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Legacy Of The Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge #4)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,684 ratings  ·  192 reviews
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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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
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
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
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
Greg Z
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
Karen Wyle
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
Laura Edwards
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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
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
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.
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 Johnson
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
Richard Stueber
#4 in the series and the best yet. Shell-shocked detective Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is sent from London up to Scotland by Chief Superintendent Bowles who doesn't enjoy having him around. With Rutledge is the usual accompanying voice of the late Hamish MacLeod, who was executed by Ian in World War I on the front.
Rutledge's first interview is with Lady Maude Grey who is trying to find what happened to her daughter Eleanor who seems to have died on a desolate Scottish mountainside. Ian is read
What a compelling story. Written by a U.S. East Coast mother and son team under the pseudonym, Charles Todd, they've taken the British Mystery Genre to a new level. This one grabbed me from the start and kept me guessing right up to the last 10 or 15 pages. The cliffhanging ending is an added benefit.

It is 1919 and the main protagonist of the entire series, Inspector Ian Rutledge, still suffering from shell shock as it was called then, is dispatched to mollify Lady Maude Gray, whose missing dau
Books are getting better... Series is also getting better. Can't wait for the next one....

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 unexpected encounter that will hold
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.
The Charles Todd series featuring detective and WWI vet Ian Rutledge is always satisfying. The writing is uniformly strong and the atmosphere is excellent. Although the war is over, aspects of it, from damaged human beings to unsettled scores are left. How Rutledge deals with crimes that most often have some connection to the war, and how that affects his memories as well, are usually stunning. This novel is no exception. In this one the young woman who is accused of murder is the fiancee of Ham ...more
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.
This series is very good at exploring the effects of World War I on the soldiers who fought in it. The title refers to a little boy born out of the love affair between a soldier and a married woman. The mother gave him up to another woman, who raised him as her own until a series of poison pen letters accuses her of mudering the mother. Rutledge is called in to help in the investigation and discovers that the woman accused of murder is none other than Hamish's fiancée. I like the historical sett ...more
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Ishmael Seaward
Interesting. I never thought that the use of an inner voice could be so well personalized as someone other than the character himself, or herself, as the case may be, quite so well. Hamish is a dead soldier who served under Rutledge in WWI; he is the inner voice of Inspector Rutledge and provides commentary, usually caustic, during Rutledge's investigation of some bones found on the hills surrounding Glencoe. The investigation also has tenuous ties to Fiona MacDonald, Hamish's fiancee, who is fa ...more
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
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
Kathleen Hagen
Legacy of the Dead, by Charles Todd, b-plus, Narrated by Samuel Gillies, Produced by Recorded Books, downloaded from

Chief Inspector Ian Ruttledge of Scotland Yard, a survivor of war injuries from WW I which cause him flashbacks and nightmares still in 1919 when this story begins, is called to investigate a case in Scotland which, brings him into contact with his war buddy’s girl friend. His friend was killed, (Hamish McCloud. Ruttledge feels responsible for his death and carries McC
The Inspector Rutledge series is one of the few "historical mystery" series that I follow pretty closely. As happens too often, I came in at the middle. I've had a lot of time to read lately so I was able to finish this one up quickly. This is actually the fourth in the series, and it answers a lot of questions about the character that I had reading the later ones.

It is 1919. The Great War is over, but Rutledge is still suffering some of the effects of war. He hears the voice of a dead soldier
Charles Todd continues the investigations of Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard. This series continues to keep the reader engaged with the same strength as Rutledge's introduction in "A Test of Wills." This time Rutledge is sent to Scotland to discover whether the bones of a skeleton discovered on the moor might belong to Eleanor Gray, a young lady of high social standing who disappeared in 1916. Rutledge's constant psychic companion Hamisch MacLeod is in full voice in "Legacy of the Dead. ...more
Mary Ellen
This read confirms that this is a series to read in order. The book ends with a cliff-hanger (always annoying, IMHO). I've already read the next in the series, but to the extent it might have answered any questions about the principal character in this story (Fiona), I don't remember them, because at the time they had no significance for me. Not the author's fault, of course!

As to the book on its own merits, it certainly points out the advances in forensic science since 1919! The police find a b
7/1/2014 - I can understand why the author repeats the 1st book so often to catch readers up on the "beginning", but after book 4 it's a little too much. I was about to stop reading this book because I thought it was so ponderous - too slow for my taste. THEN, surprise, surprise - the main character of this book became very, very important! So onward ! ! !

7/3/2014 - And so another mystery solved, and as I've come to appreciate in Charles Todd's books, as ponderous as they are, they are always a
Joyce M. Tice
I loved the book, but kerthump at the end. What happened to the last chapter, the summing up? The ending was abrupt. We are left to figure out what happened. Most of it might be fairly obvious, but it would be nice to tell us a little.

I have rad all the Bess Crawford series. I had only read one Ian Rutledge before this and did not particularly like it. This one is great. I intend to read the rest of the series. Lots of twist, turns and blind alleys.
I am really enjoying the Insp. Rutledge series of murder mysteries by Charles Todd. This one peels back more layers of the main characters - Rutledge and the ghost of Hamish, the soldier he had executed at the Front. Some new characters with very close ties to the Insp. and Hamish are introduced. His Chief - Supt. Bowles - is still out to get rid of him. Another murder - this time in Scotland - and he's trying to figure out how the murder suspect even knew the victim (she claims she has no idea ...more
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“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
“There have always been two standards,” Rutledge answered. “People called Fiona a whore, but there’s no name for a man who has an illegitimate child.” 1 likes
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