• An Unwilling Accomplice

  • Bess Crawford, Book 6
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (367 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford's career and life are in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch, in this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York Times best-selling author Charles Todd.

Arriving in London on leave, Bess Crawford receives an unusual summons from the War Office. She's been requested to accompany a wounded soldier to Buckingham Palace, where he's to be decorated for gallantry by King George himself.

Though she is certain she's never met or nursed Sergeant Jason Wilkins, she cannot refuse the honor. Heavily bandaged and confined to a wheelchair, the soldier will be in her care for barely a day. But on the morning after the ceremony when Bess goes to collect her charge for his return journey, she finds the room empty. Both the Army and the Nursing Service hold Bess to blame for losing the war hero. There is a humiliating inquiry, and the incident is noted in her record.

More disturbing news complicates her already difficult situation: The Army now considers Wilkins a deserter, and Scotland Yard questions her when Wilkins is suspected of killing a man in cold blood. If Bess is to clear her name and return to duty in France, she must prove that she was never his accomplice. But the sergeant has disappeared again and neither the Army nor the police can find him.

The moral implications - that a patient in her charge has committed murder - become more important to Bess than her own future. Accompanied by her friend Simon Brandon, she heads north to find the missing man herself.

Carefully questioning suspicious locals, Bess and Simon follow a trail of clues across England. Drawn into a mystery that seems to grow darker with every discovery, they realize that this man has brought the war home to remote places far from the killing fields of France. But will uncovering the truth put more innocent people in jeopardy?

©2014 Charles Todd (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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I've enjoyed reading this series, but listening to this audiobook made me realize how much I was skimming. The story could have been trimmed by 50%, easily. It's so overwritten that by the time I reached the end, I was relieved more than entertained.

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Very disappointing

Although the performance was good the story was scrambled - the author was all over the place with suspects so much so that I didn't finish because I didn't care "who done it."

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Tedious

I have been enjoying this.series but this one was confusing and tedious-sorry to have to say it. The series is worthwhile.

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LOVED IT!!!

First off: I love the series!
Second: it was fantastic!
I didn't want to pause the book for anything. Alas, it has taken me three days to finish this. But I loved it!
Will be purchasing another book shortly.

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great story

l really enjoyed this story and the amount of detail in the description was great. It really held your attention.

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Tedious!!!

I really like Bess Crawford and have read all the books. I like the series. This book disappoints. The last four hours are tedious! The storyline could have been shortened and shortened to get to the same results.

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Very good

I have read all of the books in this series and have thoroughly enjoyed every single one. This one was a great mystery that took me to a point where I thought I knew who the culprit was. Wrong.

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Love Bess, But Boring

I love the Bess Crawford series, but this latest iteration was tedious. The mystery was predictable. I enjoyed it overall, but it was disappointing.

I do hope that the next book is post-war. I'd love to see where the post-war years take Bess. And Brandon.

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JUST OK

I love all of Charles Todd's books, having read 5 of this series. However, this story was just too incredulous for words! It's hard to believe that a nursing sister and a military officer would go tearing around the English countryside looking for a missing injured soldier whom the Army and Scotland Yard is chasing. This, in the middle of a war, as if both of these people couldn't be better utilized elsewhere. I get that Bess wants to save her reputation since the soldier went AWOL on her watch but to waste resources like gasoline trying to outdo the criminal investigators already on the case is a bit much.

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Great series

I have really come to appreciate this series of stories with characters I care about and stories that are intriguing. Love the narrator.

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