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An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford #2)

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“Todd’s novels are known for compelling plotting with a thoughtful whodunit aspect, rich characterization, evocative prose, and haunting atmosphere.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“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
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Paperback, Large Print, 504 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by HarperLuxe
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Dennis Fischman I think you could read this one without having read the previous book. Nothing in the plot depends on previous events, and Todd reintroduces the…moreI think you could read this one without having read the previous book. Nothing in the plot depends on previous events, and Todd reintroduces the characters and settings smoothly.(less)
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Nell
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm having a little trouble with the conceit of this series. A young woman goes around asking questions that are none of her business of people, who are sometimes hostile to the investigation, who answer those questions even against their own interests. I don't recall that other mystery series I read centered around amateur sleuths have protagonists who are quite this confrontational. And it seems odd to me that in World War I, when supplies, especially petrol, would have been in short supply, t ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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 sta
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Vintage
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 more 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
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Lauren
An Impartial Witness
3.5 Stars

Combat 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 pac
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Linda
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series, review lost in Shelfari Import
Maureen E
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 sen
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Jonathan
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-05-16
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 sophomore 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 more of Simon in this book. He's extremely mysterious and I'd love to learn more about him! Her parents were also wonderful. They gave her so
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Actually about a 3.5.
Nikki
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, th ...more
Jane
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one so much better than the first one - glad I went ahead and read it after my disappointment with the beginning of the series. With this story she sees a woman on a train platform crying and despondent while talking to a man that is not her husband. Bess knows this for she has been nursing the husband through injuries suffered in WWI. When the woman is murdered Bess does her duty and goes to the police to report what she's seen. I do find the reasons she gets involved in the invest ...more
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Charles Todd is the pen name used by a mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd.
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Bess Crawford (10 books)
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  • A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford, #3)
  • An Unmarked Grave (Bess Crawford, #4)
  • A Question of Honor (Bess Crawford, #5)
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