Charles Todd is a pseudonym used by the mother-and-son writing duo of American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. Their main series features Inspector Ian Rutledge, an English detective working in Scotland Yard during post-WWI England. Their other characters include Francesca Hatton and Bess Crawford.

Caroline and Charles Todd wrote their first novel in 1996, titled A Test of Wills. Below is a list of Charles Todd’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Inspector Ian Rutledge Books


A Test of Wills(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wings of Fire(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Search the Dark(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Legacy of the Dead(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Watchers of Time(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fearsome Doubt(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cold Treachery(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Long Shadow(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A False Mirror(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Pale Horse(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Matter of Justice(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Red Door(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Kidnapping(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Lonely Death(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Confession(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Proof of Guilt(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cold Comfort(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hunting Shadows(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fine Summer's Day(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Bess Crawford Books


A Duty to the Dead(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Impartial Witness(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Bitter Truth(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Unmarked Grave(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Question of Honor(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Unwilling Accomplice(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Maharani's Pearls(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Pattern of Lies(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Murder Stone(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Walnut Tree(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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  • Gale

    I just completed “Legacy of the Dead” and was a little surprised at the ending that left the reader hanging with questions of the health of inspector Rutledge, what happened to Fiona, young Ian and his future with Ian’s Godfather. None of the other books I have read have ended like this. I was hoping that the next book would possibly start out with Rutledge’s recovery and ending the story that so abruptly ended in Legacy. I got “Watchers of Time” from the local library and discovered that I already read this book with no completion of Legacy Help!!

  • CodyCat

    Gale, I don’t think it’s very kind to tell others the ending of novels, even if you’re not sure of the outcome. Bad form, particularly among avid readers.