tlc tour hostToday is the paperback release of A Fine Summer’s Day!

From the Publisher. 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.

In or Out of Bed? IN. And everywhere else. My Mother has been telling me for years that I need to read A Test of Wills, the first Charles Todd book featuring Ian Rutledge. Like any sensible daughter, I have ignored her. I know. I know. I did start it a few times but the timing wasn’t right. I was waiting for the very beginning…

Here’s what I love about this book. The writing is spot on for the time and place. The pace of the police procedural and the steps of the Scotland Yard Investigation are paced with the personal stories of the characters perfectly so you don’t feel bogged down with one or the other. The reveals are also paced well and this keeps the reader well involved in guesswork. I love the historical aspect starting with the motorcade assassination that evolved into World War I.  Finally, the crossover of characters from Todd series with the appearance of Bess Crawford adds a fun and interesting element.

I enjoyed this book so much I read it in and out of Bed and was so engrossed that I was honked at not once but twice in the carpool line. So, I eat my crow and tell Mom she’s right, again. You will want to tell her that, too after you read this book!

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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