Monday, November 18, 2013
[Review] Cold Comfort by Charles Todd
Author: Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse, Harper Collins November 19, 2013
Theme: Trench warfare during World War I with Ian Rutledge
Format: Novella, docx
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from William Morrow for purpose of review.
Homepage for Charles Todd: http://charlestodd.com/
World War I, France, 1915
Lieutenant Ian Rutledge is the officer in charge. His duty is to have his men prepare an explosive devise in a tunnel that will bomb the German enemy camp. He sends two Welshmen to do the job as they have experience in mines. Things don't go as planned and allied lives are at stake. Lt. Rutledge later uncovers a sinister plot against one of their own.
Ian Rutledge is the detective inspector for Scotland Yard in the Ian Rutledge series by Charles Todd. I'd discovered these amazing mystery books over a year ago and have slowly been reading my way through all of them. Another series they have is on Bess Crawford, a Nursing Sister during World War I that is also a sleuth.
This is a short story, a novella. The background is a battlefield in France. All the characters are battle conditioned men. The story made an impression on me because it told of the horrors of being in trench warfare. Men dug a trench and set explosive devices that would detonate and kill the enemy. Work had to be fast because the enemy was also digging a trench that they hoped would explode before yours did. Many men died, either buried alive or blown to pieces. Horrifying acrid work.
Rutledge solves the mystery in quick order as this is a novella. He is impressive in the ability to be officer in charge during a time of war plus solve a crime.
I am a big fan of Ian Rutledge, still hoping for a movie version of one of these books.