A Fine Summer's Day (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #17)

A Fine Summer's Day (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #17)

by Charles Todd


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On a fine summer's day in June 1914, Ian Rutledge is planning to propose to a woman he deeply loves, despite hints from his family and friends that she may not be the most suitable choice for a policeman's wife. To the north, another man in love—a Scottish Highlander named Hamish MacLeod—asks his own sweetheart to marry him.

Back in England, a son grieves for his mother, dredging up a dark injustice that will trigger a series of murders that Rutledge must solve. The victims are all upstanding and well-liked. The local police have their suspicions about the culprits and are less than cooperative with the London detective.

As clouds of war gather on the horizon, Rutledge digs deeper, finding similarities and patterns between the murders. With every moment at stake, he sets out to right a terrible wrong—an odyssey that will eventually force him to choose between the Yard and his country, between love and duty, and between honor and truth.

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ISBN-13: 9780062237132
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Series , #17
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 180,224
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.

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A Fine Summer's Day 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
For fans of novels like Sherlock Holmes, you might want to pick up Charles Todd's latest novel A Fine Summer's Day. It is part of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Series in which Ian Rutledge is part of Scotland Yards finest detectives. He has been assigned a complicated murder case in which a man has been found hanged with no apparent motive or suspect. In addition to that, a vandal has been marring the tombstones of nearby churches with a tar like substance. Is it possible that the two may be related? As Inspector Rutledge interviews countless witnesses and possible suspects he is no closer to solving either crime. In addition, he has proposed to a woman Jean Gordon who no one is his immediate family cares for. They believe that Ian might be blind to the woman's spoiled tendency's that may not exactly fit into the lifestyle of a Scotland Yard detective. As he continues to investigate further, he learns that the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria has been assassinated along with his pregnant wife. It could quite possibly launch the country in the beginnings of war depending on how Austria choose to react. If that is the case will Inspector Rutledge be called up to serve for his country if they do decide on war? He can only hope calmer heads will prevail. As the entire country waits to see what the outcome will be regarding the assassination of the Archduke, Inspector Rutledge finds himself facing more dead ends than he can count. Not only that but his boss is none too happy with the amount of time Ian is spending attending to dinners and engagement parties when he should be working to find the killer or killers that are slowly adding more bodies to the count with a variety of methods to their demise. Time is running out for everything to be answered. I received A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review. I have not received any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are strictly my own. I have absolutely love Charles Todd's series with Inspector Rutledge and to see a variety of things all culminating all at once. War is on the near horizon and knowing history, you know it will soon turn into World War 1. It's truly a race against time to see how it all turns out and I love the rich attention to detail Charles Todd pours into his novels. He painstakingly takes his time weaving the story so that you don't feel rushed to figure it all out at once. That is why I love this entire murder mystery series! For that reason I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Todd's Ian Rutledge books, enjoying the plots and characters. A Fine Summer's Day provided background on a number of elements in his previous 16 books. I liked not only the investigative story as I have in previous books, but the background on a number of characters, everyone from his parents, Jean and even Cummins at the Yard. The timing of this book was good and gave a little break in Rutledge's routines.
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoy the Charles Todd books. This one is a special addition to the Rutledge series, giving a look at the character before his experiences of WWI. Here we see the methodical and dedicated police officer before his "shell shock." His dedication to his sister is lovely. As is how he interacts with their friend Melinda Crawford. His engagement is another matter. One can see the foreshadowing of things not going well later. She is pleasant enough, but not suited to life as the wife of a police officer. Especially one as dedicated as he is. Throughout the story he is bulldogged in his belief that the various murders are related and lets nothing stop his inquiry into the truth. The ending is quite poignant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got better as it went along, made me a fan of this writer
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This novel is sort of a prequel to the Ian Rutledge books that carry the series forward. It begins with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife in Sarajevo, the prelude to the start of World War I months later. While England and the rest of Europe waited with baited breath while Germany and Russia postured, there were several apparently unrelated murders committed in various English localities. Despite the fact that higher-ups “closed” the cases, Inspector Rutledge discerned certain common elements and pursued the cases against direct orders and in the face of possible discipline. Doggedly, he follows his instincts in what turns out to be his last case before enlisting in the army as an officer and sent to France, as we know from earlier novels in the series. In the existing previous novels, Rutledge is single and is haunted by his experiences on the Western Front. In “A Fine Summer’s Day,” he becomes happily engaged to a pretty woman his sister and others think a shallow person. But they appear to be very much in love and look forward to getting married by Christmas. Of course, other events take precedence. As in the entire series, the mother-son authors provide a realistic account of the times, writing smoothly and carrying the plot to a most satisfactory conclusion. Highly recommended.
Vicki_o More than 1 year ago
If you have been reading the Inspector Rutledge series, this is a treat. You get to meet the woman he was intending to marry and find an old friend from the Bess Crawford series. It was not only a good mystery, it was intriguing to see him investigate this case without the stresses that were left to him by WWI. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
When I first started to read this book, I was not in the right frame of mind, so I waited and restarted reading. I really enjoyed learning about Ian Rutledge and her family and co-workers in this looking back book. Ian has probably made the biggest mistake of his life, but the war steps in to dissolve the error. The characters jump off the pages, especially many of the minor characters. Ian rushes between Jean in London and his duties in several surrounding villages due to many suicide or murder investigations. The reader is forewarned of the murderer, but not given the criteria for killing each man. The tension builds in Ian's cases, as well as in Europe with the threat of war. The ending brings resolution and closure, but in an obscure method. I could not stop reading and finished the book, even though I needed to go to bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one may not have been quite up to the high standards of the others, but it's valuable as a prequel to the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth the read. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific plot, shocker ending. First time reader of this series, and I will be reading all the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The co-authors did a great job creating a very believable provenance for a complicated protagonist! Many readers who have read other books in this series may find Rutlege more "human" and, therefore, more likable after they read this "prologue." by aj west
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I have enjoyed all the Ian Rutledge books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And rather flops about while the scots part is of no use at all. Indeed his great love is so obviously not suitable to marry a policeman and certainly not a soldier that a detective with any sense must have see that. That he would inlist when the force was short handed was another of course he had to because of the other books . three stars cause i read it though dragged along and slmost skipped lastchapter. Borrowed too. A fill in for the author no doubt perhaps from a short story enlarged
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DarthBoggle More than 1 year ago
This prequel was absolutely awful. The writing in this series has been sketchy over the past few books, but this was contrived beyond measure. There was no reason why a prequel was necessary, as it did not advance the narrative of the character at all. The sheer amount of secondary and tertiary characters staggers belief, and leads to a hodgepodge of a story - the real mystery is "who was this character again", and even "why do I care about this novel's happenings"?
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