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An Unwilling Accomplice: Bess Crawford Mysteries    by Charles Todd order for
Unwilling Accomplice
by Charles Todd
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William Morrow, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Bess Crawford, a World War I battlefield nurse, is asked to accompany a hero to Buckingham Palace to receive a decoration from the King himself. That task duly accomplished, Bess is asked to give her permission for the soldier to meet with friends from his battalion. Bess hesitates, but assumes he can't get into much mischief in a wheelchair. Which is why we should never assume anything.

Yep, when Bess arrives at his hotel to join him for the day, he has gone missing. The Army and the nursing service blame her for losing him and she anticipates a severe reprimand. This could end her nursing career. She loves what she does and feels her hard work helps.

When word comes from Shropshire that the soldier has been spotted and has killed a man, she knows she must find him before the police do. Bess has many questions about the man and his activities before and after she met him. She must uncover the truth. She is appalled that someone in her care has committed murder. If he, indeed, did just that.

An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd is the sixth in the Bess Crawford Series. Another good one. Todd has also written sixteen in the Ian Rutledge series. Each and every one is so meticulously researched that you can almost hear the cannon's rumble and feel the depth of the trenches on French soil. A terrible war. But aren't they all?

I have read each and every one of both series as well as the two stand-alone novels. Charles Todd is a mother and son writing team who write so realistically and with such passion that it's hard to put one of their books down once started. They make one wish that the last page were not really that the last page.

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