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Publication Order of Inspector Ian Rutledge Books

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

Publication Order of Bess Crawford Books

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Murder Stone (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Walnut Tree (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Kincaid (By: William Bernhardt) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Bibliomysteries Books

The Book of Virtue (By: Ken Bruen)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scroll (By: Anne Perry)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pronghorns of the Third Reich (By: C.J. Box)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Acceptable Sacrifice (By: Jeffery Deaver)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Leaves a Bookmark (By: William Link)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Years (By: Peter Robinson)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Thing (By: Laura Lippman)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of Ghosts (By: Reed Farrel Coleman)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Book Club (By: Loren D. Estleman)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Sonata of the Dead (By: Andrew Taylor)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Testament (By: Peter Blauner)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rides a Stranger (By: David Bell)(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What's in a Name? (By: Thomas H. Cook)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
It's in the Book (By: Max Allan Collins,Mickey Spillane)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nature of My Inheritance (By: Bradford Morrow)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Remaindered (By: Peter Lovesey)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compendium of Srem (By: F. Paul Wilson)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gospel of Sheba (By: Lyndsay Faye)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sequel (By: R.L. Stine)(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book of the Lion (By: Thomas Perry)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Men (By: Megan Abbott)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Seven Years (By: Denise Mina)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Citadel (By: Stephen Hunter)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Condor in the Stacks (By: James Grady)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery, Inc. (By: Joyce Carol Oates)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Travelling Companion (By: Ian Rankin)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Haze (By: James W. Hall)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Dames Don't Sing (By: John Harvey)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reconciliation Day (By: Christopher Fowler)(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hoodoo Harry (By: Joe R. Lansdale)(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pretty Little Box(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository (By: John Connolly)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hemingway Valise (By: Robert Olen Butler)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Honest Horse Thief (By: Michael Koryta)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Book Case (By: Nelson DeMille)(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Queen (By: Carolyn Hart)(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Girl Who Did Say No (By: David Handler)(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Martin Edwards)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dark Door (By: Lisa Unger)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Honeymoon Trap (By: Peter Swanson)(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Death Do Us Part(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Study in Sherlock(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Pleasures(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimespree Magazine #58(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Knell V(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 11(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, They Wrote: Five Bibliomysteries by Edgar Award-Winning Authors(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Odd Partners(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Cat Weekly #50(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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