Book #1: A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

This is the first novel of 21 in the inspector Ian Rutledge series. This Edgar® and Anthony Award-nominated, New York Times Notable mystery evokes post-World War I Great Britain and introduces readers to one of crime fiction’s most compelling protagonists. The shell-shocked Rutledge struggles to retain his grip on sanity while investigating the death of a popular army colonel, murdered, it appears, by a decorated war hero with ties to the Royal Family.

Book #2: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

This is the first novel of 14 in the Maisie Dobbs series. Maisie started as a maid, studied at the prestigious Girton College at Cambridge, and then became a front-line nurse in World War I. Now she has set up on her own as a private investigator, who has learned that coincidences are meaningful. Fate brings her a case that will force her to confront the ghost that has haunted her for more than 10 years.

Think about multiplying your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our community reading initiative. Three times a year everyone in Shawnee County has the opportunity to read two books on a theme. Our fall 2018 theme is WWI mystery featuring A Test of Wills by Charles Todd and Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.

We are a reading community and have come together 11 times in the past to read the same book, talk about it and enjoy events with the Big Read. Think of 2Book Topeka as “big read” times two! We started 2Book Topeka as our community read to meet the demand and enthusiasm generated by the Big Read. For many people the Big Read didn’t happen often enough.


  • Sun, Oct 7 | 2-4pm | Marvin Auditorium — Bestselling mystery author Charles Todd is actually a mother and son writing pair, and both are visiting us in Topeka! The authors will read from their work and discuss their research and writing process. Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • Sat, Oct 20 | 11am-12:30pm | Anton Room — Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss A Test of Wills.
  • Sat, Nov 17 | 11am-12:30pm| Anton Room –Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss Maisie Dobbs.

Previous 2Book Topeka Reads

Summer 2018
After Tupac and Foster D by Jacqueline Woodson and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Winter 2018
Mr. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Fall 2017
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson and The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Summer 2017
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and 
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

Help us plan future 2Book Topeka Reads

If you have suggestions for a future 2Book Topeka book or two books around a theme, let us know.

2Book Suggestion Form

  • Suggest two books around a theme for a future 2Book Topeka community read