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Hunting Shadows (Inspector Ian Rutledge #16)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,220 ratings  ·  257 reviews
A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge in Hunting Shadows, a gripping and atmospheric historical mystery set in 1920s England, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.

A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a ma
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by William Morrow
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I may be a little biased, but I just gotta tell you, Detective Ian Rutledge is THE BEST DETECTIVE OF ALL TIME. In my heart, that is.

There aren't enough words for how much I love this (literally and figuratively) haunted, emotionally scarred war veteran. He's got class. He's got common sense. He's got a tremendous amount of empathy as well as the ability to take a step back and observe the situation.

I could go on, write a subjective review, but there's really no point. I simply have no complaints
Susan Johnson
This is the first Ian Rutledge mystery that I have read but it certainly won't be the last. It is hard to write an authentic historical book but Todd has accomplished it. It has the feel for the times right after WWI. He captures the incredible loss of the population in a very concise, moving manner. First there are the men who come back, changed with horrific memories. He paints the stories of women who will never marry or have families because so many of the male population had been killed. I ...more
The latest in the Ian Rutledge series doesn't disappoint. It's 1920 and there's a funeral for a soldier who has spent the last two years in the hospital dying from gangrene. One of the people there stands in the shadows and is angry when he sees an army captain among the mourners. He's angry because he doesn't see any reason for him to be there other than to further his own ambitions. Shortly thereafter, the same captain, Hutchinson, is a guest at a society wedding. Everyone is shocked when he i ...more
First Sentence: He’d tried to put the war behind him.

A sniper killer at Ely Cathedral takes Inspector Ian Rutledge to Cambridgeshire. A separate shooting in a different village does have a witness, but her testimony makes no real sense. The biggest barrier to Rutledge’s investigation is the apparent lack of motive in either case and lack of connection between the two victims. With the third shooting, and a target who survives, Rutledge starts looking to the past for both the motive, and for the
This is a murder mystery that just goes on and on. Inspector Rutledge of Scotland Yard is called in to help the locals solve two murders. We are painstakingly taken through interview after interview as he seeks to put the puzzle pieces together. Men who have returned from war are still haunted by their experiences and Inspector Rutledge is no exception. Helping him in his endeavor to solve the crime, he carries the voice of a fallen comrade. The ghost of Hamish puts in his two cents now and then ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Hamish and Rutledge are back again solving two seemingly unrelated murders in two different small towns.

Ian Rutledge is working on finding a "shadowy" figure who shoots to kill and then disappears without a trace. Rutledge has a difficult time finding clues and connections that would lead to the murderer's identification.

The first shooting was at a wedding and the second at a political rally. No one seems to be able to understand how the two are related nor the reason for the murders.

Anne Slater
The last Charles Todd book I reviewed I gave short shrift to-- because it is impossible to treat a Todd novel without going into excruciating detail.

This one-- the same, but I've got to say, this one grabbed me by the gut and swung me around. I HAD to stay up.

Yesterday I got a Valentine from The Rare Book School (for real-- a degree-granting graduate program) the text was "A book that doesn't keep you up at night is not worth going to bed with.

I stayed up until 1:15 am when I decided I had to do
It's August 1920 and a guest is shot by a sniper as he walks into Ely Cathedral in Cambridgshire for a wedding. Shortly thereafter a Tory candidate for Parliament is shot, also by a sniper, while giving a campaign speech in a small town. Because of a lack of progress in solving the murders, Scotland Yard is called in and Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to investigate. I confess that I love this series and purchased this book on the day that it was released. And this book does not disappoint. The ...more
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Hunting Shadows is a fascinating mystery that combines a search for “whodunnit” along with a surprisingly twisty trail leading to “why did they do it”. The struggle in this story is to make sense out of two crimes that seemingly don’t, until they suddenly, and chillingly, do.

This story starts out as a seemingly traditional mystery; we see the crime, but don’t know who the perpetrator is. It looks like the mystery will be the hunt for the killer. But it’s no
Gail Cooke
If you’ve not already been introduced to the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries the 16th entry in this exceptional series, Hunting Shadows, is a good place to start. Written by a mother/son writing team using the pen name Charles Todd these books are widely recognized as one of the best historical series being written today and for this reader the latest considerably raises the bar.

