Caroline and Charles Todd

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Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. This mother-and-son writing team lives in the eastern United States, in North Carolina and Delaware respectively.

The authors are best known for a series of novels, set in post World War I England. The books deal with the cases of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the European campaigns who is attempting to pick up the pieces of his Scotland Yard career. However, he must keep his greatest burden a secret: suffering from shell shock, he lives with the constant, cynical, taunting voice of Hamish MacLeod, a young Scots soldier he was forced to execute on the battlefield for refusing an order.

They are also the authors of a series about Bess Crawford, a nurse serving in France during World War I.


  • A Test of Wills (1996) – was nominated for the John Creasey Award in the United Kingdom; other nominations are the Edgar Award,[1] an Anthony,[2] and the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Dilys Award.[3] The work won the Barry Award[4] from the Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine. The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association named A Test of Wills one of the 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century,[5] and it received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.
  • Wings of Fire (1998) – received a nomination for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association Dilys Award[3] and was shortlisted for first Ellis Peters Mystery Award in the United Kingdom
  • Legacy of the Dead (2000) – received an Anthony Award nomination.[2]
  • An Unmarked Grave (2012) – received an Agatha Award nomination for Best Historical Novel.[6]
  • A Question of Honor (2013) – won the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel.[6]


Featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge

Featuring Bess Crawford

Stand-alone Novels


  1. ^ "Best First Novel Edgar Award". Mystery Writers of America. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Anthony Award Nominees and Winners". Bouchercon World Mystery Convention. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Dilys Award". Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "1997 Best first Novel Barry Award". Deadly Pleasures Magazine. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Booksellers' 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Twentieth Century". Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Agatha Awards". Malice Domestic. Archived from the original on January 21, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 

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