A Fine Summers Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Audiobook, by Charles Todd Play Audiobook Sample

A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Audiobook

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Read By: Steven Crossley Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Release Date: January 2015 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062372307

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Longest Chapter Length:

67:57 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

44 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

32:51 minutes

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Publisher Description

New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd takes readers into Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge’s past—to his perplexing final case before the outbreak of World War I.

On a fine summer’s day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.

To the north on this warm and gentle day, another man in love—a Scottish Highlander—shows his own dear girl the house he will build for her in September. While back in England, a son awaits the undertaker in the wake of his widowed mother’s death. This death will set off a series of murders across England, seemingly unconnected, that Rutledge will race to solve in the weeks before the fateful declaration in August that will forever transform his world.

As the clouds of war gather on the horizon, all of Britain wonders and waits. With every moment at stake, Rutledge sets out to right a wrong—an odyssey that will eventually force him to choose between the Yard and his country, between love and duty, and between honor and truth.

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“In this seventeenth Ian Rutledge mystery, fans will enjoy an exceptional performance by Steven Crossley…In true storyteller mode, Crossley disappears into every character, offering a seemingly endless supply of accents, voices, and personalities, whether from the Scottish Highlands or the English Lowlands. As war becomes a reality, Crossley’s remarkable character development combined with Todd’s deft plotting provides fine listening, whatever the season. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A bittersweet gift to longtime readers of this wonderful series, a prequel that opens in 1914 on one of those perfect English days, ‘peaceful, measured, and like the Empire, destined to go on forever’…The greater gift here is the portrait it presents of England before the war—and before young ladies began urging their men to march off to France.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Readers familiar with the series can’t imagine a Rutledge who doesn’t hear the voice of MacLeod in his head, and this novel adds poignancy to the Rutledge we avidly follow. Grade: A.”

    — Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • “A Fine Summer’s Day is a high point in this evocative series that has never disappointed.”

    — South Florida Sun Sentinel
  • “Pure fun for fans.”

    — Charlotte Observer (North Carolina)
  • “This novel is a fine portrayal of England on the brink of World War I. Somewhat of a prequel, the story takes place prior to the other books in the Inspector Rutledge series and provides a glimpse of Rutledge as a young man starting his career. New readers will find this engrossing tale a good introduction to the series.”

    — RT Book Reviews
  • “Rutledge deals with a killer’s past and his own future in a country readying for war. A tight plot keeps readers on the edge until the stunning final pages.”

    — Library Journal
  • “A fine standalone novel about a series of murders that rock the English countryside in the summer leading up to the declaration of WWI. But for longtime series readers, it will be much more than that, as it foreshadows the bare beginnings of what will one day become Rutledge’s deepest and most guarded secrets…Make no mistake: Todd mère et fils are in top form once again.”

    — BookPage
  • “Series fans will appreciate Todd’s seventeenth Ian Rutledge mystery, a prequel set in the summer of 1914…A scene that Todd presents early on makes this a thriller rather than a whodunit. The writing is as sharp as ever, but without the series regular Hamish MacLeod, whom Rutledge was forced to execute during WWI for disobeying orders and who subsequently haunts the shell-shocked Rutledge as a sort of ghostly Watson, newcomers won’t appreciate how extraordinary this series is.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About Charles Todd

Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline (1934-2021) and Charles Todd, a mother-and-son writing team who write the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries and the Bess Crawford mysteries, as well as stand-alone novels. Their novel Proof of Guilt was a New York Times bestseller, and A Test of Wills was named one of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year selection. Their novels have won the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, and the Anthony Award, as well as being finalists for several other awards. Charles is continuing the series.

About Steven Crossley

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.