Charles Todd Books

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Charles Todd is the name used by the American writers Caroline and Charles Todd. The duo is mother and son, and both live on the East Coast of United States. Caroline, Charles mother, has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and History and also has a master’s degree in International Relations. Her son, Charles has a BA in Communication Studies.

Order of Inspector Ian Rutledge Series

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1A Test Of Wills 1994Description / Buy
2Wings of Fire 1998Description / Buy
3Search the Dark 1999Description / Buy
4Legacy of the Dead 2000Description / Buy
5Watchers of Time 2001Description / Buy
6A Fearsome Doubt 2002Description / Buy
7A Cold Treachery 2005Description / Buy
8A Long Shadow 2006Description / Buy
9A False Mirror 2007Description / Buy
10A Pale Horse 2007Description / Buy
11A Matter of Justice 2008Description / Buy
12The Red Door 2009Description / Buy
13The Kidnapping 2010Description / Buy
14A Lonely Death 2011Description / Buy
15The Confession 2011Description / Buy
16Proof of Guilt 2013Description / Buy
17Cold Comfort (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
18Hunting Shadows 2014Description / Buy
19A Fine Summer's Day 2015Description / Buy
20No Shred of Evidence 2016Description / Buy
21Racing the Devil 2017Description / Buy
22The Piper (Short Story) 2017Description / Buy
23The Gatekeeper 2018Description / Buy
24The Black Ascot 2019Description / Buy
25A Divided Loyalty 2020Description / Buy
26A Fatal Lie 2021Description / Buy
27A Game of Fear 2022Description / Buy

Order of Bess Crawford Series

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1A Duty to the Dead 2009Description / Buy
2An Impartial Witness 2010Description / Buy
3A Bitter Truth 2011Description / Buy
4An Unmarked Grave 2012Description / Buy
5A Question of Honor 2013Description / Buy
6An Unwilling Accomplice 2014Description / Buy
7The Maharani's Pearls 2014Description / Buy
8A Pattern of Lies 2015Description / Buy
9The Shattered Tree 2016Description / Buy
10A Casualty of War 2017Description / Buy
11A Forgotten Place 2018Description / Buy
12A Cruel Deception 2019Description / Buy
13A Hanging at Dawn (Short Story) 2020Description / Buy
14An Irish Hostage 2021Description / Buy

Order of Charles Todd Standalone Novels

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1The Murder Stone 2003Description / Buy

Order of Charles Todd Short Stories/Novellas

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1The Walnut Tree 2012Description / Buy

Order of Charles Todd Short Story Collections

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1Tales 2015Description / Buy

Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1The Book of Ghosts (Short Story) ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2011Description / Buy
2The Book Thing ( By: Laura Lippman) 2012Description / Buy
3The Book of Virtue ( By: Ken Bruen) 2012Description / Buy
4Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Short Story) ( By: C.J. Box) 2012Description / Buy
5The Book Case ( By: Nelson DeMille) 2012Description / Buy
6An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2012Description / Buy
7Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link) 2012Description / Buy
8The Final Testament (Short Story) ( By: Peter Blauner) 2013Description / Buy
9Rides a Stranger (Short Story) ( By: David Bell) 2013Description / Buy
10The Long Sonata of the Dead (Short Story) ( By: Andrew Taylor) 2013Description / Buy
11What's in a Name? (Short Story) ( By: Thomas H. Cook) 2014Description / Buy
12Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey) 2014Description / Buy
13The Compendium of Srem (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson) 2014Description / Buy
14The Sequel (Short Story) ( By: R.L. Stine) 2014Description / Buy
15The Gospel of Sheba (Short Story) ( By: Lyndsay Faye) 2014Description / Buy
16Book Club (Short Story) ( By: Loren D. Estleman) 2014Description / Buy
17The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow) 2014Description / Buy
18It's in the Book (Short Story) ( By: Mickey Spillane) 2014Description / Buy
19The Scroll (Short Story) ( By: Anne Perry) 2014Description / Buy
20The Book of the Lion (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry) 2015Description / Buy
21The Little Men (Short Story) ( By: Megan Abbott) 2015Description / Buy
22Condor in the Stacks (Short Story) ( By: James Grady) 2015Description / Buy
23Mystery, Inc. (Short Story) ( By: Joyce Carol Oates) 2015Description / Buy
24Every Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Denise Mina) 2015Description / Buy
25From the Queen (Short Story) ( By: Carolyn Hart) 2015Description / Buy
26The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin) 2016Description / Buy
27Citadel (Short Story) ( By: Stephen Hunter) 2016Description / Buy
28Reconciliation Day (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Fowler) 2016Description / Buy
29Dead Dames Don't Sing (Short Story) ( By: John Harvey) 2016Description / Buy
30The Haze (Short Story) ( By: James W. Hall) 2016Description / Buy
31Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) ( By: Joe R. Lansdale) 2017Description / Buy
32The Pretty Little Box (Short Story) 2018Description / Buy
33Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Peter Robinson) 2018Description / Buy
34The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler) 2018Description / Buy
35The Last Honest Horse Thief ( By: Michael Koryta) 2018Description / Buy
36The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly) 2018Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Series

