Author: Charles Todd
Genre: Mystery & Detective
TALES is a collection of Bess Crawford and Ian Rutledge short stories published together for the first time from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd. Now published together for the first time: Charles Todd’s beloved short stories-”The Kidnapping,” “The Girl on the Beach,” “Cold Comfort,” and “The Maharani’s Pearls”-about intrepid Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge and dutiful battlefield nurse Bess Crawford. The vibrant tales transport readers from the homefront in Great Britain where the ominous clouds of war were ever-present during World War I to the bomb riddled the frontlines as soldiers desperately sought to gain ground again Germany with Lieutenant Ian Rutledge and finally to the exotic, dangerous India of Bess Crawford’s youth. Together they create an extraordinary glimpse into the treasured worlds of some of mystery’s most cherished characters.
I wanted to read this book because it’s written by a mother-son writing team, and that sounds awesome. I’m not familiar with the books of this author team, nor its characters, but this short story collection serves as a great introduction. Two stories focus on Ian Rutlegde and two on Bess Crawford. I liked the stories focusing on Ian Rutledge the most – the characters worked great, I liked the setting, and the stories were very suspenseful.
This is an excellent introduction and now I’ve read it, I want to take up the Ian Rutledge series and read it.