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An Impartial Witness It is early summerBess 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 pinned to his tunicWhile 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 husbandBack 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 stationGranted 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 Actually about a 3.5. I m having a little trouble with the conceit of this series A young woman goes around asking questions that are none of her business of people, who are sometimes hostile to the investigation, who answer those questions even against their own interests I don t recall that other mystery series I read centered around amateur sleuths have protagonists who are quite this confrontational And it seems odd to me that in World War I, when supplies, especially petrol, would have been in short supply, t I m having a little trouble with the conceit of this series A young woman goes around asking questions that are none of her business of people, who are sometimes hostile to the investigation, who answer those questions even against their own interests I don t recall that other mystery series I read centered around amateur sleuths have protagonists who are quite this confrontational And it seems odd to me that in World War I, when supplies, especially petrol, would have been in short supply, that Bess Crawford can go haring around the country in her motorcar seemingly without a second thought And that her parents and her father s retainer, I guess one would call him, disapprove and tut tut but end up going along with whatever Bess wants, and if danger threatens, Simon will just lurk about and be prepared to swoop in to save the day I m predicting that he will end up as the love interest, eventually And that she can barge into Scotland Yard at all hours and buttonhole an inspector to listen to the results of her information gathering and her theories It just doesn t seem credible, no matter how smart Bess is and even if she s right So far which is a few chapters into the second book , I like this author s Ian Rutledge series much An Impartial Witness is the sequel to A duty to the Dead and I was eager to read this book since this series has become a favorite of mine It s the early summer of 1917 and Bess Crawford is returning home from the trenches of France with a convoy of wounded men One of the patients is Lt Meriwether Evanson, a pilot who has been burned beyond recognition and he clings to life much thanks to his wife Marjorie whose picture he has pinned to his tunic But Bess notices a woman on a London train st An Impartial Witness is the sequel to A duty to the Dead and I was eager to read this book since this series has become a favorite of mine It s the early summer of 1917 and Bess Crawford is returning home from the trenches of France with a convoy of wounded men One of the patients is Lt Meriwether Evanson, a pilot who has been burned beyond recognition and he clings to life much thanks to his wife Marjorie whose picture he has pinned to his tunic But Bess notices a woman on a London train station that is bidding farewell to an officer and she recognizes the women It s the pilots wife But the man isn t her husband She then discovers back on duty in France that the woman has been murdered and Scotland Yard is asking for information from anyone that saw her that day Bess informs the police about what she knows, but it s not enough information since she can describe the man the woman was with, but she doesn t know who he is and soon she starts her own inquiry to learn who killed Marjorie But it s a frustrating case, and it seems that the killer may be getting away with murder and send an innocent man to the gallows.I felt that this book was not as engrossing to read as the first book was, but it was still very good, but there were moments in the book when I felt that the pacing was a bit slow and I wanted the story to progress a little bit faster Not that the story was bad, I mean there were several people in the book that could have been the murderer and it wasn t like I guessed right away who it was I found the story picked up speed towards the end when a man that Bess had befriended was accused of murder and she had to fight to clear his name Then, the story gotintense and I loved the ending I like Bess Crawford very much, she is a well written character and I like the fact that even though everyone in the book seems to think that she hasthan friendly feelings towards the accused man she is trying to save is she just his friend Not that I wouldn t mind her finding some happiness I have read A Pattern of Lie, the perfect man is out there for her she just has to see it , but she isn t a woman that is easily swept off her feet And, that is something I like Thankfully the book had a strong beginning and ending and, despite me feeling that the story dragged here and there in the middle was it a good book and I wasn t sure in the end it would end happily I think Bess and I are going to have to part ways Mysteries were my first love starting with Nancy Drew then the Grande Dame of all, Agatha Christie, as well as Patricia Wentworth andthan a few American mystery writers Elizabeth Peters, Margaret Maron, Louise Penny, Martha Grimes and the list goes on.Unlike some contemporary fiction, with a mystery you have a beginning, a middle and an end as well as a resolution where justice is served With Bess and her benign tolerance for victims I think Bess and I are going to have to part ways Mysteries were my first love starting with Nancy Drew then the Grande Dame of all, Agatha Christie, as well as Patricia Wentworth andthan a few American mystery writers Elizabeth Peters, Margaret Maron, Louise Penny, Martha Grimes and the list goes on.Unlike some contemporary fiction, with a mystery you have a beginning, a middle and an end as well as a resolution where justice is served With Bess and her benign tolerance for victims and evil doers alike I am missing the necessary outrage that murder is wrong, that the bad guy or bad guys will get their comeuppance Even gentle Miss Marple wanted bad guys to pay.Charles Todd s books are very well written, and Rosalyn Landor s narration especially the women s voices is almost faultless, but the there are too many unpleasant characters getting away with too much.4 stars for writing quality, background and ambience, but 2 stars for the mystery element

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