The Murder of
from page 1 of A Test Of Wills by Charles Todd
quiet part of Warwickshire……
death came frequently…..
and murder was not unheard of…..
as early mist rose lazily…..
in no hurry to be gone
Colonel Harris was killed
in a meadow fringed with
buttercups and cowslips
his last coherent thought ――
wild, black fury….
in one stark instant
swept it all away
railing at God….
cry raised echoes
in the quiet woods
sent the rooks flying
even as the gun
A TEST OF
WILLS is a first novel in a series that combines a
unique kind of psychological suspense with vivid atmosphere and
a tantalizing mystery (Charles
“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and
compassionately, for a long-dead generation and a world he never
knew… . A meticulously wrought puzzle.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Remarkable…Todd, an American, seems to have perfect pitch in
his ability to capture the tenor and nuances of English country
—Kansas City Star
“Most ‘Golden Age’ detective novelists wrote as if the First
World War hadn’t happened. In A Test of Wills Charles Todd gives
us a Golden Age crime story in its proper historical setting.
This is an intelligent, controlled, and well-organized first
novel, rich with promise of a bright future. I look forward to
—Reginald Hill, author of Death Comes for the Fat Man
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