INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES TODD

THE BLACK ASCOT by Charles Todd ratchets up the mystery. Readers are able to get a deeper understanding of Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, while getting a glimpse of the social and political trends of the 1920s.  Unlike many of the past plot-lines, this one focuses on a Cold Case.  Ten years ago, a woman was murdered after attending the Black Ascot race, the famous 1910 royal horserace honoring the late King Edward VII.  The suspect, Alan Barrington, has eluded capture and the aggressive manhunt.  Now it appears that Barrington has returned to England, and Rutledge is chosen to conduct a quiet search under the cover of a routine...

The Alex Grecian Interview

Kate: Congratulations on the upcoming release of LOST AND GONE FOREVER!  This is your 5th book about Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad. What can readers expect from the Murder Squad and Jack the Ripper’s ongoing saga? Alex: This one finally brings Jack’s saga to an end. (He’s disturbingly easy for me to write, which is probably why I kept him around for the three most recent books, but he’s not the most pleasant fellow to have around, so I’m glad to see the back of him now.) Meanwhile, Walter Day hasn’t been himself lately, and Nevil Hammersmith has opened a very unusual detective agency. The Murder Squad series is never the same for me, from...