Books by Charles Todd

CHARLES TODD is the author of The Murder Stone, A Fearsome Doubt, Watchers of Time, Legacy of the Dead, A Test of Wills, Wings of Fire, and Search the Dark. He lives on the East Coast, where he is at work on the next novel in the Inspector Ian Rutledge se


A FORGOTTEN PLACE by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Todd patiently, decorously evokes a sense of suffocating unease before the inevitably anticlimactic conclusion."
Nursing sister Bess Crawford's errand of mercy to a seemingly innocuous village in the Gower Peninsula of South Wales turns slowly into a waking nightmare. Read full book review >
THE GATE KEEPER by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Not the strongest outing for the memorably shellshocked sleuth (Racing the Devil, 2017, etc.). The suspects are shadowy and indistinct, the detection is slow, and the murders are both less interesting and less potent than the mystery foreshadowed by Todd's title."
Inspector Ian Rutledge's 20th appearance finds him fighting for control of a case no one wants him to solve. Read full book review >
A CASUALTY OF WAR by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"In their ninth installment (The Shattered Tree, 2016, etc.), the authors writing as Todd move from a poignant description of Armistice Day—when soldiers drop to their knees at the sudden cessation of gunfire—to one soldier's plight back in England. Although the action includes a couple of perilous scenes too many, readers will love the heroine for her courage and determination."
In the aftermath of World War I, a surgical nurse tries to help a wounded officer who insists his cousin tried to kill him. Read full book review >
RACING THE DEVIL by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2017

"Despite the high body count, the pacing feels a bit slow. A perfectly competent but unexceptional entry in the crowded niche of interwar English village mysteries."
Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge battles his own shell shock and a rector's murderer in an English coastal hamlet. Read full book review >
NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"The haunted detective is as thorough as usual, though he's dealing with faster-moving events than in some of his previous adventures (A Fine Summer's Day, 2015, etc.). There's no peace for the man and only a teaser of romantic feelings he scarcely admits."
A pleasure expedition in Cornwall turns deadly in Inspector Rutledge's 18th case. Read full book review >
A PATTERN OF LIES by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Despite uneven pacing and a couple of creaky plot devices, Bess' seventh case (An Unwilling Accomplice, 2014, etc.) does its strong, determined heroine credit."
A nursing sister in the last days of World War I tries to help a man belatedly accused of murder. Read full book review >
AN UNWILLING ACCOMPLICE by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Bess' sixth case recycles two motifs from her fifth (A Question of Honor, 2013): confused identity and blighted honor. Despite all the convenient happenstance and all the wounded veterans roaming the English countryside, Bess' courage and determination triumph over all."
A runaway soldier forces nursing sister Bess Crawford to find a killer and clear her name during World War I. Read full book review >
HUNTING SHADOWS by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Less from ghost Hamish? That change may be as welcome to some fans as to the inspector himself, though others may miss the inspector's invisible partner and conscience."
Inspector Rutledge returns for another painstaking investigation of murders in the aftermath of World War I. Read full book review >
A QUESTION OF HONOR by Charles Todd
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Despite some loose threads unsatisfyingly tied up, the mystery is as strong as any Bess has confronted."
Ten years after an army officer apparently killed five people, deserted his regiment and died in Afghanistan, he's back to bedevil nursing sister Bess Crawford, and vice versa. Read full book review >
PROOF OF GUILT by Charles Todd
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Sturdily if not elegantly plotted, with the ghost of Hamish, the soldier Rutledge ordered executed in the war, still haranguing him."
Inspector Rutledge's 15th investigation concerns a corpse without a name. Read full book review >
AN UNMARKED GRAVE by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2012

"How many wartime casualties and heroics from Bess does it take to exhaust a reader? Unfortunately, exactly this many, despite the author's fierce antiwar sentiments. Readers weary of Bess can take refuge in Todd's Ian Rutledge series (The Confession, 2012, etc.)."
Plucky battlefield nurse Bess Crawford (A Bitter Truth, 2011, etc.) fights World War I diseases, deserters and more. Read full book review >
THE CONFESSION by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Rutledge, still consumed with his own war memories, seems headed for a fierce emotional collapse this time out. One fervently hopes the Todd writing partnership can offer him solace in the next go-round."
A confession presents more questions than it answers. Read full book review >
A BITTER TRUTH by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The least believable tale from the Todd partnership (An Impartial Witness, 2010, etc.) finds Bess, Roger and the Aussie traipsing all over France and England and bumping into each other. Still, few writers surpass Todd in depicting the insanity of war."
Sister Crawford spends an eventful Christmas 1917 on leave from the battlefield. Read full book review >
A LONELY DEATH by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 14, 2011