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1The Book of Virtue ( By: Ken Bruen)2012Description / Buy
2The Scroll (Short Story) ( By: Anne Perry)2014Description / Buy
3Pronghorns of the Third Reich (Short Story) ( By: C.J. Box)2012Description / Buy
4An Acceptable Sacrifice ( By: Jeffery Deaver)2012Description / Buy
5Death Leaves a Bookmark (Short Story) ( By: William Link)2012Description / Buy
6Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Peter Robinson)2018Description / Buy
7The Book Thing ( By: Laura Lippman)2012Description / Buy
8The Book of Ghosts (Short Story) ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman)2011Description / Buy
9Book Club (Short Story) ( By: Loren D. Estleman)2014Description / Buy
10The Long Sonata of the Dead (Short Story) ( By: Andrew Taylor)2013Description / Buy
11The Final Testament (Short Story) ( By: Peter Blauner)2013Description / Buy
12Rides a Stranger (Short Story) ( By: David Bell)2013Description / Buy
13What's in a Name? (Short Story) ( By: Thomas H. Cook)2014Description / Buy
14It's in the Book (Short Story) ( By: Mickey Spillane)2014Description / Buy
15The Nature of My Inheritance (Short Story) ( By: Bradford Morrow)2014Description / Buy
16Remaindered (Short Story) ( By: Peter Lovesey)2014Description / Buy
17The Compendium of Srem (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson)2014Description / Buy
18The Gospel of Sheba (Short Story) ( By: Lyndsay Faye)2014Description / Buy
19The Sequel (Short Story) ( By: R.L. Stine)2014Description / Buy
20The Book of the Lion (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry)2015Description / Buy
21The Little Men (Short Story) ( By: Megan Abbott)2015Description / Buy
22From the Queen (Short Story) ( By: Carolyn Hart)2015Description / Buy
23Every Seven Years (Short Story) ( By: Denise Mina)2015Description / Buy
24Citadel (Short Story) ( By: Stephen Hunter)2016Description / Buy
25Condor in the Stacks (Short Story) ( By: James Grady)2015Description / Buy
26Mystery, Inc. (Short Story) ( By: Joyce Carol Oates)2015Description / Buy
27The Travelling Companion ( By: Ian Rankin)2016Description / Buy
28The Haze (Short Story) ( By: James W. Hall)2016Description / Buy
29Dead Dames Don't Sing (Short Story) ( By: John Harvey)2016Description / Buy
30Reconciliation Day (Short Story) ( By: Christopher Fowler)2016Description / Buy
31Hoodoo Harry (Short Story) ( By: Joe R. Lansdale)2017Description / Buy
32The Pretty Little Box (Short Story)2018Description / Buy
33The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository ( By: John Connolly)2018Description / Buy
34The Hemingway Valise ( By: Robert Olen Butler)2018Description / Buy
35The Last Honest Horse Thief ( By: Michael Koryta)2018Description / Buy
36The Book Case ( By: Nelson DeMille)2012Description / Buy

Charles Todd Anthologies

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1 Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder2006Description / Buy
2 A Study in Sherlock2011Description / Buy
3 Death Knell V2016Description / Buy
4 Silent Night, Deadly Night2016Description / Buy
5 Odd Partners2019Description / Buy
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Caroline is married to the same man for many years while her son is divorced. The duo childhood stories told by their grandparents and uncle and great uncle service in the military during the World War 1 sparked their passion in writing.

