About A Fine Summer's Day• Paperback: 384 pages • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 29, 2015)
On a fine summer's day in June 1914, Ian Rutledge is planning to propose to a woman he deeply loves, despite hints from his family and friends that she may not be the most suitable choice for a policeman's wife. To the north, another man in love—a Scottish Highlander named Hamish MacLeod—asks his own sweetheart to marry him.
Back in England, a son grieves for his mother, dredging up a dark injustice that will trigger a series of murders that Rutledge must solve. The victims are all upstanding and well-liked. The local police have their suspicions about the culprits and are less than cooperative with the London detective.
As clouds of war gather on the horizon, Rutledge digs deeper, finding similarities and patterns between the murders. With every moment at stake, he sets out to right a terrible 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.
I have been wanting to read a book by Charles Todd for a long time so I was very excited to get a chance to read A Fine Summer's Day. I was able to easily jump into the book without having to read the first one because this is a prequel. We're seeing Ian just as the clouds of World War 1 are starting to form in the distance.
The mystery is fascinating. There are bits and pieces that don't seem linked at all and I enjoyed watching Ian figure out what was going on and the connection. I felt like I was right with Ian anxiously waiting the results of different queries. I also very much enjoyed the background noise of the book. The war is discussed in conversation at work and at social events and I enjoyed seeing the opinions and thoughts of all the characters.
I found the pacing of the book excellent and my "one more chapter" before I turned off the light at night frequently became 2 or 3 or sometimes 4. While the book itself was grim it didn't feel unnecessarily so and it didn't feel angst-y. I very much enjoyed this mystery and I'm looking forward to catching up with Ian on the first book in the series. 4 Stars