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.”