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Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on the east coast of the United States. Caroline has a BA in English Literature and History, and a Masters in International Relations. Charles has a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Business Management, and a culinary arts degree that means he can boil more than water. Caroline has been married (to the same man) for umpteen years, and Charles is divorced.

Charles and Caroline have a rich storytelling heritage. Both spent many evenings on the porch listening to their fathers and grandfathers reminisce. And a maternal grandmother told marvelous ghost stories. This tradition allows them to write with passion about events before their own time. And an uncle/great-uncle who served as a flyer in WWI aroused an early interest in the Great War.

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A Question of Honor: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 5)
by Charles Todd
In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie? Bess Crawford enjoyed a...
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Search the Dark: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
The introspective hero of Wings of Fire and A Test of Wills (Edgar Award nominee) returns in Search the Dark , a provocative new mystery by Charles Todd. Inspector Ian Rutledge, haunted by memories of World War I and the harrowing presence of Hamish, a dead soldier, is "a superb characterization of a man whose wounds have made him...
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The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
“One of the best historical series being written today.” — Washington Post “Todd once and for all establishes the shell-shocked Rutledge as the genre’s most complex and fascinating detective.” — Entertainment Weekly The Confession is historical crime fiction at its finest, continuing Charles Todd’s New York Times...
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The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
“ One of the best historical series being written today.” — Washington Post Book World   The accolades keep pouring in for Charles Todd and his New York Times Notable, Edgar® Award-nominated series featuring British police inspector and shell-shocked World War I veteran Ian Rutledge. In The Red...
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A Matter of Justice (Inspector Ian Rutledge Book 11)
by Charles Todd
“Charles Todd hasn’t made a misstep yet in his elegant series featuring Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge, and A Matter of Justice keeps the streak going.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer   The Washington Post calls the Ian Rutledge novels by Charles Todd, “one of the best historical series being written...
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Watchers of Time: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Novel
by Charles Todd
In his latest novel, bestselling author Charles Todd brings his classic mystery series to a new level of intensity and intrigue. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for his place in a postwar world. Now a Scotland Yard investigator, Rutledge is called upon to probe a small-town murder...
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A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
“Todd’s Ian Rutledge mysteries are among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days.” — Washington Post Critics have called Charles Todd’s historical mystery series featuring shell-shocked World War One veteran Inspector Ian Rutledge “remarkable” ( New York Times Book Review ), “heart-breaking” (...
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A Long Shadow: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
“Seamless in its storytelling and enthralling in its plotting.” — Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel “Dark and remarkable….Once [Todd] grabs you, there’s no putting the novel down.” — Detroit Free Press The Winston-Salem Journal declares that, “like P. D. James and Ruth Rendell, Charles Todd writes novels that...
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A Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Book 6)
by Charles Todd
Bestselling author Charles Todd has earned a special place among mystery’s elite writers with his acclaimed series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a former soldier seeking to lay to rest the demons of his past in the aftermath of World War I. But that past bleeds into the present in a complex murder case that calls into...
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Cold Comfort: A Novella (Inspector Ian Rutledge)
by Charles Todd
A brand-new Ian Rutledge e-original novella from Charles Todd, including a special excerpt from the next Rutledge novel, Hunting Shadows , available this January. It’s 1915, and the Great War is barely six months old. Lieutenant Ian Rutledge has left behind his career at Scotland Yard and is now serving in France. He’s temporarily...
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The Kidnapping: An Ian Rutledge Original Short Story with Bonus Content (Inspector Ian Rutledge)
by Charles Todd
In an original short story by New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge must put all his detecting skills to use to solve a baffling case. A man and his young daughter were returning home from a dinner party when three men appeared from out of nowhere and grabbed the girl. Rutledge has to act...
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An Unmarked Grave: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 4)
by Charles Todd
“A wonderful new mystery series that will let us see the horrors of World War I through the eyes of Bess Crawford, battlefield nurse.” —Margaret Maron “Readers who can’t get enough of Jacqueline Winspear’s novels, or Hester Latterly, who saw action in the Crimean War in a series of novels by Anne Perry, are bound to be...
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The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
by Charles Todd
“You’re going to love Todd.” —Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly The critically acclaimed creator of the Inspector Ian Rutledge and battlefield nurse Bess Crawford mystery series, Charles Todd now offers readers a bittersweet love story and romantic mystery that unfolds at Christmas during the dangerous opening days of World...
