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Preview — An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford #2)
“Todd’s novels are known for compelling plotting with a thoughtful whodunit aspect, rich characterization, evocative prose, and haunting atmosphere.”
“Readers who can’t get enough of [Jacqueline Winspear’s] Maisie Dobbs…are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.”
—New York Times Book Review
To great critical acclaim, author Charles T...more
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 sen ...more
Among the intriguing continuing bits in the series are the references to the Crawford family's time spent in India. Please take Bess back there in a future book. Her father's ...more
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" i ...more
After delivering the patients to the clinic, she is given leave and at a train station sees a woman bidding a tearful goodbye to a soldier going to the front. When the woman turns, Bess realizes that it is Marjorie Evanson, the pilot's wife. Bess feels badly that the pilot i ...more
WWI battlefield nurse Bess Crawford cared for a badly burned young pilot who had a picture of his wife visibly displayed. In a train station traveling on leave back to London, Bess happens to see the wife who is clearly upset as she sees off a different soldier. Although somewhat perplexed by the scene, it is nothing to the shock Bess feels when ...more
What I am finished with is the heroine of this series. She is pushy. She disregards the needs and concerns of others. She is always talking about how important the truth is above all else. Not true. Most import ...more
I'm also curious as to what might happen between Bess and Simon...it's a possibility. In the meantime, it's interesting to watch Bess detect wit ...more
Bess Crawford, a nurse in the WW I front in France, has returned to England accompanying an aircraft pilot who crashed in France and is terribly burned. During his terrible ordeal, he has held on to a photo of his pretty young wife. His deep love for her has given him hope and the strength to keep on living during his long covalence and he is eager to be reunited with her. Right after delivering the pilot to long-term care back in England, Bess is waiting at the train station to go home when she ...more
Bess is a nurse in the Great War, serving on the front in France. However, she seems to be on live an inordinate amount of time, allowing her time to investigate the murder that almost consumes her thoughts. In her investigation, she becomes embroiled in a web o ...more
Conundrum now - Library doesn't have the next one in right now - do I spend the money on Kindle? I'm far enuf in that I must go from one to the next from this point on OR OR OR do I read another o the 9 books I just checked out of the library the other day and BE PATIENT!?
I do have the newest Sue Mille THE ARSONIST, a Barbara Taylor Bradford-second in series or another author i like.
BUT I also have the next Bess Carwford Myster after the one I couldn't find ...more
There were still a lot of side-effect-of-war issues discussed in this book, and I really like this series for the smart, thoughtful, and serious way in which those issues are integrated into the stories. In this mystery, though, I felt that the authors didn't do as neat of a job of makin ...more