This is a lovely British mystery novel. Subdued, proper, enough intrigue to keep you going. Not so much a "whodunit", but a "WHY done it". You know the culprit immediately, but the why of the matter is the heart of the story. Bess needs to clear her name when she was obviously used to take the blame for an act by someone she is certain she's never met before.
An interesting story that is filled with stand up characters (except the bad guy of course!) and describes nicely turn of the century Britain.
An Unwilling Accomplice
Series: Bess Crawford Mysteries (Book 6)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (August 12, 2014)
Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace, where he’s to be decorated by the King. The next morning when Bess goes to collect Wilkins, he has vanished. Both the Army and the nursing service hold Bess negligent for losing the war hero, and there will be an inquiry.
Then comes disturbing word from the Shropshire police, complicating the already difficult situation: Wilkins has been spotted, and he’s killed a man. If Bess is to save her own reputation, she must find Wilkins and uncover the truth. But the elusive soldier has disappeared again and even the Shropshire police have lost him. Suddenly, the moral implications of what has happened—that a patient in her charge has committed murder—become more important to Bess than her own future. She’s going to solve this mysterious puzzle, but righting an injustice and saving her honor may just cost Bess her life.