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An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford Series #6)

An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford Series #6)

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by Charles Todd

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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
bestselling author Charles Todd.

Home on leave, Bess
Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to
Buckingham Palace, where


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
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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Why would a decorated WWI veteran desert just after being honored by the king? That’s the question posed by Agatha-winner Todd’s absorbing sixth Bess Crawford whodunit (after 2013’s A Question of Honor). In the autumn of 1918, Bess, an experienced battlefield nurse, accompanies wounded Sgt. Jason Wilkins to Buckingham Palace, where he receives a medal from George V. After the ceremony, Bess agrees to let Wilkins have some time to himself to entertain friends, a choice she regrets after finding that he has bolted the London hotel where they were both staying. Given two week’s official leave for her perceived negligence, Bess is determined to track Wilkins down and ascertain why he used her in his scheme. The murder of a man in the north of England, with Wilkins the prime suspect, complicates her efforts. As usual, Todd (the mother-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd) effectively depicts the psychological effects of war, though the resolution doesn’t do justice to the opening puzzle. Agent: Jane Chelius, Jane Chelius Literary Agency. (Aug.)
Tampa Tribune
“With every installment, Bess’ stature as a heroine to cherish soars.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Todd’s novels are known for compelling plotting with a thoughtful whodunit aspect, rich characterization, evocative prose, and haunting atmosphere.”
Stephanie Laurens
“Well-rounded, believable characters, a mutilayered plot solidly based on human nature, all authentically set in the England of 1917, make A Bitter Truth an outstanding and riveting read.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Praise for the Ian Rutledge series: “I love series that follow particular characters over time and through their experiences, so I automatically read the latest installments from ... Charles Todd.”
Washington Times
‘Todd has a sharp eye for scene and character, and he surrounds his leading lady with a lively cast.”
“An Unmarked Grave gives the reader everything they could wish for in a book.”
Booklist on An Impartial Witness
“A smartly plotted, well-told mystery.”
New York Times bestselling author Lee Child on the Ian Rutledge series
“A masterpiece of imagination.”
New York Times Book Review on AN UNMARKED GRAVE
Praise for An Unmarked Grave: “Vivid period mystery series.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch on AN UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE
“An intricate plot populated by superbly drawn characters, not least of whom is the captivating and courageous Bess. With seamless prose, “An Unwilling Accomplice” — like all of Todd’s work — offers a moving portrait of war’s physical and emotional devastation.”
“[AN UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE] truly surprises and takes the series to a whole new level of complexity.”
Iron Mountain Daily News on AN UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE
“With careful attention to such details and a gift for story telling, the Todd team has mastered the art of the historical mystery in the series set in the tragic days of the First World War.” on AN UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE
“Bess is a character with depth and complexity, an army nurse during that awful war, so, like that series, not only intricate mysteries but engrossing historical fiction.’
Library Journal
Is Bess Crawford an accomplice to military desertion and murder? In her sixth outing (after A Question of Honor), the World War I nurse is in trouble with the army and the police, and facing the possibility of being terminated from the nursing service. On leave in London, Bess gets a surprise request to accompany a wounded soldier, Sergeant Wilkins, to a ceremony at Buckingham Palace to receive a medal for bravery from the king. Wilkins is in Bess's charge for the event and through the night. But when morning comes, Wilkins has vanished. Bess, already facing an inquiry into whether she knowingly or through negligence aided a deserter, learns that the soldier has killed a man and again disappeared. With her reputation on the line and a possible murderer on the loose, Bess has no time to waste. VERDICT Todd's mystery is a puzzle that readers will enjoy trying to solve, but lead characters Bess and her friend Simon keep the pages turning. It is also very timely as people will doubtlessly be interested in World War I books since the centennial of the start of the war is this summer. Recommended for fans of cozies, historical fiction mysteries, and strong female sleuths. [See Prepub Alert, 2/10/14.]—Susan Moritz, Silver Spring, MD
Kirkus Reviews
A runaway soldier forces nursing sister Bess Crawford to find a killer and clear her name during World War I.Home from the battlefront on a three-day leave, Bess gets a puzzling assignment. Sgt. Jason Wilkins, a wounded soldier she doesn't know, asks her to push his wheelchair when he receives a medal from King George at Buckingham Palace. Nor can she figure out why Wilkins wants her, instead of an orderly, to attend him afterward. The reasons become clearer when he goes missing: An orderly would have stayed the night in his room, whereas Bess, for delicacy's sake, left him in privacy. Because of her accidental dereliction of duty to Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Services, Bess is given two weeks' leave, which she uses to search for Wilkins. While on his trail, she learns that he's now on the run because he's been accused of murdering a man. Sgt. Maj. Simon Brandon, former personal servant to Bess' father, insists on accompanying her in her quest to learn whether Wilkins is masquerading as a wounded major who tends to wander and shoot at people because he thinks he's escaping from the Germans. Bess isn't sure whether the major is Wilkins, who also had a head wound and was so heavily bandaged—more bandaged than he needed to be—that Bess never got a good look at his face. A third veteran on the loose and the human dramas she encounters along the way add to Bess' challenges in finding Wilkins and absolving herself of unwitting complicity in the murder. Bess' sixth case recycles two motifs from her fifth (A Question of Honor, 2013): confused identity and blighted honor. Despite all the convenient happenstance and all the wounded veterans roaming the English countryside, Bess' courage and determination triumph over all.

Product Details

Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
Bess Crawford Series, #6
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother-son writing team, are the New York Times bestselling authors of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. They live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.

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