Join Mystery Readers NorCal for an afternoon Literary Salon on Friday, January 9, at 2 p.m. in Berkeley. Comment below with your email address to RSVP and for directions.
Charles Toddis the bestselling author of the Inspector
Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone
novels. A mother-and-son writing team (Caroline and Charles Todd), they live in Delaware and North
Carolina. Charles Todd’s series about the brilliant yet troubled Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge began with A TEST OF WILLS when Rutledge returns from serving four years in the Great War and tries to resume his career at the Yard. His experience on the battlefields changed him, and although he remains a gifted and dedicated investigator, he faces a constant struggle to bury the haunting secrets from the war in order to remain in control and keep his job. Rutledge is tormented by shell shock and the guilt he faces every day for killing Hamish MacLeod, a young Scots soldier who refused an order on the battlefield thus forcing Rutledge to execute him on site.
Their new mystery, A FINE SUMMER’S DAY is a great entry point into an established series that will give fans insight into a character they already enjoy. Charles Todd provides readers with their trademark twisty mystery that will keep everyone guessing until the last page. With this newest entry into the award-winning and acclaimed series, readers will see Rutledge before the war. Before his life changed forever.
On a fine summer’s day in June, 1914, the Great War is still only the distant crack of revolver shots at a motorcar in faraway Sarajevo. And Ian Rutledge, already an Inspector at Scotland Yard, has decided to propose to the woman he’s so deeply in love with-despite hints from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice. In Scotland, a Highlander shows his own love the house he’s planning to build for her in September.
But in another part of England, a man stands in the kitchen of his widowed mother’s house, waiting for the undertaker to come for her body, and stares at the clock on the mantel board. He doesn’t know yet that he will become Rutledge’s last case before Britain is drawn into war. He doesn’t even know what he will do with his life, now. But in the weeks to come, as summer moves on toward the shadows of August, he will set out to right a wrong, and Rutledge will find himself having to choose between the Yard and his country, between the woman he loves and duty, and between the truth and honor.
When: Friday, January 9, 2 p.m. Where: Make a comment below with email for directions and to RSVP Potluck hors d'oeuvres and sweets