We have two incredible books on tour from Charles Todd. Follow along with the tour as bloggers review back-to-back books in the Bess Crawford series!
About An Unwilling Accomplice
• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (May 5, 2015)
In this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s career and life are in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch
Bess Crawford has been summoned by the War Office to accompany a wounded soldier from Shropshire to Buckingham Palace, where he’s to be decorated for gallantry by King George himself.
Heavily bandaged and confined to a wheelchair, Sergeant Jason Wilkins 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. How could such a severely wounded man vanish without a trace?
Both the Army and the Nursing Service hold Bess to blame for losing the war hero. The Army now considers Wilkins a deserter, and Scotland Yard questions Bess 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.
Following a trail of clues across England, Bess is drawn into a mystery that seems to grow darker with every discovery. But will uncovering the truth put more innocent people in jeopardy?
• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (August 18, 2015)
Bess Crawford must keep a deadly pattern of lies from destroying an innocent family in this compelling and atmospheric mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of A Question of Honor and An Unwilling Accomplice
In 1916, at the height of the war, an explosion and fire at an armament factory in Kent killed more than a hundred men. With Ashton Powder Mill situated so close to the coast—within reach of German saboteurs—the Army investigated, eventually ruling the event an appalling tragedy. Now, two years later, suspicion, gossip, and rumor have raised the specter of murder—and fingers point to the owner, Philip Ashton, whose son is battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s friend and former patient.
While visiting the Ashtons, Bess finds herself caught up in a venomous show of hostility that doesn’t stop with Philip Ashton’s arrest. Indeed, someone is out for blood, and the household is all but under siege. The police are hostile—the Inspector’s brother died in the mill explosion—and refuse to consult either the Army or Scotland Yard. Why, after two years, has the village turned against Ashton?
In France, Bess searches for the only known witness to the explosion, now serving at the Front, and tries to convince him to give evidence about that terrible Sunday morning, only to find herself and the witness hunted by someone intent on preventing anyone from discovering what—or who—is behind this web of vicious lies. Uncertain whom to trust, she can rely only on her own wits and courage, but how can she stop a killer whose face she has never seen?
Philip Ashton is urged to throw himself on the mercy of the court—where he will surely find none. Time is running out. And Bess, at the point of a gun, has only one choice left: to risk her life to save the Ashtons.
About Charles Todd
Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.
Charles Todd’s Tour Stops:
An Unwilling Accomplice
Wednesday, July 8th: Mom’s Small Victories
Monday, July 13th: Booked on a Feeling
Tuesday, July 14th: Mystery Playground
Wednesday, July 15th: Bibliotica
Monday, July 20th: Dwell in Possibility
Tuesday, July 21st: cakes, tea and dreams
Wednesday, July 22nd: Raven Haired Girl
Wednesday, July 22nd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, July 23rd: Helen’s Book Blog
Monday, July 27th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, July 27th: Jorie Loves a Story
Wednesday, July 29th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Friday, July 31st: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, August 3rd: Lavish Bookshelf
A Pattern of Lies
Tuesday, August 11th: Crime Fiction Lover
Tuesday, August 18th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, August 19th: Booked on a Feeling
Thursday, August 20th: Dwell in Possibility
Friday, August 21st: Reading Reality
Monday, August 24th: Mystery Playground
Tuesday, August 25th: Raven Haired Girl
Wednesday, August 26th: Luxury Reading
Thursday, August 27th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Friday, August 28th: Helen’s Book Blog
Monday, August 31st: A Bookworm’s World
Tuesday, September 1st: Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, September 2nd: Mom’s Small Victories
Thursday, September 3rd: Victoria Weisfeld
Friday, September 4th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Tuesday, September 8th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Tuesday, September 8th: 5 Minutes For Books
Wednesday, September 9th: Bibliotica
Thursday, September 10th: cakes, tea and dreams