Friday, September 5, 2014

An Unwilling Accomplice

An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford #6)
By Charles Todd
William Morrow, 2014. 337 pages. Mystery.

Nurse Bess Crawford comes home for a brief leave from the front lines in France, only to learn that a strange soldier has requested her to be his aide in visiting the King to receive a reward for gallantry. But as soon as the ceremony is over, the soldier disappears and Bess is left to take the blame. Determined to clear her record, Bess and family friend Simon Brandon take to the English countryside in search of the truant soldier.

For me, Todd's Bess Crawford series is the best of all worlds. It is set in WWI/postwar England, which is a really fascinating time period, but isn't as mind-numbingly depressing as other WWI mystery series can end up being. Bess is an interesting character that is easy to relate to and Todd provides a good mix of action and history in the plot.


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