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A Cold Treachery (Inspector Ian Rutledge #7)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,751 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Charles Todd returns to the world of Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge in a series that the "New York Times Book Review "called "harrowing psychological drama" and the "Washington Post Book World" hailed as "among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days." This time the embattled Inspector has met his match hunting a brutal killer across a frozen he ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Bantam (first published January 25th 2005)
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Jan C
Very readable, as are most of Todd's works. Great thing to read when its 11º and snowy out. Not sure why this book took me so long (other than my arthritic hands).

There's a blizzard going on and a family - mother, father, 2-3 kids - are killed and an older boy has disappeared into the snow and rough terrain of Urskdale. It is sheep country. No one knows what happened. Did the boy see it? Or did the boy do it? These are the questions that don't get resolved until close to the end. Meanwhile ther
Bought second-hand after seeing a review of another of Todd's novels. This is a bit of an unusual book - set in the UK post WWI, but written by Americans and for the US market, so it has a slight 'American' feel to it in places, though not enough to detract from the writing.

However, the descriptions of Urskdale and the area are beautifully written as is Rutledge. I loved the way he comes across as damaged and vulnerable and yet determined to bring the killer to justice. The writing flows, the h
Jina Howell-Forbes
This is book #7 in the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Series. The Inspector is a WWI veteran who is still suffering the effects of shell shock. (Now called PTSD, but back then it was called Shell Shock, so that is the terminology used in the series). The series is set in the years immediately following the war, when Rutledge is back to his pre-war job as an Inspector with Scotland Yard.

It is a good-but-not-great series. It is certainly not nearly as good as it could be with tighter writing and b
Mary Ellen
The book kept me reading, but left me a little dissatisfied.

Ian Rutledge is called in to a real horror: an In Cold Blood-like murder of 5 members of a family, in a remote village, in the middle of a snowstorm of historic proportions. The locals judge it too treacherous for Rutledge to trek the snow-obscured paths alone, so much of the time he is confined to the village's lone "hotel," with two other guests, each connected to the murdered mother.

Like all the books I've read in this series, this w
Ian Rutledge breaks my heart. On the surface, he's an upper class British officer returned from the front after WWI to resume his position as an inspector at Scotland Yard. Underneath the handsome facade, he is the ultimate casualty of a terrible war-- tortured by his memories, haunted by a decision made in the heat of battle and abandoned by his fiancée, he throws himself full force into solving the cases he's assigned. Instead of a partner or a sidekick, Rutledge has only the ghostly specter o ...more
Laura Edwards
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Reading this as the temperatures were rising well into summer-like territory was a little weird since it takes place during a blizzard. After the winter we had in New York, I nearly put the book down, but of course, I can't resist this mystery series, so I trudged on along with the characters through the snow and the cold. It was worth it I think for the denouement of this one was pretty good in spite of the circuitous route the book takes to get there. An entertaining read for fans of the Inspe ...more
This is the second Charles Todd I read (first was A Fearsome Doubt, both downloaded from the NYPL and read on my Kindle) and I enjoyed it even more than the first one. I imagine this is in part because I'm more drawn in by the protagonist, Ian Rutlege, a shell-shocked policeman/detective from Scotland Yard in the years following WW1. He is haunted by the voice of Hamish in his head, a Scotts fellow soldier who he had to court martial for disobeying orders to take his men into battle and he was h ...more
I had a hard time getting into this installment of the series. It finally picked up during the last third of the book, but it was too late for me to really get hooked. Inspector Rutledge is sent to the Lake District to investigate the gruesome murder of almost an entire family. A nine-year-old boy is missing and is one of the suspects as are his aunt, uncle, and biological father. One of the hallmarks of Charles Todd's writing is the definite sense of time and place that is created, and in this ...more
Very good -- great atmosphere and description of the Lakes District countryside during a winter blizzard. I felt like I was there, in the little village and on the sheep farms, in 1919. WWI's horrors continue to play out here, both in the story and in Ian Rutledge's head. A bit different from the other Ian Rutledge stories -- more gruesome, modern murder. This was the first one of the Todd mysteries where my first guess of "who done it" was accurate. The plotting isn't as tight as in some other ...more
Annie Oosterwyk
I know I said I wouldn't continue this series, but I couldn't stay away and ended up awarding 5 stars. Go figure. The characters are worth the occasional frustrating plot device. Ian Rutledge works to solve the brutal murder of an entire family in the kitchen of their farm, while a blizzard rages outside. The young boy (who is missing) is the only survivor and is under suspicion of killing his entire family. Once again, the disruption of the country by WWI plays a major role in the schemes and o ...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: A Cold Treachery (Inspector Rutledge #7)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 556 (large type edition)
Year: 2005
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Inspector Ian Rutledge has just finished a case and is in the area when help is requested nearby. He is sent to investigate the murder of a family at their kitchen table. No signs of resistance are seen, but one family member is missing. All the men in the small village are mustered to search the cold, desolate area of northern England for the boy. As the days pas
I've read quite a few in this series featuring Inspector Rutledge of Scotland Yard and although the format is similar in every case, and they can therefore be a bit predictable, I find I enjoy the plots and the background of the post-WW1 period in Britain with the many returned soldiers who are physically or psychologically maimed. This one set in the unforgiving winter landscape of the British Lake District so lots of striding about snow covered fells and cold houses.
I shivered a lot while reading A Cold Treachery. Not because of the suspense particularly, but because of the description of the weather during which the action takes place.

