In a quaint antiquarian bookshop in the Midlands of England, a woman is captivated by a rare gilt-edged devotional nestled within an exquisite and equally tempting box. Her desire to pilfer it overcomes her scruples, and her guilt and terror at doing something so audacious, so unlike her. This diabolically clever story from the New York Times–bestselling author proves Stephen King was right when he said, “You’re going to love Todd.
”. By chance, desire, and cruel twists of fate, it soon falls into the covetous grip of others—from a pickpocket to a schoolboy to a priest—as one woman’s transgression sets in motion a dreadful chain of events. With a simple sleight of hand, it’s hers. But this irresistible book of hours isn’t in her possession for long.
A simple theft leads to unforeseen tragedy in this story from the New York Times–bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries.
A Forgotten Place: A Bess Crawford Mystery Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 10
When they are released, she fears that peace will do what war couldn’t—take their lives. Their officer, writes to describe their despair, Captain Williams, and his own at trying to save his men. Requesting leave, and that bleak coal mining village, she quietly travels to Wales, but she is too late. Captain williams’ sister tells Bess he has left the valley.
Battlefield nurse bess Crawford has been assigned to a clinic for amputees, and the Welsh patients worry her. She follows him to an isolated, storm-battered peninsula—a harsh and forgotten place where secrets and death go hand in hand. She does her best to help them, but it’s clear that they have nothing to go home to, in a valley where only the fit can work in the coal pits.
Though the great war has ended, bess crawford finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland in this tenth entry from the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author. The fighting has ended, the Armistice signed, but the war has left wounds that are still agonizingly raw. And the next person in his sights is Simon Brandon, searching for Bess and unaware of his danger.
Bess feels compelled to look into their situation, but the Army and the clinic can do nothing. Bess is afraid he intends to kill himself. She quickly discovers these villagers are hiding something, and she’s learned too much to be allowed to leave.
The Black Ascot Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Book 21
Scotland yard’s ian rutledge seeks a killer who has eluded Scotland Yard for years in this next installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series. An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible—but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior at Scotland Yard.
But is this elusive murderer still in England? Now it appears that barrington has returned to England, giving the Yard a last chance to retrieve its reputation and see justice done. His disappearance began a manhunt that consumed Britain for a decade. His sister frances, Melinda Crawford, and Dr. But is he too close to finding his man? His sanity is suddenly brought into question by a shocking turn of events.
Rutledge is put in charge of a quiet search under cover of a routine review of a cold case. Alan barrington, who has evaded capture for ten years, is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horse race meet honoring the late King Edward VII. Questioning himself, he realizes that he cannot look back.
Fleming stand by him, but there is no greater shame than shell shock. Meticulously retracing the original inquiry, Rutledge begins to know Alan Barrington well, delving into relationships and secrets that hadn’t surfaced in 1910 The only way to save his career—much less his sanity—is to find Alan Barrington and bring him to justice.
A Guid Soldier A Mulholland / Strand Magazine Short
In wartime, how does one tell the difference between a remorseless killer and "a guid soldier"? "A Guid Soldier" by Charles Todd is one of 20 short stories within Mulholland Books's Strand Originals series, featuring thrilling stories by the biggest names in mystery from the Strand Magazine archives. Set during inspector rutledge's time in the Great War, Charles Todd's short story introduces a born killer.
It's world war i, and young Glaswegian Dougal Kerr is a new recruit in the British army. View the full series list at mulhollandbooks. Com and listen to them all! Dougal has no family and no past, but his easygoing demeanor belies his cheerless upbringing. There's only one thing that gives ian rutledge pause: Dougal is very good at killing, and he doesn't seem to mind it at all--in fact, he seems to relish it.
Tales: Short Stories Featuring Ian Rutledge and 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. Together they create a fascinating glimpse into the extraordinary backgrounds of two of mystery's most popular characters.
And finally to the exotic, dangerous India of Bess Crawford's youth. Now published together for the first time: charles todd's absorbing short stories—"The Kidnapping, " "Cold Comfort, " "The Girl on the Beach, " and "The Maharani's Pearls"—featuring everyone's favorite Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge and intrepid battlefield nurse Bess Crawford.
A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery Bess Crawford Mysteries Book 11
In the aftermath of world war i, nurse bess crawford attempts to save a troubled former soldier from a mysterious killer in this eleventh book in the beloved Bess Crawford mystery series from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd. The armistice of november 1918 ended the fighting, but the Great War will not be over until a Peace Treaty is drawn up and signed by all parties.
Or is it whoever? . The officers who had shared a house with him in Paris profess to know nothing—still, Bess is reluctant to trust them even when they offer her their help. But where to begin on her own?what is driving this man to a despair so profound it can only end with death? The war? Something that happened in Paris? To prevent a tragedy, she must get at the truth as quickly as possible—which means putting herself between Lieutenant Minton and whatever is destroying him.
