Run-up. Fans of fictional series often clamor for an expanded backstory about the protagonist. In the seventeenth installment of the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd, those readers are rewarded. In a novel titled, A Fine Summer’s Day, Todd presents Rutledge in 1914 and the run-up to World War I. The title refers to the pleasant day in June when Rutledge is poised to propose marriage. Between that day in June and the guns of war in August, Rutledge doggedly pursues a case that will provide great entertainment both to loyal readers and to anyone who loves crime fiction. Themes of coercion and love for others weave in and out of the narrative and provide a backdrop for the duty of Rutledge to his job and to his country.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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