Book Review: Charles Todd’s An Impartial Witness

Posted December 29, 2010 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Charles Todd’s An Impartial Witness

An Impartial Witness


Charles Todd

historical mystery that was published by William Morrow on August 31, 2010 and has 352 pages.

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Other books by this author which I have reviewed include A Lonely Death, A Bitter Truth, The Confession, An Unmarked Grave, The Walnut Tree, Proof of Guilt, A Question of Honor, An Unwilling Accomplice, Hunting Shadows, A Pattern of Lies, A Fine Summer's Day, No Shred of Evidence, The Shattered Tree, Racing the Devil, A Casualty of War

Second in the Bess Crawford historical mystery series revolving around a battlefield nurse during World War I in 1917.

My Take

I found this one more believable than his first. I really like how well Todd conveys the feel of England in the first World War. He brings out the style and mores as well as the privation suffered by the English, although it has a softness to it. Although I am rather surprised at how much driving around Bess does when supposedly petrol is in short supply!

I’m also curious as to what might happen between Bess and Simon…it’s a possibility. In the meantime, it’s interesting to watch Bess detect within the culture of the time…and as she can get leave from her duties as a nursing sister on the Continent.