Charles Todd
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Charles Todd

Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on the east coast of the United States. Caroline has a BA in English Literature and History, and a Masters in International Relations. Charles has a BA in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Business Management, and a culinary arts degree that means he can boil more than water. Caroline has been married (to the same man) for umpteen years, and Charles is divorced.

Charles and Caroline have a rich storytelling heritage. Both spent many evenings on the porch listening to their fathers and grandfathers reminisce. And a maternal grandmother told marvelous ghost stories. This tradition allows them to write with passion about events before their own time. And an uncle/great-uncle who served as a flyer in WWI aroused an early interest in the Great War.

Charles learned the rich history of Britain, including the legends of King Arthur, William Wallace, and other heroes, as a child. Books on Nelson and by Winston Churchill were always at hand. Their many trips to England gave them the opportunity to spend time in villages and the countryside, where there'a different viewpoint from that of the large cities. Their travels are at the heart of the series they began ten years ago.

Charles's love of history led him to a study of some of the wars that shape it: the American Civil War, WWI and WWII. He enjoys all things nautical, has an international collection of seashells, and has sailed most of his life. Golf is still a hobby that can be both friend and foe. And sports in general are enthusiasms. Charles had a career as a business consultant. This experience gave him an understanding of going to troubled places where no one was glad to see him arrive. This was excellent training for Rutledge's reception as he tries to find a killer in spite of local resistance.

Caroline has always been a great reader and enjoyed reading aloud, especially poetry that told a story. The Highwayman was one of her early favorites. Her wars are WWI, the Boer War, and the English Civil War, with a sneaking appreciation of the Wars of the Roses as well. When she's not writing, she's traveling the world, gardening, or painting in oils. Her background in international affairs backs up her interest in world events, and she's also a sports fan, an enthusiastic follower of her favorite teams in baseball and pro football. She loves the sea, but is a poor sailor. (Charles inherited his iron stomach from his father.) Still, she has never met a beach she didn't like.

Both Caroline and Charles share a love of animals, and family pets have always been rescues. There was once a lizard named Schnickelfritz. Don't ask.

Writing together is a challenge, and both enjoy giving the other a hard time. The famous quote is that in revenge, Charles crashes Caroline's computer, and Caroline crashes his parties. Will they survive to write more novels together? Stay tuned! Their father/husband is holding the bets.

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    • The Gate Keeper

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 361
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 331
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 330

    On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Charles Todd does it again!!

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • A Test of Wills

    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Giles
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 721
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 642
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 635

    Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good early work in series

    • By Kathi on 01-30-14

    Regular price: $23.76

    • A Duty to the Dead

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 583
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 457

    The daughter of a distinguished soldier, Bess Crawford follows in his patriotic footsteps, volunteering to serve her country as a nurse during the Great War....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific period mystery

    • By Anne on 12-04-10

    Regular price: $18.17

    • A Casualty of War

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 156
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155

    A haunting tale that explores the impact of World War I on all who witnessed it - officers, soldiers, doctors, and battlefield nurses like Bess Crawford....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding!

    • By Kathi on 10-01-17

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Search the Dark

    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 454
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 341
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 341

    Dorset is the latest setting for the talents of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the First World War still haunted, literally, by his actions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yeah, It's Dark, Scary, and Perfectly Plotted

    • By Ted on 01-28-13

    Regular price: $30.07

    • Wings of Fire

    • Ian Rutledge, Book 2
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 448
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 403
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 401

    When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Both History and Mystery

    • By Catcher50 on 03-29-13

    Regular price: $23.76

    • Legacy of the Dead

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 279

    The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?

    • By DCinMI on 12-19-13

    Regular price: $23.76

    • The Shattered Tree

    • A Bess Crawford Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 244
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 229

    At the foot of a tree shattered by shelling and gunfire, stretcher bearers find an exhausted officer shivering with cold and a loss of blood from several wounds....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent series

    • By Kathi on 09-04-16

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Hunting Shadows

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 440
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 396
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 394

    A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge in Hunting Shadows....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Ian Rutledge book!

    • By Kathi on 02-15-14

    Regular price: $28.51

    • A Cold Treachery

    • Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 7
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 226
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224

    Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself confronted with one of the most savage murders he has ever encountered....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable listening!

    • By GrandmaG on 06-22-15

    Regular price: $27.99

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