Mother and Son Team-up to Write Jolly Good Mysteries
October 16, 2013
After reading a couple of Charles Todd’s novels, it wasn’t hard for me to imagine that it took two creative minds to realize them. Charles and Caroline Todd’s series featuring Ian Rutledge, a Scotland Yard detective, is set immediately after World War I when wounds on the land and its people, both physical and mental, were still raw. Rutledge suffers from shell shock. We’d call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder these days. Trauma and healing are themes that touch almost every character.
The Todds' novels have that stiff-upper-lip, British tone that I love and the intellect and complexity of classic English mysteries. Think P.D. James or Agatha Christie. But I enjoyed the added depth of Rutledge’s flawed character. He’s a smart, likeable hero who gets the job done despite struggles with inner demons that leave him teetering on the edge of sanity and suicide.
The Kearney Branch Book Group will discuss The Red Door on October 4th at 10 a.m. If you’d rather start Ian Rutledge’s story from the beginning, read A Test of Wills. The authors’ newer series, set in the same time period, features a WWI nurse named Bess Crawford. Her story begins with A Duty to the Dead. If you love mysteries, you're in for a treat with this... these authors.