Now published together for the first time: Charles Todd's absorbing short stories—"The Kidnapping," "The Girl on the Beach," "Cold Comfort," and "The Maharani's Pearls"—featuring everyone's favorite Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge and intrepid battlefield nurse Bess Crawford. These vibrant tales transport readers from the home front in Great Britain where ominous clouds of war will soon lead to the trenches of France, to the bloody front lines where Lieutenant Rutledge must risk his life to save his men. And finally to the exotic, dangerous India of Bess Crawford's youth. Together they create a fascinating glimpse into the extraordinary backgrounds of two of mystery's most popular characters.
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About the Author
Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. Among the honors accorded to the Ian Rutledge mysteries are the Barry Award and nominations for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s Dilys Award, the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the U.S., and the John Creasey Award in the UK. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tales offers four stories set in the worlds of Bess Crawford and Ian Rutlegde, and a sneak peek at the new Bess Crawford book, A Pattern of Lies. The Ian Rutlegde stories, “Cold Comfort” and “The Kdnapping” both take place during and after World War 1, whereas the Bess Crawford stories take place during the Great War. Despite being short stories, the plot is fleshed out and the stories offer a good introduction to the series. There’s plenty of mystery and suspense in each of them, and they made me eager to read the full-length books featuring these characters. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was quite disappointed by "Tales," a book of several short stories by the mother and son authors whose joint nom de plume is Charles Todd. I started off with such high hopes. The writing style is very refreshing - quaint and old-fashioned. The characters are well-developed, as well. However, it's sad that the authors use their books to push their political agenda. I was sensing that, and it was confirmed in an interview I read, wherein the mother admitted that they hope that their books will show that World War I was not necessary. Putting aside the naivete of this view, it is quite insensitive to those whose ancestors bravely fought and died in the war. And without a war, how does she think they would have been able to stop the Germans - who invaded and tried to take over places like France and Belgium? What would she say to their victims, if we just had looked the other way and refused to help them? "It's not our problem, sorry?" The authors have every right to their beliefs, but if they want to reach a wide audience, they need to respect the experiences and beliefs of a diverse readership. I read around 100 books a year, but I will waste no more of our money on books by these authors. Very disappointing.
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