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A Fatal Lie

Following A Divided Loyalty, the latest in the series is a complicated investigation that bogs down halfway through as Rutledge chases too many lies and missing people. Despite the slow pace, fans of the series will want Todd’s latest historical mystery.

A Cruel Deception

The 11th “Bess Crawford” historical mystery, following A Forgotten Place, will appeal to readers of the series and possibly fans of Jacqueline Winspear’s “Maisie Dobbs” books. However, most readers will find it slow going and plodding with little mystery. [See Prepub Alert, 2/25/19.]


A Forgotten Place

A typical entry in this World War I mystery series, filled with period detail but rather light on character development. Readers may become impatient with Bess's impulsive behavior, as her compassion so often gets her into trouble. [See Prepub Alert, 3/12/18.]

A Casualty of War: A Bess Crawford Mystery

Flawed but still enjoyable for series fans. [See Prepub Alert, 3/23/17.]

The Shattered Tree: A Bess Crawford Mystery

In her eighth outing (after A Pattern of Lies), World War I nurse Bess Crawford spots on the streets of Paris a former French Army patient now wearing an American uniform...

No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

As always, Todd skillfully explores human emotion and motivations and is a master at creating an evocative setting. Not the strongest entry in the series but still enjoyable for fans of historical mysteries. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/15.]

A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

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.]

An Unwilling Accomplice

Todd's mystery is a puzzle that readers will enjoy trying to solve, but lead characters Bess and her friend Simon keep the pages turning. It is also very timely as people will doubtlessly be interested in World War I books since the centennial of the start of the war is this summer. Recommended for fans of cozies, historical fiction mysteries, and strong female sleuths. [See Prepub Alert, 2/10/14.]

Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

War memories always filter through Inspector Rutledge's consciousness, but World War I rears up again when a sniper ruins a wedding in Ely Cathedral—and the killer doesn't stop at one...

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