Tuesday 7 May 2024

Cold Comfort

Finished April 30
Cold Comfort by Charles Todd

This short story is a prequel to the Inspector Rutledge series and takes place during World War I in France in 1915. I've had this as an ebook for a while and finally got around to reading it. 
The story is centered around some Welsh soldiers that worked to dig under the enemy's lines, plant explosives and then set them off, sending the enemy into disarray so your side could attack more easily. This type of work was done by both sides during the war, and many methods were used to dig quietly and to detect the digging done by the other side. 
One of Rutledge's men is a slate miner, and most of the other Welshmen were coal miners, and there are some accusations around both the work being done here and things that happened back home at the slate miner. Rutledge relies on knowledge gained from Hamish, who we know of from the series, and his own instincts to try to prevent things escalating. 
An interesting story, but with little real connection to the series that takes place after the war, other than Rutledge himself. Hamish plays a very small role here. 

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