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A Cold Treachery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Book 7)
by Charles Todd
Charles Todd returns to the world of Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge in a series that the New York Times Book Review called “harrowing psychological drama” and the Washington Post Book World hailed as “among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days.” This time the embattled Inspector has met his...
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A False Mirror: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
“Full of suspense, surprises, and sympathetic characters.” — Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel “No mystery series I can think of captures the sadness and loss that swept over England after World War I with the heartbreaking force of Charles Todd’s books about Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge.” — Chicago Tribune The...
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The Murder Stone
by Charles Todd
Charles Todd’s critically acclaimed novels featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge have been hailed by The Washington Post Book World as “one of the best historical series being written today.” The New York Times Book Review calls Todd’s mysteries “meticulously wrought...harrowing psychological drama.” Now he stakes...
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A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 3)
by Charles Todd
“Highly recommended—well-rounded, believable characters, a multi-layered plot solidly based on human nature, all authentically set in the England of 1917…an outstanding and riveting read.” — New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens “Bess Crawford is a strong and likable character.” — Washington Times...
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An Impartial Witness: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 2)
by Charles Todd
“Todd’s novels are known for compelling plotting with a thoughtful whodunit aspect, rich characterization, evocative prose, and haunting atmosphere.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch “Readers who can’t get enough of [Jacqueline Winspear’s] Maisie Dobbs…are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford.” — New...
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A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 1)
by Charles Todd
“Another winner....Todd again excels at vivid atmosphere and the effects of war in this specific time and place. Grade: A.” — Cleveland Plain Dealer   “Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear’s novels…are bound to be caught up in the...
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An Unwilling Accomplice: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 6)
by Charles Todd
World War I Battlefield nurse Bess Crawford’s career is in jeopardy when a murder is committed on her watch, in this absorbing and atmospheric historical mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.  Home on leave, Bess Crawford is asked to accompany a wounded soldier confined to a wheelchair to Buckingham Palace...
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A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation….A meticulously wrought puzzle.” —New York Times Book Review “An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.” —Peter Lovesey, author of The...
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A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd takes readers into Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge’s past—to his perplexing final case before the outbreak of World War I. On a fine summer’s day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he...
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Wings of Fire: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
In Charles Todd's Wings of Fire , Inspector Ian Rutledge is quickly sent to investigate the sudden deaths of three members of the same eminent Cornwall family, but the World War I veteran soon realizes that nothing about this case is routine. Including the identity of one of the dead, a reclusive spinster unmasked as O. A. Manning...
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Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge Book 4)
by Charles Todd
The weathered remains found on a Scottish mountainside may be those of Eleanor Gray, but the imperious Lady Maude Gray, Eleanor's mother, will have to be handled delicately. This is not the only ground that Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard must tread carefully, for the case will soon lead him to Scotland, where many of Rutledge's...
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Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard must contend with two dangerous enemies in New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd's Proof of Guilt . Can Rutledge solve the apparent murder of a top wine merchant while dealing with interference from his superior, the new Acting Chief Superintendent? Readers of Charles Todd’s Bess Crawford...
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A Pale Horse: A Novel of Suspense (Inspector Ian Rutledge Book 10)
by Charles Todd
In the ruins of Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey lies the body of a man wrapped in a cloak, the face covered by a gas mask. Next to him is a book on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector in the Great War. Who is this man, and is the investigation into his death being manipulated by a thirst for revenge?...
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Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge in Hunting Shadows , a gripping and atmospheric historical mystery set in 1920s England, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd. A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in...
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The Shattered Tree: A Bess Crawford Mystery (Bess Crawford Mysteries)
by Charles Todd
World War I battlefield nurse Bess Crawford goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier’s background—and uncover his true loyalties—in this thrilling and atmospheric entry in the bestselling “vivid period mystery series” ( New York Times Book Review ). At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire...
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Racing the Devil: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
by Charles Todd
Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge finds himself caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to World War I in the nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling series. On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the Front make...
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No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
by Charles Todd
In this absorbing new entry in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is caught up in a twisted web of vengeance and murder. On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a...
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The Piper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Story (Kindle Single)
by Charles Todd
Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge returns shell shocked from the trenches of World War I, tormented by the memory of Hamish MacLeod, the young Scots soldier he executed on the battlefield. Now, Charles Todd features Hamish himself in this compelling, stand-alone short story. Before the Great War, Hamish farms in the Highlands...
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