Charles Todd

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and one stand-alone novel. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina. Caroline Todd’s MA in international relations led to a lifetime of adventure around the world. Her background in history and her enthusiasm for suspense films led to creating a detective who had to make his own decisions and live with his own conscience. Charles Todd has been a board member of Mystery Writers of America and national Secretary, as well as President of the Southeast Chapter. His experiences as a corporate troubleshooter shaped his interest in writing psychological suspense set in post World War I Britain where the detective is still master of the crime scene.

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How marvelous to have Charles Todd set the tenth Bess Crawford mystery in Wales, the least written about part of the British Isles.

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“a definite study in a ‘practice to deceive . . . ’’’

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The Shattered Tree is an enjoyable and quick read—well worth the time.”

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Charles Todd’s Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard mystery series illustrates the psychological and physical toll paid by soldiers who fought in the trenches of World War I.

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A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd is another intriguing story featuring heroine Bess Crawford. Set in 1918, the story revolves around an event that occurs two years earlier.

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“One wishes for the case that will somehow provide a breakthrough to alleviate the suffering that hangs over these stories like a dark shroud.”

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Hunting Shadows is an exceptionally good entry in an outstanding series.

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“. . . [a] charming series . . .”

The prologue in this fifth book in this charming series takes the reader back to heroine Bess Crawford’s idyllic childhood in India.

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Charles Todd opens Proof of Guilt with a terrifying historical incident.

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“. . . [a] heart-wrenching tale . . .”

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“The authors have mastered the skill of pacing . . .”

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“. . . the authors fall down in this book. Nurse Bess Crawford is too saintly a figure.”

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“As with any good mystery, the tension ramps up as the story progresses, pulling more and more characters into the fray, weaving three murders flawlessly into a tight tale. Mr.

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“Just one title in a series of Bess Crawford mysteries, A Bitter Truth is a definite keeper.”

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The horrors of modern warfare are spread across the pages of our newspapers and the screens of our televisions in daily doses that in sheer volume tend to numb us to the futility of the battlefield