An Unwilling Accomplice

An Unwilling Accomplice

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"World War I Battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's career is in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch, in this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd. Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he's to be decorated by the King. The next morning when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Both the Army and the nursing service hold Bess negligent for losing the war hero, and there will be an inquiry. Then comes disturbing word from the Shropshire police, complicating the already difficult situation: Wilkins has been spotted, and he's killed a man. If Bess is to save her own reputation, she must find Wilkins and uncover the truth. But the elusive soldier has disappeared again and even the Shropshire police have lost him. Suddenly, the moral implications of what has happened--that a patient in her charge has committed murder--become more important to Bess than her own future. She's going to solve this mysterious puzzle, but righting an injustice and saving her honor may just cost Bess her life" --From publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062237194
Branch Call Number: F TOD NVD
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 16, 2019

I haven't read this book. would like to. There are many more from this author.

Jun 24, 2016

My least favorite Bess Crawford book. Wandering back and forth between villages and talking to the same people over and over. Are they looking for 1 man? 2 or 3? Do I even care very much? I wish Simon would just kiss Bess already.

Jan 07, 2016

Bess is asked by a disabled soldier to accompany him to Buckingham Palace to receive a medal from the King, and shepherd him until the next morning. When he's vanished by morning, she's blamed by both the Army and Nursing Services, her sterling career in jeopardy. True to Bess, she can't have that, and she goes all over England, unwittingly putting herself and others in danger trying to solve the mystery. Loyal protector Simon, of course, helps, and they solve it in the end. As always, great period details in a plot that nearly spins out of control. However, these are character-driven stories, and Bess learns as she goes.

I've had it with this author. The quality of writing has gone down over the years. The clues are repetitive and the plot line is confusing. The final resolution was unsatisfactory and the protagonist is poorly developed, just a grownup "Nancy Drew"

Nov 25, 2014

While reading this book I felt dizzy, pulled in every directions and going nowhere. The plot is so contrived, farfetched and just plain impossible. The more I read the more frustrated I got. I've liked the other books of Charles Todd, the Bess Crawford and Ian Rutledge series, but this one is not in the style the authors have accustomed us to; it's written as if 1: it's from a bad ghost writer or 2: it's a book written in haste to meet the publisher's deadline. I hope that with the next books the author(s) return to the standard of mystery writing that the reader has come to expect from this team.

Oct 22, 2014

A long time fan of these books, I was so disappointed in this latest one. I found it totally confusing and the main characters seemed to spend all their time roaming around villages in the middle of night searching for one man or maybe two - or maybe not. And having picnics.

Sep 21, 2014

Up to the usual Charles Todd standard. Intriguing and at the same time giving a good insight to the conditions both sides of the Channel in World War I.

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