By Charles Todd
“Todd’s novels are identified for compelling plotting with a considerate whodunit point, wealthy characterization, evocative prose, and haunting atmosphere.”
“Readers who can’t get sufficient of [Jacqueline Winspear’s] Maisie Dobbs…are absolute to be stuck up within the adventures of Bess Crawford.”
—New York instances publication Review
To nice severe acclaim, writer Charles Todd brought protagonist Bess Crawford in A responsibility to the Dead. The committed international conflict I nurse returns in An neutral Witness, and reveals herself in grave peril while an ethical legal responsibility makes her the inadvertent aim of a killer. As hauntingly evocative as Todd’s award-winning, New York Times bestselling Ian Rutledge novels, An neutral Witness transports readers to a depressing time of struggle and comprises us in homicide, intrigue, and the interesting affairs of a really unforgettable solid of characters.
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