This thin (159 page) collection features two of Todd’s series characters, Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford, supplying two stories for each. The stories are each about twenty pages in length, and the book also has a preview of the Crawford mystery, A Pattern of Lies, the next (at the time) novel in that series.
These stories are quite enjoyable, and I found myself wanting more of them. Hopefully, in the future, more will be collected. I found this book to be quite satisfactory, and led me to read the first novel in the Crawford series, A Duty to the Dead, which I enjoyed. Also, I can’t remember if I’ve read the first of the Ian Rutledge books, but it’s on the shelf. So this collection does what any good one does, it makes the reader want more of the author’s work.
- “The Kidnapping” (Rutledge)
- “The Girl on the Beach” (Rutledge)
- “Cold Comfort” (Crawford)
- “The Maharani’s Pearls” (Crawford)
- Excerpt from A Pattern of Lies (Crawford) – chapters 1 and 2.