Title: An Impartial Witness (Bess Crawford #2)
Author: Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
Bess Crawford is serving as a nurse during WWI in the summer of 1917. She witnesses a distraught woman talking with a soldier. She immediately recognizes the woman as the wife of one of her patients, but thinks nothing more of it until discovering that the woman was murdered on the very day she saw her at the train station with the soldier. Scotland Yard publishes a plea for information on the case in the newspaper, which Bess sees. She notifies the Yard of what she saw, but is told that her information, scanty as it is, is the only lead they have in the case. Then, the husband of the murdered woman is found dead and Bess begins to ask questions.
Bess finds her questions bring more questions instead of answers, but she continues to dig for the truth. She uses her leave from the front to investigate, missing out on time with her parents. She realizes this and tries to spend more time with them, but still can’t let the case go. Her father’s subordinate, Simon, helps keep her safe and gather information. Bess is running out of time before a man she believes is innocent is put to death and she must return to the Front. Can she ferret out the information in time to save him or will she be too late?
Once again Charles Todd has given readers a most excellent mystery! Bess Crawford’s willingness to give her all to see justice done is so admirable. She just can’t let this case go as she feels if she does, a miscarriage of justice will occur. Her service to the wounded soldiers and her compassion for those who are innocent is heart-warming. The character of Bess shows what one can accomplish when one doesn’t give up. There was great tension that built to the final climactic moment. I had to keep reading to find out who was guilty. I have enjoyed getting to know Bess better and look forward to her next book to see what wrong she will try to right.
My rating is 5 stars.