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Tales: Short Stories Featuring Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford

by Charles Todd

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I'm quite thankful for this collection of short stories because it gave me a chance to finally read something by Charles Todd. I own the first book in both the Bess Crawford and the Ian Rutledge series, but I have not read any one of them yet. I also have the latest Bess Crawford book A Pattern of Lies so this gave me an opportunity to read about both Crawford and Rutledge and see if I find the stories and the characters to my liking. And, I did. Yes, these stories are not so long, but they are well written and interesting and left me with a feeling of needing more and of course since this is me we are talking about a need for both characters to actually meet since both series takes place during the same period. Another thing, perhaps it's the period, but reading Bess Crawford made me thinking about Laurie R. Kings series about Mary Russell. Something about Bess made me think about her. Can be that they both took care of wounded people during WW1 or something. But I think readers of the Mary Russell series would like Charles Todd's books as well.

Now on to the stories. There were two stories each about Bess Crawford and Ian Rutledge.

Bess Crawford finds a dead body on a beach in “The Girl on the Beach” and she and the local police try to find out who the dead girl is and who took her life. I liked the story. I got introduced to Bess and I instantly liked her and felt that I wanted to know more about her. 3.5 stars

In the Maharani's Pearls, we got to meet Bess and her parents in India. Bess is told by a fortuneteller that someone she cares for is in danger. I liked this because we got a story about Bess when she was younger and it gave an interesting glimpse into her childhood in India. 3 stars

A young gets kidnapped in The Kidnapping: and Ian Rutledge must figure out why anyone would kidnap her and who's behind it. Since it's a very short story isn't it really time to get to know Ian Rutledge that well, but he seems to be a capable policeman. 3 stars

In Cold Comfort must Ian Rutledge figure out why two brothers want a man dead while fighting in the First World War. This story was really good, it started a bit slow, but, in the end, it was my favorite story in this collection. 4 stars

The collection also contained the first two chapters of the new book A pattern of Lies and I usually try not to read chapters of a book, but I did it this time since this was a blog tour and also since I do have the book so I knew I could continue with reading A pattern of Lies if I wanted to. And, I wanted to, but that is another story...

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley return for an honest review! Thank you! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
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"Now published together for the first time: Charles Todd's absorbing short stories--'The Kidnapping,' 'The Girl on the Beach,' 'Cold Comfort,' and 'The Maharani's Pearls'--featuring everyone's favorite Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge and intrepid battlefield nurse Bess Crawford. These vibrant tales transport readers from the home front in Great Britain where ominous clouds of war will soon lead to the trenches of France, to the bloody front lines where Lieutenant Rutledge must risk his life to save his men. And finally to the exotic, dangerous India of Bess Crawford's youth. Together they create a fascinating glimpse into the extraordinary backgrounds of two of mystery's most popular characters." --… (more)

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