A Fine Summer's Day

A Fine Summer's Day

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"New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd takes readers on a trip to Ian Rutledge's past, with the story of the last case the Scotland Yard detective tackles before he goes off to fight in World War I"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of Harper CollinsPublishers, [2015]
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of Harper CollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062237125
0062237128
Branch Call Number: M TODD 2015
Characteristics: 358 pages : map ; 24 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

A satisfying read in the Sgt. Rutledge saga. It's a prequel to the other books so doesn't have to be read in any specific order; plus it doesn't have the annoying Hamish talking inside Ian's head.

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readerpat
Jan 15, 2016

I enjoyed this book a lot although there were a lot of different characters to keep track of. I look forward to reading more of Charles Todd's books.

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EmilyEm
Apr 30, 2015

In a book that's the backstory for all the Ian Rutledge mysteries, we're in the summer of 1914 when the Archduke is killed in Sarajevo and Rutledge is investigating a series of deaths that appear almost suicidal. It a glimpse of his life before the Great War, before he meets Hamish McLeod who will be such a presence in life after that bloodbath.

Rutledge must do his sleuthing best in this one when multiple deaths begin to have similar circumstances. All the while he's also navigating his own hopes for marriage and cares about his younger sister. Chief Inspector Bowles is none too happy with his psychological approach to his work or his independence with his new motorcar. Another good mystery and a way for the authors to look at the Great War in its 100th anniversary year with characters we've come to know in its aftermath. Good effort.

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sandraperkins
Mar 26, 2015

I have enjoyed this series very much, and this poignant prequel is a great addition. Someone who had not read the prior books in the series could read and enjoy this book on its own, but it is so richer for those of us who know what is coming, not only for England in general but for these specific characters. The criminal investigation and plot are intricate and intriguing, but my favorite part was seeing what the characters were like before WWI caused so much damage and trauma to so many lives.

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Tentacle
Feb 25, 2015

Horribly contrived ending stretching credibility spoils this for me. Good to be able to fill in Rutledge's past.

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jazpur
Feb 01, 2015

This is a delight, going back to the beginnings of WWI. Charles Todd, as always, has the atmosphere just right and has filled in the background of Rutledge, his family and his friends, giving a detailed view of the British attitudes to the war through a memorable police investigation.

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