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Charles Todd is the pen name used by the mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd. Together they write the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford Series. They have published two standalone mystery novels and many short stories.

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Charles Todd Dear Candace:

The Black Ascot #21 in the Ian Rutledge series goes on sale February 5, 2019. We think it is a story you will enjoy. For a sneak peek…more
Dear Candace:

The Black Ascot #21 in the Ian Rutledge series goes on sale February 5, 2019. We think it is a story you will enjoy. For a sneak peek look up the Black Ascot Horse Race of 1910, It sets the backdrop for this new mystery.(less)
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CHARLES AND CAROLINE: We don’t really believe in writer’s block. What really happens is you’ve made a wrong turn somewhere and lost your way. What you…more

CHARLES AND CAROLINE: We don’t really believe in writer’s block. What really happens is you’ve made a wrong turn somewhere and lost your way. What you have to do then is go back to where the book was working well, and look for what went wrong. It may be that a character is out of touch, or the plot took an awkward turn, or your view of the book is off track. And you may have to rip out anywhere from a few to a lot of pages to get back to where you want to be. But once you find that point, and ruthlessly cut out the mistake(s), you’ll feel better about what you’re trying to accomplish. If you can’t find that point, it may be that you need to rethink the whole concept. There’s a big difference between a great idea and a great story. Some ideas just don’t pan out, and you need to rethink them.
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" We don't describe Rutledge or Bess very often--usually it's in general terms, because we want the reader to picture them in their own imagination. But ...more "
" Thanks, Kathy. We enjoy going to convention for this very reason. You write a book sitting in a room by yourself. You have to go to conventions to mee ...more "
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“That's the point of working with one's hands, you see. It gives the mind something else to do besides worry.”
Charles Todd, A Duty to the Dead

“I decided to become a policeman to speak for the dead. They have no one else, you see. Somewhere there’s always proof of what happened, some piece of evidence that will obtain a conviction. It’s important for the guilty to be brought to justice, I think. Without justice, there’s chaos.”
Charles Todd, A Long Shadow

“Tell me something. Why is everyone so determined to believe Wilton is innocent?"

Surprised, Davies said, "He's a war hero isn't he? Admired by the King and a friend of the Prince of Wales. He's visited Sandringham, been received by Queen Mary herself! A man like that doesn’t go around killing people!"

With a wry downturn of his lips, Rutledge silently asked, How did he win his medals, you fool, if not by being so very damned good at killing?”
Charles Todd, A Test of Wills

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