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Legacy Of The Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge #4)

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The weathered remains found on a Scottish mountainside may be those of Eleanor Gray, but the imperious Lady Maude Gray, Eleanor's mother, will have to be handled delicately. This is not the only ground that Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard must tread carefully, for the case will soon lead him to Scotland, where many of Rutledge's ghosts rest uneasily. But it is an u ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Bantam (first published May 29th 2000)
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Molly
Rating 4.5 (1/2 demerit because .... %#@#$asdfjkl cliffhanger)

A beautifully written, character-driven mystery. Bravo!

I have a soft spot for World War I veteran, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. There, I said it. There is no rational explanation of my love for this series or Rutledge as a character. After the first installment I usually picked up the next novel "just to see what is the next mystery", I read the first chapter or two and then dived in full force leaving the book (or books) I w
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Barbara
Jan 19, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are complex and surprisingly enjoyable read. I say surprising because of all the angst and heartache and demons Inspector Rutledge is battling with after returning form WWI to his former life as a Scotland Yard inspector. Such a tortured man, but such an intelligent one as well. For all his personal troubles, he still has retained the ability to appraise the character of people and have compassion in evaluating the situation and the participants.

Rutledge is tormented in his mind by the vo
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Kathleen
Apr 18, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so predictable...find an author whom I like and then read every book written by that person as fast as I can get my hands on them. So after reading several of the latest Todd works about Inspector Ian Rutledge, I moved back to the earlier books. The most challenging aspect about doing this is knowing I have to read more about the demons that haunt him following WWI, but I have come to look forward to how the characters you meet in every boook are putting their lives together following the w ...more
Pamela
Aug 08, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a perfect part of this series. Inspector Ian Rutledge continues to discover the real mystery behind the crime he is to solve. Even the past does not prevent him from a committed search—to reveal the real from the scapegoated, to reveal the one who relentlessly persecutes an innocent woman, and why.
In the process, the Inspector reconnects with family who live in Scotland. He also connects with the land and the people that he came to know during the war—came to know through the stori
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Karen Wyle
Apr 17, 2015 Karen Wyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In contrast to the second and third books in this series, this novel makes the most of the ongoing and tortuous dilemma of its central character, police detective Ian Rutledge: that he carries with him the audible presence of Hamish McLeod, the friend and subordinate he felt compelled to execute during World War I. I can't say much without spoilers, but the story revolves around Rutledge's encounter with someone known to Hamish and important to him.

As always, Todd (or rather, the mother-and-son
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Patsyann
May 14, 2010 Patsyann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am just addicted to these books. The mystery just does not get solved easily - in fact after reading the book - you wonder if it got solved at all. The mystery is in the mystery.
No sex, no romance, sometimes just sadness - but great stories that keep you reading the book till the end.
I am a World War I fanactic and these books really tell the story of the aftermath of the war and those affected by it.
While reading this I felt that you could really put all of the characters of this book into t
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Laura Edwards
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Greg Z
May 13, 2015 Greg Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In this one, there is murder and there is mystery. But, true to this series, these aren't front and center. The war-damaged Ian Rutledge confronts other damaged characters in post-WW1 England and Scotland, both countries also suffering from so much loss. And like in any good cozy murder mystery, there are red herrings, suspicious characters, a village, a huge country manor, and all other accouterments we know and love. Is there enough information to allow one to guess the villian(s)? Perhaps not ...more
Bee
Jan 11, 2010 Bee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A string of poison pen letters stirs up the village of Duncarrick, in the Scottish borderlands. Fiona MacDonald, war widow and young mother, is the target of this vitriol and soon is accused not only of loose morals but of kidnapping & murder. Inspector Rutledge is sent to investigate after the remains of a body are found in Glencoe, attributed to missing heiress Eleanor Gray. Visting Scotland is the last thing Rutledge wants to do, though, because of its strong connection to Hamish, whose v ...more
Catherine  Mustread
Mostly I thought this #4 in the series, one of the best I have read so far. The suspense built throughout and, as usual, the post World War I timeframe and the British setting is very appealing. This book even found Ian in Scotland, in Hamish's home area. BUT, the number of coincidences and the too neatly wrapped up solution to the mystery detracted from my overall enjoyment. Instead of the strong 4 stars I intended to rate this has been knocked down to 3.6 – still one of the better books in the ...more
Eleni
May 01, 2015 Eleni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
l loved this book and I was never a mystery fan in the past, but the characters are so compelling in this series that I am completely besotted. I'm casting it in my mind and wondering why they haven't adapted this for Mystery on PBS. Anyway, historical fiction fans, those with an interest in World War I and its aftermath especially, will enjoy this book.
Carol
Dec 11, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent book, taking Inspector Rutledge to Scotland to deal with both solving a mystery but also facing the ghosts he holds within. He has to interact with people who knew him when he was unscathed by the war and with those whose lives he directly affected by his experiences in the war. I enjoyed this book very well.
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 Therese B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Msjodi777
May 16, 2016 Msjodi777 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2016, may-2016
Another book I can't find in audio... sigh... so, check out the kindle and read it using the kindle app. I'm really liking Ian Rutledge, and I can't figure out if it's because I'm actually eye reading them, or if they are "just that good." So much going on, and completely true to the time period. Excellent story. <><
Florence Millo
This was my least favorite of the 4 Ian Rutledge mysteries that I have read so far. I found the story confusing, and improbable. The book ends with Inspector Rutledge on the brink of death but since there are at least 4 more Inspector Rutledge mysteries, it is safe to assume that he lives.
Elisha (lishie)
A good, solid story and we learn more about the characters. I was really into it... and it ended. Abruptly in my opinion. Others are calling it a cliffhanger but if I had to wait for the next one, I'd be upset! :::running off to Book 5:::
Lisa
Nov 03, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best Ian Rutledge mystery so far, with a lot at stake and great development of Rutledge's character. A great cozy mystery series set after World War I in England and Scotland.
Jackie
Oct 25, 2016 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This has been my favorite of the Ian Rutledge series, so far. The mystery is great with someone from his past. It ends on a cliffhanger too. Loved it!
Patricia
Feb 15, 2017 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth  Higginbotham
Legacy of the Dead is an essential read in the series. Ian Rutledge is drawn into a complicated case, him working one end, but it is related to another case. He is in Scotland, where many of his men in WWI were raised. The terrain reminds him of them, including the voice in his head. The case is complicated—as they all are—and he confronts constables who are looking for easy answers. The accused was the fiancé of his dead friend; they recognize each other, she by his name, since he wrote a lette ...more
Judith Kerr
Mar 10, 2017 Judith Kerr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book involves the period right after the 1st WW. The effects on Brits and Scots were enormous. The Borders of Scotland was the local for most of the novel. Raced through this exciting story. Rethinking after the fact, I find several discrepancies, or at least unexplained details.
William
Mar 24, 2017 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cathy
Mar 20, 2017 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An illegitimate child, an unidentified body, a missing woman that may be the mother of the child and plethora of WW1 veterans, including Inspector Ian Rutledge. In spite of the voice of a dead soldier in his head, or maybe because of that voice, Rutledge is able to put all the "clues" together and answer all the questions.

