An Impartial Witness

Todd, Charles

Large Print - 2010
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An Impartial Witness
Baker & Taylor
Nurse Bess Crawford finds herself involved in the search for a devious and dangerous killer in 1917 London after a woman she recognized from a wounded soldier's photo is found murdered.


“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 Todd introduced protagonist Bess Crawford in A Duty to the Dead. The dedicated World War I nurse returns in An Impartial Witness, and finds herself in grave peril when a moral obligation makes her the inadvertent target of a killer. As hauntingly evocative as Todd’s award-winning, New York Times bestselling Ian Rutledge novels, An Impartial Witness transports readers to a dark time of war and involves us in murder, intrigue, and the fascinating affairs of a truly unforgettable cast of characters.

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Nurse Bess Crawford finds herself on the search for a devious and dangerous killer in 1917 London after a woman she recognized from a wounded soldier’s photo is found murdered. (Mystery & detective). Simultaneous.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2010
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed
ISBN: 0062002147
Branch Call Number: LG-PRINT MYSTERY T
Characteristics: 489 p. ; 23 cm.


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Dec 13, 2013
  • zaire189 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great follow up to A Duty to the Dead

Jul 13, 2011
  • BPLNextBestAdults rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you love to read historical mysteries then you might want to try An Impartial witness by Charles Todd.
Todd has two series of mysteries: The Ian Rutledge mysteries and the two Bess Crawford mysteries. The Impartial witness is the second in the Bess Crawford series.
Todd and his mother are the writers for these excellent series.
The tale begins in the early summer of 1917 and Bess Crawford a spunky nursing sister is returning to England with a convoy of wounded soldiers from the French front. One of the patients that she recently cared for was a badly burned pilot who had the picture of his beloved wife near his cot. While Bess was at the Waterloo train station she saw a tearful woman with an officer from the Wiltshire Regiment. He was very cold toward the woman and got on the train to leave for the front. Bess recognizes the face of the woman as the wife of the wounded pilot. She tries to follow the woman through the crowded train station but loses her trail. Two weeks later Bess is back in France and by chance gets a package from home that is wrapped with an old newspaper. One of the stories is about the murder of a woman. This woman, Marjorie Evanson was the wife of the pilot that Bess treated. Scotland Yard is asking anyone to contact them if they saw
Mrs. Marjorie Evanson on the day she was murdered. The rest of this mystery deals with this murder and Bess spends her leaves from the front to try and find the murderer.
An excellent read, with period details about London and the outlying areas. There are lots of twists and turns in this fast-paced plot. Readers will enjoy the outgoing character of this female sleuth.

Jul 04, 2011

An Impartial Witness is a good story but it is not so well written and plotted as the Ian Rutledge series. i was put off by the repetitiveness of the action and the two-dimensional quality of the characters. The Heroine, Bess, and her trusted Protector, Simon, are usually dashing about the countryside in forays for information. This in itself is odd because during WWI petrol must have been scarce. Bess is alternatively courageous and helpless, and Simon is always there to accompany her or arrive at the just the right moment to rescue and comfort her.. Many of the characters are caricatures who have little actual relationship to one another, and the relationship Bess has with her family seems incidental rather than real.
The Ian Rutledge books are very beautifully written. The language itself is a pleasure to read. Yes, the ghost remarks in his head could be tiresome but were mostly helpful in the later books.
This book does rate three stars for being a good story and worth a read.

Feb 09, 2011
  • Palomino rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A new author for me. I'll look for more.

Jan 14, 2011
  • 21288001362991 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Charles Todd is an outstanding find ... a new mystery writer that has captured my attention. I hope that this dynamic writing team continues for many years.


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