"Cummins's case is perhaps too neatly tied to a deathbed scene at Max's home. But one shouldn't quibble when Todd (The Red Door, 2009, etc.) so eloquently blasts war for the obscenity it is."
Two years after the Great War ends, another, more personal war begins. Read full book review >
AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Bess (A Duty to the Dead, 2009) is dogged, implacable and headstrong in the way of Victorian heroines, and mired in a plot the author's more capable detective, Ian Rutledge, would dispatch in half the time with twice the brio."
A chance encounter engenders more danger than a World War I battlefield. Read full book review >
THE RED DOOR by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"Departing from Rutledge's earlier cases (A Matter of Justice, 2008, etc.), the caprices of fatherhood take precedence over the iniquities of war this time, with a subdued Hamish and an emotionally reawakening Rutledge along for the ride."
Inspector Rutledge confronts a war-weary family in 1920. Read full book review >
A DUTY TO THE DEAD by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Will readers miss Inspector Rutledge? You bet. But anyone who cares to loll in early-20th century English villages and mores and follow a plucky heroine as she confronts the stupidity of war will find solace in this old-fashioned mystery."
World War I nurse keeps a burdensome promise. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF JUSTICE by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"In many ways a more subdued Todd, with many earmarks of a classic village mystery and less byplay from Hamish, the ghost who haunts Rutledge. But the author manages to slip in yet another antiwar message by tormenting Rutledge with the emotional repercussions of his own battle experiences."
A loathed village squire comes to a ghastly end. Read full book review >
A FALSE MIRROR by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Compelling evidence that inside every warrior who returns from the front, there's a nightmare waiting to break out."
The heartbreaking aftermath of choosing either side in the fight-or-flight dilemma. Read full book review >
A PALE HORSE by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 2007

"Another penetrating, emotionally lacerating antiwar fable from a master of the form. If the Washington hawks who cajole us into battle could be induced to read Todd, they might have second thoughts."
World War I may be over, but the tragedies, as always in Todd's work (A False Mirror, 2007, etc.), linger on. Read full book review >
A LONG SHADOW by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2006

"Incisive as ever, though this time Todd's usual slow start is bookended by a conclusion that daringly leaves several loose ends hanging."
The bow-and-arrow shooting of a Hertfordshire policeman carries Inspector Ian Rutledge (A Cold Treachery, 2005, etc.) back even further in time than his traumatic WWI memories. Read full book review >
A COLD TREACHERY by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2005

"A slow beginning and melodramatic trappings put this a notch below Todd's most compelling work. Nonetheless, Rutledge and Hamish (A Fearsome Doubt, 2002, etc.) remain two of fiction's best antiwar spokesmen."
Who will find ten-year-old Josh Robinson first, the killer who slaughtered the rest of his family or Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge and his familiar ghost Hamish? Read full book review >
THE MURDER STONE by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Almost unbearably sad, with family upheaval intensified by wartime tragedy. Todd, whose Inspector Rutledge series (A Fearsome Doubt, 2002, etc.) is also antiwar-driven, could probably convert Attila the Hun to pacifism."
Which family secrets are worth keeping, even on your deathbed? Read full book review >
A FEARSOME DOUBT by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"If everyone would read just one book, any book, by Todd (Watchers in Time, 2001, etc.), and pay close attention to what he's saying, there would never be another war."
As if being bedeviled by Hamish, the ghost of the Scotsman he found it necessary to execute during the Great War, weren't guilt-inducing enough, the Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge now has to deal with the widow of Ben Shaw, the man he sent to the gallows seven years ago, in 1912. Read full book review >
WATCHERS OF TIME by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2001

"Todd fans (Legacy of the Dead, 2000, etc.) will queue up for this one."
Two weeks after the fete at St. Read full book review >
LEGACY OF THE DEAD by Charles Todd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"More Q&A than a season with Regis Philbin, but the creeping drive toward Todd's powerful climactic revelations will make it all worthwhile for readers who go the distance."
Apt to keep to herself at the best of times and isolated all the more cruelly from the Scottish village of Duncarrick by the death of the aunt she went to live with, Fiona MacDonald is easy prey for a series of poisonous letters charging that the son she's claimed was left fatherless by WWI never had a proper father to begin with. Read full book review >
SEARCH THE DARK by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Best for those who like their mystery melodramas written the old-fashioned way."
It's the end of WWI and Inspector Ian Rutledge is back at his Scotland Yard job—physically uninjured but plagued by the inner, nagging voice of dead soldier Hamish MacLeod (A Test of Wills, etc.). Read full book review >
WINGS OF FIRE by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 1998

"The long-dragged-out solution seems scarcely worth the effort. (Author tour)"
Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge, still recovering from the ravages of his service in WW I, his thoughts haunted by the ghost of fellow soldier Hamish MacLeod, (A Test of Wills, 1996), is sent by Supt. Read full book review >
A TEST OF WILLS by Charles Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"A feast for the like-minded."
Returning from the Great War in 1919, Inspector Ian Rutledge is dispatched to the Warwick village of Upper Streetham to track down the killer of Colonel Charles Harris, shot from his horse but mysteriously landed on his chest. Read full book review >