The Charles Todd team is best known for its prolific work, A Duty to the Dead. It is a story of a daughter of a distinguished soldier who travels overseas to serve as a nurse during the Great War. However, she is entangled in events which lead her to a great discovery and spawned the Bess Crawford Mystery series.

CHARLES TODD AWARDS:

The 1996 novel A Test of Wills was nominated for the John Creasey Award in the United Kingdom. Other nominations that the same book won are Edgar Award, the Dilys Award and the Barry Award. The novel was named among the top 100 best sellers of the 20th Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Wings of Fire of 1998 was nominated for the Dilys Award and was later shortlisted for Ellis Peters Mystery Award. The Legacy of the Dead (2000) was nominated for the Anthony Award. An Unmarked Grave (2012) and A Question of Honor (2013) were awarded Agatha Award for being the best historical novel.

BEST CHARLES TODD BOOKS:

A Duty to the Dead. It is a story of a daughter of a distinguished military man. She is determined to follow her father’s footsteps and is willing to work as a nurse during the Great War. She serves to treat the wounded. It is during this time she encounters a dying lieutenant whom she promises to deliver a message to the soldier brother, Jonathan Graham. The dying man tells Bess Crawford to tell his brother that he had lied but for the sake of their mother. Later she returns home after her ship sinks when hit by a mine.

She is determined to fulfill her promise and travels to the village where Graham lives. Upon disclosing the message to the family, none of the family members admit to knowing what the message meant.

Bess later learns that there is indeed another brother imprisoned in a lunatic asylum since the age of 14. He was detained after being accused of killing a housemaid.

Bess instincts tell her that the dying lieutenant message has something to with the imprisoned brother. She decides to investigate on her own because the family seems unwilling to do anything.

A Test of Wills. It is the summer of 1919, and Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is trying to piece up his old life back after a four-year service in the trenches of the World War 1. He is still recovering from the shell shock. He is later assigned to a case in a small village; he is determined to solve the mystery surrounding the case, a case that could end his career.

He is assigned to investigate the mystery behind the death of Colonel Charles Harris, a soldier, and a land owner. The soldier is killed by a shotgun blast. Ian begins an investigation into the murder and discovers that Harris had no enemies and cannot imagine who had the motives to kill him.

He interrogates Lettice Wood, Wilton, Mavers a troublemaker, and Catherine Tarrant a rejected artist. Lettice was Harris Ward and Wilton’s fiancée. Ian finally gets a breakthrough to the case after interrogating the shell-shocked Hickam.

It appears that Ian Rutledge is haunted by his internal demon named Hamish McLeod, a voice in Ian’s head which comments on every that the detective takes.

Rutledge finds a doll where Harris died which ends ups as the key to the case. The doll belongs to a little girl who constantly has nightmares after seeing the headless body of Captain Harris.

Detective Ian discovers that Lettice Wood and Captain Harris were lovers and that they had informed Wilton, Lettice fiancee that her engagement to him was over.

During Harris’ funeral, Rutledge pieces up the final missing parts of the puzzle.

When Does The Next Charles Todd book come out?

The next book by Charles Todd is An Irish Hostage and will be released on July, 6th 2021. It is the newest book in the Bess Crawford Series.

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1 thought on “Charles Todd”

  1. I don’t think I was aware that Charles Todd is actually a pen name for a mother and son writing team of Caroline and Charles Todd. Is it just me or is it weird to have a mother and son writing team? Just look at some pictures of them on Google.

    Despite that, the books are decent. The plots can drag at points but still interesting mystery novels, as long as you can get through the dull parts.

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