A Fine Summer’s Day
By: Charles Todd
On the verge of the first Great War, the sleepy British countryside is rocked by a series of murders in the recently released A Fine Summer’s Day. Seemingly unconnected, a young inspector from Scotland Yard is tasked with solving these individually before his impending nuptials. All of Britain is humming with the threat of retribution or invasion creating an exciting backdrop for murder investigations. Young men running off to enlist, the Yard short on staff and the threat of escalation all expounds the pressure to get these murders solved quickly. A silent killer, using laudanum to steal the lives of his victims sends young Ian Rutledge back and forth across the country to connect the dots and piece together the story.
A smooth read, this novel transports you across the pond to pre-war England. In a different time and place a familiar series of events play out – murder, jealousy, pain and revenge, all against the backdrop of impending war. Europe is about to burst into flames and yet Rutledge remains focused and dedicated. By itself or read in order, this novel is an enjoyable experience from cover to cover. At times, as the reader, you are reminded of Sherlock, and others, of Downton Abbey. Curl up in front of a roaring fire and escape from the cold with A Fine Summer’s Day. Whether you want a change of scenery, a challenging mystery, a look back into history or just an entertaining book, this one is a great selection for you.