Book Review: Tales by Charles Todd

Tales_CoverTitle: Tales
Author: Charles Todd
Genre: Mystery / Suspense
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

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.

Tales offers four stories set in the worlds of Bess Crawford and Ian Rutlegde, and a sneak peek at the new Bess Crawford book, A Pattern of Lies. The Ian Rutlegde stories, “Cold Comfort” and “The Kdnapping” both take place during and after World War 1, whereas the Bess Crawford stories take place during the Great War.

Despite being short stories, the plot is fleshed out and the stories offer a good introduction to the series. There’s plenty of mystery and suspense in each of them, and they made me eager to read the full-length books featuring these characters.

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