Representatives from the Allies are gathering in Paris, and already ominous signs of disagreement have appeared. Sister bess crawford, who has been working with the severely wounded in England in the war’s wake, is asked to carry out a personal mission in Paris for a Matron at the London headquarters of The Queen Alexandra’s.
Bess is facing decisions about her own future, even as she searches for the man she is charged with helping. When she does locate lawrence minton, she finds a bitter and disturbed officer who has walked away from his duties at the Peace Conference and is well on his way toward an addiction to opiates. But what has changed him? what is it that haunts him? He can’t confide in Bess—because the truth is so deeply buried in his mind that he can only relive it in nightmares.
When she confronts him with the dangers of using laudanum, he tells her that he doesn’t care if he lives or dies, as long as he can find oblivion.
The Murder Stone: A Novel of Suspense
A stunner, exquisitely plotted and characterized, with Todd’s trademark meticulous backdrop of World War I-era England. Strand magazinethe great war is still raging when Francesca Hatton’s adored grandfather dies on the family estate in England’s isolated Exe Valley. According to hatton’s will, transported to Scotland, the Murder Stone must be dug up, and buried forever.
Was the loving protector francesca remembers really a vindictive man who cultivated dangerous enemies? At the center of the intrigue is an unusual white stone hidden in a garden where Francesca once played with her five male cousins—all dead now on France’s battlefields. A gripping read. Library Journal.
. Then a stranger appears, accusing her grandfather of murder. But before francesca can begin the journey, a series of ominous “accidents” occur. As francesca sets out to pursue the truth, she also sets herself in the sights of someone determined to exact a revenge too long overdue. Praise for the murder stone“Todd’s mysteries are among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days.
Washington post Book World “Seamless. Among his effects, francesca is stunned to find an unsigned letter cursing the Hattons and their descendants.
The Walnut Tree: A Holiday Tale Bess Crawford Mysteries
You’re going to love Todd. Stephen king, entertainment weeklythe 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 War I.
The walnut tree is an unforgettable story of a woman who puts herself in the line of fire for the sake of wounded soldiers and falls deeply in love with a man who may be forbidden to her. For anyone who has fallen under the spell of downton abbey, and Jacqueline Winspear, and for all the fans of the British-set mysteries of Elizabeth George, Ruth Rendell, Anne Perry, Martha Grimes, The Walnut Tree is essential reading.
A Better Man: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
And the question facing both Gamache and Beauvoir shifts. What would you do, if… your child’s killer might walk free? With a daughter of his own, and the social media onslaught becomes crueler, how would you feel, if…As the rivers rise, he finds himself haunted by the question, a body is discovered.
A province-wide emergency is declared and desperate efforts are underway to save towns and cities, dams and bridges. The search for vivienne Godin is played out against a backdrop of catastrophic spring flooding. As gamache leads the search for Vivienne, he develops a profound empathy for her distraught father.
Three pines itself is threatened, as the Rivière Bella Bella breaks its banks. Complicating matters, he’ll be sharing the duties with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir. Amid blistering social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment – to find a missing woman. And the victim’s father contemplates a murder of his own.
The new chief inspector gamache novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Kingdom of the Blind. The air is thick with excitement and anxiety as Sûreté du Québec agents gather in the conference room for the Monday morning meeting of the homicide department. This will be armand gamache’s first day back since his demotion from head of the entire force, to head of homicide.
The Gate Keeper: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Book 20
Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet. She swears she didn’t kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. On a deserted road, late at night, scotland yard’s ian rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.
Hours after his sister’s wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man’s face. Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he’s on the scene.
But who did wentworth kill? is his death retribution? Or has his companion lied? Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history: in Medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there. But there is no trace of him. But is he seeking justice—or fleeing painful memories in London?Wentworth was well-liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer.
When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows.
Cold Comfort: A Novella Inspector Ian Rutledge
A brand-new ian rutledge e-original novella from Charles Todd, Hunting Shadows, including a special excerpt from the next Rutledge novel, available this January. It’s 1915, and the Great War is barely six months old. Rutledge suspects that two Welsh miners cut the fuse too long, even though they deny it.
Then williams confides to rutledge that these same men, half brothers Taffy Jones and Aaron Lloyd, have tried before this to kill him. Lieutenant ian rutledge has left behind his career at Scotland Yard and is now serving in France. He’s temporarily with the sappers—men digging underground tunnels toward the German lines to set off explosions under the enemy trenches.
But the charges don’t go off. It’s madness to go back down and find out why, but Rutledge and Private Williams volunteer. And they’re determined enough to risk other men’s lives as well. They barely make it back before the tunnel blows up. Rutledge discovers in the midst of a raging battle that murder has made its way to France, and he must find a way to prove it.
In his sector, rutledge and his men set their charges and get out of the tunnel as fast as possible.