An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford Series #6)

An Unwilling Accomplice (Bess Crawford Series #6)

by Charles Todd
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An Unwilling Accomplice 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charles Todd does it again. Sister Crawford, on assignment to escort a patient to receive a medal from the king, is caught in a tangled web when the patient vanishes. She and Simon set off to find the patient when he is a accused of murder. Bess also needs to restore her own reputation when she is implicated as an accessory. This book keeps you guessing to the end!
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The newest entry in the Bess Crawford series follows a familiar path, Bess being a British nurse on the French front during World War I, the daughter of Colonel sahib whose orderly, Simon, is both protector of and participant in her escapades. In this, the sixth novel in the series, Simon and Bess occupy most of the plot as they chase an Army deserter whose disappearance has not only embarrassed her as he escaped from her charge, but nearly cost her her lilywhite reputation and being drummed out of the service. It all begins when Sgt. Wilkins is to receive a hero’s medal from King George and he asks Bess to accompany him to Buckingham Palace pushing his wheelchair. Upon returning to the hotel afterward, he leaves the premises, leaving Bess to take the blame for failing to perform her duty properly. Thus begins a chase in an attempt to salvage her reputation. The plot is really overly complicated, with too many characters. As a result, the reader is forced to follow too many sub-plots and is confused with various characters that contribute little to moving the story forward. The picture of the trenches and the hardships on the Western Front, as in previous entries in the series, are vividly told, but unlike previous novels little is portrayed on the home front
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
The Bess Crawford series provides interesting glimpses into England during WWI, but of course, I prefer the Ian Rutledge series. Bess is a nursing Sister who is stationed primarily in France, but she returns home to England for leave and to solve a mystery, along with Simon Brandon. Simon and Bess act like siblings, and the reader wonders if this relationship will ever develop further. The characters are well developed, but the setting reigns supreme in these novels. The reader can almost smell and fell the English countryside. The plot follows the same pattern in every novel, and Simon's car plays a huge role in the novel, as well as all the inns in which Simon and Bess spend a night. Sometimes the actions seem a little unrealistic, but still an intriguing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow. Not as fast paced as previous books in this series. Still enjoyed it since I am a retired nurse and the WW 1 time frame makes it interesting.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Lots of history and geography, and noble Bess giving it her all and going above and beyond, persevering because that's what she does. But I became geographically confused and would have done well with a map of the villages, and ones of the general areas of each setting. I felt that especially in the Dysoe or Tysoe (spelled both ways) more than I have in the other novels. Bravo authors. You stuck it out to the end.
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Although in spots it seemed a bit draggy and near the end I felt it should "end already" it was a good story, well written, with nicely developed characters. It was reminiscent of Jacquelin Winspears' 'Maisie Dobbs' but with the characters having enough of their own personality traits to make the story theirs - I will definatly keep trying to acquire the others in the series and see how they turn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does move a bit slowly, with sometimes too long dialogue about things tangential to the main thread of the mystery.  Overall, not too bad, but not as good as other Todd mysteries in this and other series.
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BrotherDoc More than 1 year ago
Nurse Bess Crawford is once again mostly far away from France and the trenches in this book. We get the usual pleasing details of WWI-era English life that typify the Charles Todd books. Bess's ally, her father's subaltern, Simon Brandon, plays a larger role here than in earlier installments in this series. Simon has a car (which needs to be cranked to start, as we are reminded virtually every time they drive) and that's good because the story takes them to several obscure parts of the English countryside looking for Bess's charge, a wounded soldier decorated by the King and then disappearing. The twists of plot and rather slow narrative pace, more repetition than necessary, and a somewhat confusing ending, make this one of the less captivating books in the series. But if you enjoy reading the mother-and-son writing team that is Charles Todd, as I do, you will find the book quite satisfactory and right in line with expectations. I'd give it 3.5 stars if that were possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my Nook months ago and still haven't finished it. I have liked the Inspector Rutledge books by Charles Todd; but this Bess Crawford book is slower than slow, almost pointless. The characters lack depth and the plot isn't interesting. Only the English countryside is well written... and that rambles all over England. Quite disappointing.
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dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
When I'm reading a really good book, I want to race though it, but I take out to make it last longer. When I'm reading an exceptional book, time-outs be damned! I'm reading this through ASPS! This is a marvelous immersion into WWI England. The physical and mental realities. It offers the familiar engaging characters with an intriguing bunch of secondary people. Read it. All of them.
joyhawk99 More than 1 year ago
I was a big fan of Bess Crawford books, but the last 2 have been quite disappointing. Lots of travel and searching for a ho-hum solution. The authors need to create more excitement. Perhaps a lover for Bess? I will stick to her Ian Rutledge novels in the meantime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Angst and poor plotting and tedious heroine
bethsci More than 1 year ago
I love both series by Charles Todd. I eagerly await each installment. Each book tells an interesting story set in an historical background. I can't wait for the next one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in Bess in this book. Too many characters, too much driving, too long!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love the Bess Crawford Series by Charles Todd but was very disappointed in this book. Bess is assigned to a young soldier to receive a high medal from the King. She returns him to his hotel room and is told by the soldier that he is meeting friends. Bess has dinner with Simon and finds out the next day that the soldier has disappeared. Bess and Simon drive the country side trying to find him and encounters other characters and soldiers. Too many characters to keep track of and too much driving from place to place. Not the usual writing from this mother and son team. It seems that they got lost in the driving from place to place. Even the ending didn't make sense. Not up to their usual writing..
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