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AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS
by Charles Todd

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Historical

2010 Historical Mystery Nominee

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Although the use of coincidence in a murder mystery is generally frowned upon, Todd takes one giant coincidence and builds a plot around it to great effect. This second book in the Bess Crawford series places this mother-son writing duo at the top of their plotting game, with intricate twists and plenty of viable suspects. The meticulously realized period detailing is an intrinsic part of a story that is much more than a whodunit.

WWI battlefield nurse Bess Crawford inadvertently becomes caught up in the murder of a patient’s wife when she witnesses her emotional goodbye to a man who is not her husband. After the victim’s pilot husband commits suicide, Bess feels the crime has bec ome personal and goes searching for answers. When another wounded soldier is arrested after a witness is attacked, Bess realizes she is up against a very cunning killer. (MORROW, Sep., 352 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: Donna M. Brown

Publisher: MORROW

Published: September 2010

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