost in Shelfari Import It Is Early Summer 1917 Bess Crawford Has Returned To England From The Trenches Of France With A Convoy Of Severely Wounded Men One Of Her Patients Is A Young Pilot Who Has Been Burned Beyond Recognition, And Who Clings To Life And The Photo Of His Wife Pinned To His Tunic.While Passing Through A London Train Station, Bess Notices A Woman Bidding An Emotional Farewell To An Officer, Her Grief Heart Wrenching And Then Bess Realizes That She Seems Familiar In Fact, She S The Woman In The Pilot S Photo, But The Man She Is Seeing Off Is Not Her Husband.Back On Duty In France, Bess Discovers A Newspaper With A Drawing Of The Woman S Face On The Front Page Accompanying The Drawing Is A Plea From Scotland Yard Seeking Information From Anyone Who Has Seen Her For It Appears That The Woman Was Murdered On The Very Day Bess Encountered Her At The Station.Granted Leave To Speak With Scotland Yard, Bess Becomes Entangled In The Case Though An Arrest Is Made, She Must Delve Into The Depths Of Her Very Soul To Decide If The Police Will Hang An Innocent Man Or A Vicious Killer Exposing The Truth Is Dangerous And Will Put Her Own Life On The Line. An Impartial Witness3.5 StarsCombat nurse Bess Crawford accompanies a convoy of wounded men home to England While passing through a train station on her return to the front, she observes a young woman bidding a tearful farewell to a soldier and recognizes her as the wife of one of her patients When the woman is later found murdered, Bess feels compelled to contact Scotland Yard and finds herself drawn into a convoluted case that may just end in the execution of an innocent man.Although the pacing is slower that the first book and the villain is a little too obvious, the story is satisfying overall and the WWI setting is wonderful.Bess is an amateur sleuth with a penchant for asking meddlesome questions and being an all round busybody reminiscent of Agatha Christie s Miss Marple One cannot help but identify with her need to seek justice for those who cannot do so themselves That said, there are moments in which she could be modern and forthright in her reactions to people as there are certainly characters in this book who could do with a good slap The mystery isn t the strongest and the culprit and motive are easily determined once the facts of the case begin piling up Nevertheless, Todd is very successful at capturing the social nuances of the times in terms of the small town hypocrisy and tendency toward jumping to conclusions as well as the condescending attitudes toward women.Rosalyn Landor is a talented narrator an I ve been on a historical ish kick for the past few weeks and every non historical book hasn t clicked the best with me But now, I feel as if I can go back to contemporary books This book was a very good sopho in what seems to be an excellent series.I loved the MC, Bess, she was everything I look for in a MC I also liked that the author s featured of Simon in this book He s extremely mysterious and I d love to learn about him Her parents were also wonderful They gave her so much liberty for the timeperiod she was in it was refreshing.The mystery was excell I started Maisie Dobbs, but the library I m at the most doesn t have the second book I remembered that Jess had recommended the Bess Crawford books recently, so I picked up the first one.In general, I like historical mysteries, so these two had that going for them from the beginning Also, I ve been a bit passionate about WWI since high school, when we read the war poets The Bess Crawford books, so far, take place during the war rather than after it as with Maisie Dobbs This fact adds a sense of tension In traditional mysteries, the detective saves one or innocent suspects from wrongful accusation Here, Bess might save them, but if they re in the Army, they ll be going back to France There are no guarantees that anyone will survive There are no guarantees that witnesses will still be alive when they re called on to give their testimony.Although I want to evaluate each series on its own merits, it s almost impossible not to compare them So far, I think I m liking Bess a bit I m reading Birds of a Feather, the second Maisie D Actually about a 3.5. I ve been reading a fair amount about World War I in the past several months, everything from All Quiet on the Western Front to John Keegan s The First World War which I m finding slow going and haven t finished yet I ve also watched some films such as A Farewell to Arms with Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes and Passchendaele, and of course I ve continued to read some of the mysteries set in WWI and its aftermath, by authors such as Jacqueline Winspear, Carola Dunn, Anne Perry, and not least, the mother son team known as Charles Todd I ve continued to read their Inspector Rutledge series although I m getting a bit tired of Hamish but I find myself really looking forward to the next entry in their new Bess Crawford series Bess, a Colonel s daughter, is a nurse in France for the British Army Since one of the few World War I veterans I ve knowingly m An Impartial Witness is the sequel to A duty to the Dead and I was eager to read this book since this series has become a favorite of mine It s the early summer of 1917 and Bess Crawford is returning home from the trenches of France with a convoy of wounded men One of the patients is Lt Meriwether Evanson, a pilot who has been burned beyond recognition and he clings to life much thanks to his wife Marjorie whose picture he has pinned to his tunic But Bess notices a woman on a London train station that is bidding farewell to an officer and she recognizes the women It s the pilots wife But the man isn t her husband She then discovers back on duty in France that the woman has been murdered and Scotland Yard is asking for information from anyone that saw her that day.Bess informs the police about what she knows, but it s not enough information since she can describe the man the woman was with, but she doesn t know who he is and soon she starts her own inquiry to learn who killed Marjorie But it s a frustrating case, and it seems that the killer may be getting away with murder and send an innocent man to the gallows.I felt that this book was not as engrossing to read as the first book I think Bess and I are going to have to part ways Mysteries were my first love starting with Nancy Drew then the Grande Dame of all, Agatha Christie, as well as Patricia Wentworth and than a few American mystery writers Elizabeth Peters, Margaret Maron, Louise Penny, Martha Grimes and the list goes on.Unlike some contemporary fiction, with a mystery you have a beginning, a middle and an end as well as a resolution where justice is served With Bess and her benign tolerance for victims and evil doers alike I am missing the necessary outrage that murder is wrong, that the

About the Author: Charles Todd

Charles Todd is the pen name used by the mother and son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd Together they write the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford Series They have published two standalone mystery novels and many short stories.

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