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Charles Todd Books In Order

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Publication Order of Inspector Ian Rutledge Books

A Test of Wills (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wings of Fire (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Search the Dark (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legacy of the Dead (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Watchers of Time (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fearsome Doubt (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Cold Treachery (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Long Shadow (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A False Mirror (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pale Horse (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Matter of Justice (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Door (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kidnapping (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Lonely Death (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Confession (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Proof of Guilt (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Comfort (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunting Shadows (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fine Summer's Day (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Shred of Evidence (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Racing the Devil (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Piper (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gatekeeper (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Ascot (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Divided Loyalty (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Fatal Lie (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Game of Fear (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bess Crawford Books

A Duty to the Dead (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Impartial Witness (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bitter Truth (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Unmarked Grave (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Question of Honor (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Unwilling Accomplice (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Maharani's Pearls (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Pattern of Lies (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shattered Tree (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Casualty of War (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Forgotten Place (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Cruel Deception (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Hanging at Dawn (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Irish Hostage (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cliff's Edge (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Murder Stone (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Walnut Tree (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Tales (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By:Robert Crais) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Taylor (By:Ken Bruen) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jack Reacher (By:Lee Child) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Parker (By:John Connolly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hieronymus Bosch (By:Michael Connelly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lincoln Rhyme (By:Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alex Delaware (By:Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tess Monaghan (By:Laura Lippman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlie Resnick (By:John Harvey) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By:Faye Kellerman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inspector Morse (By:Colin Dexter) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dismas Hardy (By:John Lescroart) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bob Lee Swagger (By:Stephen Hunter) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By:Douglas Preston) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lou Boldt (By:Ridley Pearson) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spenser (By:Robert B. Parker) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By:Anne Perry) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Rebus (By:Ian Rankin) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mallory (By:Carol O'Connell) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jane Whitefield (By:Thomas Perry) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Amos Walker (By:Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precious Ramotswe (By:Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maisie Dobbs (By:Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lincoln Lawyer (By:Michael Connelly) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By:William Link) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By:David Bell) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By:Anne Perry) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By:Ian Rankin) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By:John Harvey) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By:James W. Hall) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (By:Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (By:Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Door (By:Lisa Unger) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By:Ken Bruen)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scroll (By:Anne Perry)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By:C.J. Box)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By:Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By:William Link)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Years (By:Peter Robinson)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Thing (By:Laura Lippman)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of Ghosts (By:Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By:Andrew Taylor)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Final Testament (By:Peter Blauner)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rides a Stranger (By:David Bell)(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What's in a Name? (By:Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's in the Book (By:Mickey Spillane)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nature of My Inheritance (By:Bradford Morrow)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remaindered (By:Peter Lovesey)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compendium of Srem (By:F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gospel of Sheba (By:Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sequel (By:R.L. Stine)(2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book of the Lion (By:Thomas Perry)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Men (By:Megan Abbott)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From the Queen (By:Carolyn Hart)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Every Seven Years (By:Denise Mina)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Citadel (By:Stephen Hunter)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Condor in the Stacks (By:James Grady)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery, Inc. (By:Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companion (By:Ian Rankin)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Haze (By:James W. Hall)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By:John Harvey)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reconciliation Day (By:Christopher Fowler)(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hoodoo Harry (By:Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Little Box(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By:John Connolly)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hemingway Valise (By:Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By:Michael Koryta)(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Book Case (By:Nelson DeMille)(2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dark Door (By:Lisa Unger)(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Death Do Us Part(2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Study in Sherlock(2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deadly Pleasures(2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimespree Magazine #58(2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Knell V(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Malice Domestic 11(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder, They Wrote: Five Bibliomysteries by Edgar Award-Winning Authors(2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Odd Partners(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives(2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Charles Todd is a name that represents two authors. The two writers, Caroline and her son Charles Todd, write novels on crime. Their stories mainly revolve around the issue of the World War One. They live on along the eastern coast of America. Interestingly though, their books are set in Britain. Charles is middle aged while his mother is a little advanced in age but she carries herself with such grace.Like Agatha Christie and her famous character Hercule Poirot, the Charles Todd team has also written a series of novels with a key character Ian Rutledge. Ian Rutledge is an inspector who survived the war and comes back home to continue with a normal like as a police inspector. The other novels under their name are the Bess Crawford series and two separate novels. The novels are creatively woven with themes and stories that resonate well with most readers.

