A Fine Summer's Day

A Fine Summer's Day

Book - 2015
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"New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd takes readers into Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge's past--to his perplexing final case before the outbreak of World War I.On a fine summer's day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.To the north on this warm and gentle day, another man in love--a Scottish Highlander--shows his own dear girl the house he will build for her in September. While back in England, a son awaits the undertaker in the wake of his widowed mother's death. This death will set off a series of murders across England, seemingly unconnected, that Rutledge will race to solve in the weeks before the fateful declaration in August that will forever transform his world.As the clouds of war gather on the horizon, all of Britain wonders and waits. With every moment at stake, Rutledge sets out to right a wrong--an odyssey that will eventually force him to choose between the Yard and his country, between love and duty, and between honor and truth"--
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062237125
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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