A little background for those who have not yet had the pleasure: Todd has created a sympathetic, compelling protagoni
Inspector Ian Rutledge hunts a double murderer in the fen country south of Ely. The two murders seem to have nothing in common beyond having been the work of a sniper, so Rutledge is forced to cross and recross the paths of almost everyone in Ely and the several villagers and small towns that ring the second murder site. Hamish (the voice of his guilt over having executed a good but worn-out soldier) is with him, but not so much as in the past. Maybe Rutledge is healing from his war duty, but th ...more
Another in the terrific Ian Rutledge detective series, this entry is well-plotted in the sense that Todd keeps the reader and Rutledge in the shadows about whodunit for a good long time, slowly teasing out the aspects of the mystery and skillfully creating red herrings. An enjoyable read, but I missed Todd's usual inclusion of lighter aspects in the story--more about Rutledge's sister, perhaps? Anyway, the emotional tone of the book seems too even--we are constantly lost in the fog of the murder ...more
"Hunting Shadows" is a police procedural that takes place outside of London in the years just after WWWI. Some of the action is related to the battlefields.

Two men are gunned down by rifle fire and Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is sent to investigate. There are many characters in this complex novel but Rutledge doesn't find anything to tie the two murders together.

Through the story, Rutledge hears the spirit voice of Hamish who gives advice and suggestions. Hamish was one of Rutledge'
Barbara Mitchell
Charles Todd interests me because "he" is actually a mother and son writing team. That fact just blows me away. They live in different states, yet manage to collaborate on excellent books. This is the latest in their Inspector Ian Rutledge series.

Set in England just after World War I many of the characters are suffering from physical and mental problems due to their service in that horrible war. Rutledge is too. He is accompanied everywhere he goes by the voice of a Scottish soldier named Hamish
I am glad to see that "Charles Todd" is back to his usual excellent form (after his previous Proof of Guilt), with this tightly woven book - interesting and varied characters, a mystery that was complex and hard to solve (not that I ever do) but perfectly logical, and Hamish back in place throughout. He vividly conjures up the atmospheric Fen country. My ongoing complaint: Rutledge needs a life! He is so solitary - we rarely see friends, never mind a romantic interest of any kind. Still, I love ...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Hunting Shadows (An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 330
Year: 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
This is a great British mystery! I haven’t read any of this author’s Inspector Rutledge mysteries before, but I’m sure going to be reading them now! This book in the series is set shortly after World War I has ended in 1920. This story takes place mostly in the Fens, an area of Great Britain sparsely populated at that time and consisting of waterways, drainage ditches and wi
In the flat, low-lying, marshy Fen region of Cambridgeshire, two men are murdered; one at Ely Cathedral, the other in the small village of Wriston. Unable to come up with any conclusions, the local police turn the case over the Scotland Yard. Enter our old friend, Inspector Ian Rutledge still battling his traumatic memories from the front lines of WWI, which often manifest themselves in conversations with the phantom-like psychological voice of Hamish--his dead comrade killed in the war.

Kathleen (Kat) Smith
He wasn't supposed to have brought either the weapon or the ammunition back. But he had, because the rifle has become a part of him. And no one searched his kit. Thank God he had.

The man deserved to die. But not this way. Not sacrificing himself. There had to be a better way. Look at it from a different perspective. God had brought this man to him once. He would do it again. All he had to do was wait. However long it took. His patience would pay off. He was ready. And Hutchinson would come to h
Inspector Rutledge is sent to the Fens country to investigate two murders. Two apparently unconnected men are gunned down, the first as he arrives at a wedding, and the other while giving a political speech. His investigation unravels a complicated web emanating from events from before the war. The mystery and mood of the novel is enhanced by the description of the Fens environment. I liked this installment in the series; office politics were kept to a minimum and while Hamish is ever-present, R ...more
The mystery at the heart of the Hunting Shadows unfolds slowly and gradually, as the result of patient, detail-oriented police work. This is the 16th title in Charles Todd's Inspector Ian Rutledge series, featuring the WWI veteran Scotland Yard detective.