Inspector Ian Rutledge had been testifying in a case in the north of England when he was contacted by Scotland Yard to get himself to the remote village of Urskdale where a horrendous crime has taken place. Five members of a family have been murdered and the sixth member of the family, an almost ten-year-old boy, has disappea
While I generally really like the Charles Todd Rutledge mysteries, this one is my least favorite. It seemed to go on and on without getting anywhere and seemed drawn out. I almost didn't care who the murderer was at one point and though it wasn't much of a surprise, there also wasn't anything to help you understand where it was going.

This one was a letdown in an otherwise very good series.
Karen Wyle
This seventh in Todd's Inspector Rutledge series features a nicely woven plot in a vividly rendered setting. Some, if not all the characters, involved in the mystery are well developed and interesting.

I somehow managed to miss the previous novel in the series, but that didn't interfere with my following and enjoying the story. I would not, however, recommend diving into the series with this book, as the crucial backstory (naturally enough for a seventh book) gets a more cursory treatment here th
Even though this is a series, I have been reading them as I come across them, out of order, this being my 4th read. As always, Inspector Rutledge, suffering from WWI PTSD, is sent out to a small English village to try to solve a murder. This time it is a family, quite unusual, everyone but one child who has managed to escape the carnage. Rutledge must search for him and the murderer while a snowstorm covers up tracks and evidence. The Inspector is always an interesting character, hearing the voi ...more
A good read, as usual, but the nexus between the crime and the motive was weak. But, as usual, one can't wait to find out what will happen to Ian and Hamish next. Plus I can't help wondering if eventually Bowles gets a real comeuppance!
Shannon Causey
I randomly grabbed this off the library shelf and then returned to read everything I could find by this duo. The books take some work to settle into, but I love the characters and the carefully woven plots. Plus they're clean.
As I read further in the series, I'm getting tired of the conceit of the detective having another man inside his head. Rutledge has no lasting relationships other than Hamish.
Richard Stueber
It's December 1919. Inspector Ian Rutledge has been testifying in northern England in Preston so Chief Superintendent Bowles has little choice but to send him on to the Village of Urskdale. Nearby a family of five has been shot and killed. One member of the family, Josh Robinson is missing.
There are a number of local suspects but Rutledge is stumped for days.He is as usual haunted by the ghost of Hamish MacLeod whom he had executed in World War I. Meanwhile Bowles has become impartient back in L
Pretty much zero on the surprise scale in this book, so a bit of a let-down compared to some of the others.
Dec 20, 2013 Beth rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This was slow to start and a lot could have been cut out, but the end was exciting.
I was a little disappointed.
No CSI, no DNA evidence, not even fingerprints and the detective doesn't even carry a gun. How crimes were solved without these conveniences.
Love these books. The mystery meanders along very slowly but the mystery does get solved and the journey is well worth it.
Lots of suspects.
No heroes
No heroines
No sex
Just a scarred, damaged detective and a murder to solve.
Love these books!!
This book had a great murder mystery with many suspects, each with a secret. (Make a movie of these mysteries, please) T
Inspector Rutledge is called out in the middle of a snowstorm to assist a local police officer solve a murder of five members of the same family. The scene is puzzling because it appears no one in the family made any attempt to fight back. One member of the blended family is missing, a ten year old boy, Josh. As the days pass and the search parties are unable to find him, hopes for his survival grow slim. Rutledge has a number of individuals he has identified as suspects including; the brother o ...more
Seventh in the series. The book dragged for me for much of the beginning but then got very dramatic in closing chapters, enough to win me over at the end. At times some bits of information were unnecessarily reiterated (to the point of mild annoyance) and to be honest, for much of the book the authorial voice sounded less skillful in utilizing detail and nuance than as these elements were employed in earlier Inspector Rutledge mysteries--almost as if it was a different author for much of this bo ...more
Ian Rutledge is assigned to investigate the murder of a family. A ten year old boy is missing. Either he is the killer, or missing in freezing weather. The entire village has turned out to search for him. But it has been days since the killings. It is hard to imagine the boy could be alive exposed to the brutal weather. The mother and son team, writing under the pen name Charles Todd, continue to explore the after effects of World War One on British society and on Ian Rutledge who suffers from h ...more
Heather McKeon
I think this was my least favorite Ian Rutledge book so far. It's not that it was bad or anything, it just didn't pull me in and hold my attention quite the same way the others have. I read it quite a bit slower than usual. Although it got quite intense at the end and then I couldn't put it down. So I guess I'd say that I thought the book was okay in general, but I really enjoyed the last 70 pages. I also thought i was reading this series in order, but he kept referencing his last case and it wa ...more
Laurel Northey
I always enjoy this series. The protagonist, damaged by WWI, is much more complex than the investigating detective in most mysteries. Todd continues to develop his character through the series. There are enough misdirects (red herrings) in the story to keep you guessing as several characters seem to be plausible suspects. As usual, the ending leaves a few loose threads hanging relating to Rutledge to make you want to pick up the next book and start reading it.
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