My grandfather never spoke of WW1 and the time he served in France. I got a hint of how horrible those years must have been from this book.
Bryan Higgs
Mar 13, 2017 Bryan Higgs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed the Inspector Rutledge mysteries. I'm not really a fan of his inner Hamish voice, a result of shell shock from his experiences in the trenches at the Somme. However, this particular book is very related to Hamish, indeed an essential part of the book. I won't say any more for fear of spoilers.

This book is a very good one, with a plot and characters that are quite complex. While quite a bit happens during the book, it also doesn't give much away until the very end. It sucked me in, a
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Elizabeth
Mar 07, 2017 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, 2017
I enjoyed this addition to the Rutledge mysteries. It was interesting seeing Hamish's fiance and hearing more of Hamish's backstory and life and the twists and turns in this one were interesting and tended to catch me off guard. It seemed to end on a bit of a cliffhanger, however, and I am very interested to see where that goes.
Julie
Mar 05, 2017 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great mystery series! Could not put this book down.
Dorothy
Dec 03, 2013 Dorothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legacy of the Dead is the fourth in Charles Todd's Inspector Ian Rutledge series. This is an intelligently written, literate series about a veteran of the trench warfare in France during World War I who, after the war, is trying to pick up the pieces of his life and his career at Scotland Yard.

But he carries the burden of a dark secret - namely, that he still suffers from the effects of shell-shock, as it was then known, post-traumatic stress disorder as we call it today. He carries with him th
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Lisa Johnson
Apr 01, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Rutledge #4)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 308
Year: 2000
Publisher: Bantam Books
For this entry in the Inspector Rutledge series, Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to soothe the ruffled feathers of Lady Maude Gray whose daughter has not been seen for three years. The local inspector visited Lady Maude to tell her of the discovery of some bones in Scotland and that they might belong to her daughter, Eleanor Gray, but that the police needed more information to confirm t
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Katherine Jensen
Mar 01, 2017 Katherine Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kindle, library.
Kerry
Set after WWI and 1918 Great Influenza. It's September 1919 and these great events provide a historical foundation for characters motivations and anxieties. This is most apparent with main character Ian Rutledge.

Ian Rutledge is a methodical and analytic Scotland Yard inspector. Rutledge is also haunted mentally - I use this word loosely - by the spirit of a passionate and compulsive Corporal Hamish MacLeod, a Highlander Rutledge shot AND KILLED for breaking on a WWI battlefield. The voice and o
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Charles Todd is the pen name used by a mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd.
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“Wishful thinking, that time might heal—it seldom healed anything, only making scars that were often tender to the touch, and ugly.” 2 likes
“We walked away from all that was warm and dear and stood frightened in cold rain where the guns fired, and in the end, we died in pain, the black stinking mud our shroud, embraced at last not by living arms, but by the bones of those who before us died …” 2 likes
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