Reviews: AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS by Charles Todd

A couple WWI Reading Challenge participants read An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd.  Here are excerpts from their reviews; click the links to read the full reviews.

Here’s what The Written World had to say:

This book just seemed like drama, drama, drama. That is not necessarily a bad thing, it kept things interesting, but it seemed like everyone was having some sort of a problem in this book. I find that sometimes Bess and her family are shown as just a bit too perfect. They always seem to get along and Bess is always on a quest to do the right thing. There doesn’t seem to be enough flaws to round out the characters. I think that is why despite enjoying the series, I am still a bit leery of Bess. It is something I have been trying to put my finger on since I read the first book.

Here’s what Books and Movies had to say:

An Impartial Witness seemed to get off to a bit of a slow start for me. In order to solve the mystery, Bess needed to be in England, but, as an army nurse, it would not be realistic to have her home on continual leave for weeks on end. There was a lot of back-and-forth, as Bess returned to duty in France, and then accompanied the wounded back to London. I like the scenes where she is nursing, and so would like to see a future entry into the series take place completely out in the field – I’m sure there were plenty of intrigues that happened on the front lines.

**Attention participants: Remember to email us a link to your reviews, and we’ll post them here so we can see what everyone is reading!**

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2 Comments

  1. I highly recommend Charles and Caroline Todd’s books. Re-read the first in the Inspector Rutledge series- A Test of Wills and the 9th- A False Mirror. The first introduces you to the battlefield and shell shock experience of Rutledge. After figuring out Hamish’s dialect, it was an easier read.Reading them in order helps you understand his progress or lack of over the years. Excellent series. Bess Crawford is good too.

  2. Thanks, Lorraine. I’ve heard good things about the Todd books. Not a fan of books written in dialect though, but I might check out the Bess Crawford series.


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