I was initially disapointed in this because I was looking for historical fiction. Although set in Britian in the aftermath of wwI, I found this lacking in historical detail. But as a mystery it was excellent, an English country mystery reminiscent of Miss Marple, but darker. The detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, was shell-shocked in the war and is trying to resume his promising police career while fighting his own demons. Meanwhile he struggles to find out who killed Colonel Harris, one of the most beloved citizens of Upper Streetham, a village in Warwickshire. The cast of characters was interesting, the tone was properly onimous, and the ending was a total surprise and creepy as well. Charles Todd is the nom de plume of an American mother and son writing team. Like Elizabeth George they out British the Brits.