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An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd
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Jan 02, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

I haven't read a good mystery in a long time. For a change I picked this book as one of my Amazon Vine selections. This is the second of the author's new series. The amateur sleuth here is Bess Crawford. Bess is a very compassionate nurse who works very close to the front lines during WWI. One of the soldiers she was treating held his wife's photo near him at all times. When Bess is on leave she witnesses this soldiers wife very upset in what seems to be a compromising position. When the soldiers wife ends up being murdered that exact day Bess sets out to figure out what happened to her.

I was a little worried that by first reading the second of the series that I'd be lost. That wasn't the case. You should be able to pick this up and get to know Bess just like if you had read the first of this series.

The mystery here isn't too difficult to figure out, but that didn't bother me. I enjoyed following Bess' journey and wondering just how she would figure out who had done it. This book reminds a little of a grown-up Nancy Drew type mystery or a cozy mystery. There's really no explicit language or compromising positions here, which was nice for a change.

One of the only things I wished for in the storyline was for more details of how and why the victim and her attackers relationship started. I felt like I just needed to know this to understand the victims emotions when Bess saw her before she was murdered. I didn't think the reasons given where really developed enough.

Overall, I'd give this one a 4.5 as I rather enjoyed it. It's not a brainteaser or spine-tingler at all just a good relaxing mystery to set down with for tea

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