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A fine summer's day
Todd, Charles, author.
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[New York] : Harper Audio : Blackstone, [2015]
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11 audio discs (approximately 789 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd takes readers on a trip to Ian Rutledge₂s past, with the story of the last case the Scotland Yard detective tackles before he goes off to fight in World War I.
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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 is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.

To the north on this warm and gentle day, another man in love--a Scottish Highlander--shows his own dear girl the house he will build for her in September. While back in England, a son awaits the undertaker in the wake of his widowed mother's death. This death will set off a series of murders across England, seemingly unconnected, that Rutledge will race to solve in the weeks before the fateful declaration in August that will forever transform his world.

As the clouds of war gather on the horizon, all of Britain wonders and waits. With every moment at stake, Rutledge sets out to right a 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.

Author Notes

Charles Todd is a pen name for Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother and son writing team. Caroline received a BA in English literature and history and a Masters in international relations. Charles received a BA in communication studies with an emphasis on business management, and a culinary arts degree. They have written numerous novels including Bess Crawford Mystery series and the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery series.

(Bowker Author Biography) Charles Todd is the author of three previous mysteries: "A Test of Wills," "Wings of Fire," & "Search the Dark"; with the publication of "Legacy of the Dead," Todd will be published hard/soft by Bantam Books.

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Booklist Review

Before WWI, before he had the haunting voice of a dead soldier in his head, Ian Rutledge was a Scotland Yard inspector. This new entry in the Rutledge series is an origin story, a chance to see a familiar character in unfamiliar circumstances. It's June 1914. Archduke Ferdinand has just been assassinated in Sarajevo, an event that barely registers on the periphery of Rutledge's consciousness; Rutledge, you see, is much more concerned with matters closer to home, like his impending marriage proposal to a beautiful woman and, less happily, a series of murders that will require all of his skills to solve. Interestingly, even though he has yet to endure the events that will torture him for many years, Rutledge is strikingly familiar here, a sharp-witted and relentless investigator with a strong sense of compassion. A very welcome addition to, and expansion of, a much-loved series.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Series fans will appreciate Todd's 17th Ian Rutledge mystery (after 2014's Hunting Shadows), a prequel set in the summer of 1914. Rutledge, a Scotland Yard inspector, has just gotten engaged, and as the guns of August loom, he lands a tricky murder case in Dorset. Furniture maker Ben Clayton-who had no obvious enemies-was hanged from his staircase by an intruder. More deaths follow, but a scene that Todd (the mother-son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd) presents early on makes this a thriller rather than a whodunit. The writing is as sharp as ever, but without the series regular Hamish MacLeod, whom Rutledge was forced to execute during WWI for disobeying orders and who subsequently haunts the shell-shocked Rutledge as a sort of ghostly Watson, newcomers won't appreciate how extraordinary this series is. Five-city author tour. Agent: Jane Chelius, Jane Chelius Literary Agency. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

It was a fine summer's day in 1914 when life changed for so many people: Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge proposed to his longtime companion, Jean Gordon, Archduke Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, and the death of a mother sparked a trail of murders, leading Rutledge across the English countryside in search of the killer. As Rutledge closes in on the solution to the case, rumors of war become a reality, and the inspector must not only deal with the aftermath of his investigation but also face the increasing needs of his betrothed, family, Scotland Yard, and Britain itself. VERDICT In this prequel and 17th series entry (after Hunting Shadows), Rutledge deals with a killer's past and his own future in a country readying for war. A tight plot keeps readers on the edge until the stunning final pages. [See Prepub Alert, 7/28/14.] (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.