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Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

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About A Fine Summer's Day

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 29, 2015)

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.
My Thoughts:
I am a huge fan of Charles Todd's World War I mystery series starring English nurse Bess Crawford, but I had never dipped into the authors' Inspector Ian Rutledge series. 
However, now the time is right!  With their latest release (#17!) "A Fine Summer's Day" takes readers back to the very beginning of Inspector Rutledge's story and is a fine introduction indeed.
As usual, the mother/son author/duo pulls the reader deep into a fascinating and well-told story of one man's experience during the pre-World War I days and how that terrible conflict affected everyone and everything, changing the world so completely that it would never be the same again for anyone.  I love the cast of characters who make up Inspector Rutledge's world, and the fast-pace of the tale keeps the action moving along quickly.  This was a complete reading joy and I'm so glad that the authors dared to reach way back in time to bring this intriguing story to their fans!
If you haven't experienced one of the many wonderful books by Charles Todd, "A Fine Summer's Day" is the perfect place to begin!
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About Charles Todd

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.

Visit their website at Charlestodd.com and like CharlesToddNovels on Facebook.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm happy to see that book 17 is a great place to start the series!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Marlene Detierro said...

The Todd's book is just a grand story of life and crime and ultimate justice in that summer of 1914. The novel also includes characters from the other Todd series, "Bess Crawford". I've been waiting for the two series to intersect and in "A Fine Summer's Day" they begin to do just that.

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