It is worthy to note, that the pair of Caroline and Charles Todd became authors by chance. They wrote the first manuscript in 1994 expecting to get just a mere critique from the editor, but to their amazement, the editor was thoroughly impressed and their first novel, A Test of Wills was published. That is how their careers as authors kick started and they have not looked back since. Since then, they have written other novels such as Wings of Fire, Legacy of the Dead, An Unmarked Grave among others. Their books have been well received by readers which gives them motivation to keep writing. Notably, their novels have themes that readers can relate to at an emotional level. They have a unique style of writing that distinguishes their books from other writers.

Their novels have been recognized and awarded various accolades in the literary world. For instance the novel, Search The Dark won in the 1999 Reviewers Choice Award in the category of Best Historical Mystery. In the following year, The Legacy of the Dead was ranked number three in the New York Times Notable Book list and was also nominated for the Antony Award. Their other books An Unmarked Grave and A Question of Honor won the Agatha award in 2012 and 2013 respectively. This is a clear pointer to how the two writers have established themselves in the crime writing genre despite their late entrant into the field.

It is amazing to see how their novels have been able stay relevant and claim a readership during this internet era. Their novels have defied the odds to top the best sellers list in Europe.This is proof that there are book readers despite the advancement in the communication technology. Therefore, the print industry is not going to fizzle out any time soon with the ready market for such books.

The two are well educated which explains why they are open -minded and have been exposed to many cultures. The Mother has a degree in English, Literature and History while the son has a Degree in communication with a bias in Business management. They are also avid readers according to what they said during aninterview with a media station. The mother and son unique team also attributed their success in their writing career to the culture of reading and story telling that has been in the family for a long time.

The writing career has not come without a price though. The two have had to sacrifice their leisure time to create ideas and research on historic information. Their hard work has usually paid off as is evidenced by the deep well researched content of their novels. Writing a book requires a lot of introspection and careful planning and their experience has not been any different. They said during an interview with a British media house that they have always managed to cooperate and work together when developing a story for a book.

The two camera shy authors are hardly seen in the media. They are content in living a private life away from public scrutiny.The mother stays with her long time husband but the son has been divorced for some time now. Their joint writing venture has always been a wonder to their fans as well as the husband and father. But somehow, the two manage come up with a story that flows from the beginning to the end without a sign that the story was composed by two independent minds. That is a mystery that only the two writers understand.

The phenomenon of two writers collaborating is however not very surreal, Dick Francis also wrote his crime novels with the help of his wife. The only difference is that the Charles Todd partnership is between blood relatives. However, Instead of having conflicts now and then, the two work in harmony. The two writers are also not full time authors. They have their own private careers besides writing and only write novels as a hobby.

Their novels have not yet been adapted into movies but the fans have been inquiring when that could happen. Most fans would like to see how the stories would play out in a TV series or movies. The stories could make a thrilling screen story and make viewer’s imagination run wild. The Bess Crawford novels in particular have had a wider fan base pushing for a movie based on the novels.The two authors have said 2012 in numerous forums that they look forward to having their books adapted into films so that they could reach a wider audience. Therefore, the interested directors in the film industry have a task to liaise with the authors and make the readers’ dreams come true.

In conclusion, the future of the Todd pair writing career appears promising. For as long as the two writers continue to pursue

their writing,passion they will always have a ready market that they have won over the years.Based on the lives of these two, it is never too late to become a writer if you think you have a talent for weaving words into a beautiful story. With enough dedication, sacrifice and hard work, a writing career can be in the offing for any one. We just hope to read more crime based stories from the two writers and wait to see some of their best novels incorporated into films.

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