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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.

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    Fabulous prequel!

    A fabulous read! This is a prequel to the previous Ian Rutledge novels and starts on "A Fine Summer's Day"; Ian proposes to Jean in London & the Austrian heir is assassinated in Sarajevo. What follows both events will shape Ian's future. In the meantime, Ian is embroiled in a series of mysterious deaths and his handling of the deaths, that he believes are murders, will determine his future relationship with his boss Bowles & explain much of the antipathy between the two in later years. A haunting novel that captures England before the Great War and Ian before he is haunted by Hamish.

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    Suspense without the gory details!

    This series is a refreshing change from modern crime fiction the writers of which, tend to compete with each other to shock and revolt the reader with gory details which add nothing to the suspense. Todd has a talent for history and a good grasp of crime fiction. A great read!

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    A Fine Summer Day

    This was another well plotted book by Todd Charles, read it to not only enjoy the story itself but to also gain a better understanding of Inspector Ian Rutledge!

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