News Release

For immediate release - March 19, 2012

Charles Todd to Appear in Lady Lake and Mount Dora

Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. This mother-and-son writing team is best known for a series of fourteen novels, set in post World War I England. The books deal with the cases of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the European campaigns who is attempting to pick up the pieces of his Scotland Yard career. However, he must keep his greatest burden a secret: suffering from shell shock, he lives with the constant, cynical, taunting voice of Hamish MacLeod, a young Scots soldier he was forced to execute on the battlefield for refusing an order.

A Test of Wills was one of the 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century (The Independent Mystery Booksellers Association), received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Confession, the latest Ian Rutledge novel, will be featured at the festival. “There’s both a pattern and a purpose to the superb historical mysteries produced by mother-and-son writing partners known as Charles Todd.”
— New York Times Book Review

Charles and Caroline have a rich storytelling heritage. Both spent many evenings on the porch listening to their fathers and grandfathers reminisce. And a maternal grandmother told marvelous ghost stories. This tradition allows them to write with passion about events before their own time. And an uncle/great-uncle who served as a flyer in WWI aroused an early interest in the Great War.

For more information about Caroline and Charles Todd and their work, visit

Festival Appearances
Friday, March 30 at 2:15 p.m.
Featured Author Charles Todd Lady Lake Public Library, Lady Lake

Friday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Author Reception Lady Lake Public Library, Lady Lake

Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
Writing Historical Crime Fiction with Caroline and Charles Todd W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora

The complete schedule for the Festival of Reading including writing workshops and author events are posted on All programs are presented free to the public thanks to our sponsors Lake County Office of Economic Development and Tourism; SECO, HarperCollins Publishers; Raintree Books and the Florida Humanities Council.


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Judy Buckland
PRogram Coordinator

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