This mystery takes place in England's fen country, low-lying, foggy marshes dotted with quiet villages. When two men are shot at public gatherings a few days apart, Rutledge is called in to find a connection and catch the mysterious shooter.

Gloria Feit
Two murders in nearby towns in the English Fen area stump the local police, and the call to Scotland Yard is made, bringing Ian Rutledge into the investigation. The first victim is an Army Captain visiting the region to attend a wedding; the second, a local solicitor standing election for a seat in a by-election. Both are shot with a rifle and there appear to be no witnesses or any relationship between the two men.

Not an easy task for Rutledge, in this the 16th novel in the series, who in 1920 s
A disclaimer - I have yet to "read" an Inspector Ian Rutledge book. I have listened to a handful. I don't know what it is about Simon Prebble as a narrator, but he has one of the best voices I've heard for keeping me awake and engaged while driving long distances. He is right up there with Rob Inglis (narrator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) and Jim Dale (narrator of the American editions of The Harry Potter series). When I listen to Simon Prebble I just want the story to keep going.

The title of this book, while describing the almost impossible task of finding a serial killer in the Fens area of England’s countryside, is an apt metaphor for the latest Ian Rutledge mystery. The protagonist, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is still haunted by a sentinel event in the summer of 1916 during the Battle of Somme. Still suffering an “unwavering sense of guilt over the circumstances of Hamish’s death,” Corporal Hamish MacLeod, “one of the best men who had ever served under him, ...more
Lynn Farris
‘Hunting Shadows’ is the latest in Charles Todd’s popular Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery series. Charles Todd is actually a mother and son writing team. They write two series. Ian Rutledge is an Inspector with Scotland Yard right after World War I. The Bess Crawford series features Bess as a nurse during the World War I. Charles Todd has been widely recognized for excellence with numerous accolades. The most recent is the nomination for an Agatha Award for ‘A Question of Honor’ in the Historical ...more
The 16th mystery in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series by mother-son writing team Charles Todd, "Hunting Shadows" is set in 1920 England's Fens country, north of Cambridge. Two murder victims are WWI veterans, one a combatant, the other a behind-scenes administator. The suspect--a sniper.

Rutledge of Scotland Yard collaborates with local constables while one of them and he evade their clueless but demanding supervisors. Although loosened by the Great War, class boundaries continue to exist and co
So much better than the previous Rutledge outing. The unevenness of this series (yes, I've read them all) makes me wonder exactly how the mother-son writing team works. Do I actually enjoy the work of one of them more than the other? Hmm...

This is tightly woven, plenty of clues dropped without being heavy handed. You can figure out somethings without figuring out the entire plot, which I enjoy. The research is well done without being "bash the reader over the head with everything we know" and ce
Kathleen Hagen
Hunting Shadows, by Charles Todd, a-minus, Narrated bySimon Prebble, Produced by Harper Audio, downloaded from

A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. A society
wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. It becomes clear that the murdered man, a major from WWI, pursues unmarried heiresses in order to marry them for their money. His first
This 16th book in the Ian Rutledge series was a fast read -- one of those story lines where you feel let down when you reach the last sentence.

Ian Rutledge is a Scotland Yard inspector in the months after his service in World War I. His scarred from the war, which for him ended in a bloody incident in which he was nearly killed by an enemy shell that exploded nearby just after he had pulled the trigger of his gun to execute one of his best soldiers, Hamish, who had disobeyed orders. Hamish remai
Ray Palen
The Mother/Son team that writes under the pen name have successfully juggled two terrific, recurring historical mystery/thriller sagas. Most recently, the Bess Crawford series has introduced a World War I British battlefield nurse and the many adventures her and her wealthy family have gotten involved in during this bloody war.

The other series, now with its 16th release, is the superb Inspector Ian Rutledge series. In HUNTING SHADOWS we find Rutledge on a case that takes place in some small Brit
This is an interesting author, a pseudonym for a mother/son writing team. I think the gender balance in the writing style works. There is sharp narrative, yet interesting descriptions of people and the English fens countryside, a marshland. The main character is Rutledge from Scotland Yard, just returned from WW I, suffering from shell shock at times, with waking nightmares that he must hide. The interesting aspect, is that he has a voice inside of Hamish, a Scotsman under his command, who he ha ...more
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