Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS by Charles Todd

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I've read this first book in this new series, A DUTY TO THE DEAD, and now I can hardly wait for this next installment. If you've enjoyed Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs novels, you're sure to like these, too.

Pub. Date: August 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 352pp
Series: Bess Crawford Series, #2
ISBN-13: 9780061791789
ISBN: 0061791784
Description (from the publisher):
World War I nurse Bess Crawford, introduced in A Duty to the Dead, returns in an exciting new mystery in which a murder draws her inexorably into the sights of a cunning killer

It is the early summer of 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 that is 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.


Mary said...

Great cover!

bermudaonion said...

You got me with World War I and France.

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds wonderful. I was not aware of it and did enjoy his last book. Thanks Gwen

Zibilee said...

Hmm, you say these are like the Maisie Dobbs mysteries? I may have to thy them! Thanks!

Tina said...

I just heard about this series yesterday at a library workshop I attended and now I see it here. There is a message - must get started an another series. EEK.

librarypat said...

I have not read A DUTY TO THE DEAD, but from the sound of this book, I need to follow the Bess Crawford Mysteries. WWI isn't a time period we see very often in books which makes it even more appealing.

Thanks for making me aware of these books.