Search Results: "Charles Todd"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >