Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #3)
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Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge #3)

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The introspective hero of wings of Fire and A Test of Wills (Edgar Award nominee) return in a provocative new mystery. Inspector Ian Rutledge, haunted by memories of World War I and the harrowing presence of Hamish, a dead soldier, is "a superb characterization of a man whose wounds have made him a stranger i his own land." ("The New York Times Book Review")
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 15th 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 1st 1999)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.5* of five

What on Earth are the murders of some seemingly unrelated women in the Dorset countryside to do with Scotland Yard? Well, as always, Ian Rutledge and his internal nemesis Hamish are sent where the Yard thinks they stand the best chance of getting rid of them (though the only one they KNOW they're getting rid of is Ian). As always, strict instructions are issued for Rutledge to avoid antagonizing the powerful people involved in this case; as always, he fails; and as always, Ru...more
Megan
Another book in the Inspector Rutledge series, Search the Dark, is again set in a small English village. In this case, Rutledge is sent to investigate the death of a woman, and to help search for her missing and possibly dead children. The local police, who are not terribly welcoming to Rutledge, have arrested a man for the crime. But it is not as simple as that, being really pretty twisty! The man locked up thought he saw the wife and children he believed dead during the war getting off a train...more
Judy
World War I has ended--or has it? For milions of people in England and in the other countries who participated in the senseless slaughter of that war, it will never end. Inspector Ian Rutledge is physically healed, but emotionally hanging on by a thread. He carries the voice of Hamish MacLeod, a soldier he was forced to execute in France for refusing to obey a direct order, in his head. Trying to keep anyone from realizing the extent of his emotional injuries, Rutledge returns to work at Scotlan...more
Caroline
Our war damaged Inspector is once again sent out by his boss to look into the murder of a woman and her missing children. The village police chief, resenting Scotland Yard's intrusion into his territory, believes he's arrested the murderer but Inspector Rutledge appears to harbor doubts. In speaking with the prisoner, he discovers another war damaged soul, but the man is horrified and shocked by what he believes he has done and cannot be drawn into speaking at length about his wife and children...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge #3)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 310
Year: 1999
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Inspector Ian Rutledge is still in the hot seat with his superior, Superintendent Bowles. As a result, he is sent away from London again on another case and out of the superintendent’s hair. This time he is sent to Dorset to discover if a man is truly guilty of killing his wife and two small children.
Ian begins asking the same questions the local authorities have asked. He...more
Charlene
After some non-fiction, it was nice to return to my usual British mystery. The Ian Rutledge/Scotland Yard detective series, set immediately after WWI, is is one of the best series I've read and this particular novel held my interest and was a quick read.
Luffy Monkey D.
Many people can make a hefty case for Search the Dark for being a good, even excellent book. The evidence to the contrary is tenuous. Most of the book is splendidly written, but it amounts to naught for me, if it doesn't deliver in the last act. Add to that the lack of follow up to the real struggles of the detective and the hindrances he faced...add to that the lack of support for the little bits of clues that went unheeded by the authors themselves, then I think I may be justified in my summa...more
Bee
Another good novel in the Rutledge series. This one wasn't my favorite, but was still a really great mystery.
Linda
Third in the Inspector Rutledge series, set in post WWI England. Enjoyable mystery.
Sheila
I quite enjoy the books this author/s have written. In this novel, Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to Dorset, England as a young woman has been found dead and the man and two children she was seen with are missing. Rutledge is assigned the task of finding the children. The main suspect is the woman's husband. But the case is not what it first seems. The suspect's wife and children were killed by a bomb in London when he was fighting in France. He was positive the woman he saw and the children wer...more
Patsyann
I love these books because they are not long books. The stories are short, no secondary characters, Ian Rutledge is a great character and the author really makes me feel like I am in England in 1919. I feel like I am in that little car (possibly a Model T or whatever Model they had in 1919 England) driving around the English countryside.

I didn’t like this book – Ian Rutledge was less tortured, I like him best when he uses his mental state to solve crimes. In this book, his relationship with a ma...more
Dorothy
Search the Dark is the third in author Charles Todd's excellent Inspector Ian Rutledge series, and, in my view, it is the best so far. Several other entries have followed this one and I will be interested to read them later to see just where the series goes.

But not for a while, I think. After reading the first three books in quick succession in a matter of weeks, it's time for me to move on to something else. First, though, let me tell you about this book.

Inspector Rutledge suffered terribly in...more
Stephanie
Jul 16, 2008 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans, anglophiles, mystery lovers
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Third book in a series of English mysteries set just after the first world war. Many mysteries have a troubled cop, detective, etc... at their heart but in this case the Scotland Yard detective is literally haunted... or mad. Ian Rutledge is a talented detective but he came back from the war with a heavy conscience and the spirit of a scottish soldier that he had shot for disobeying orders squatting in the back of his mind. Whether this is a real supernatural twinge or Rutledge is suffering from...more
Jared
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Mike
In the third Inspector Ian Rutledge novel the author(s)--a mother and son team writing under the name Charles Todd--continue to examine the effects of World War I on British society. A grief stricken veteran named Mowbray is arrested for the murder of a woman whom he believes is his wife who deserted him while he was away at war. The evidence seems incontrovertible that Mowbray is guilty until it appears the victim wasn't his wife at all. Did Mowbray kill another woman, a victim of mis-identific...more
Julie Barrett
The third in the series. Again, did not guess the killer. However, in this book I did feel the author did not give the reader enough clues/facts to ever figure out the solution to the crime. Not fair, really. The voice of Hamish is bothering me less though I still don't like it. I know that is the hook for this character but still....eh, it gets old. I hope the Inspector grows out of that issue. Starting to wonder if he will ever actually investigate a crime in London or if every book has him in...more
Terry Lee
Finished this book last night. It's the third book in the Ian Rutledge series. The character remains the same - a strong character still fighting his demons from the war. This mystery involves a man wrongly accused of murder and residents of Dorset who could easily be the real murderer. Like the first two books, Inspector Rutledge has a feeling about the accused and through his involvement with the residents and the twists and turns of their stories, he finally is able to arrest the right person...more
Tara
This one was better than the second one, but there's still this disappointing SAMENESS about these books. *Again* Rutledge gets sent off somewhere by his ill-wishing supervisor, *again* Rutledge is the only one that sees more to the story than is evident, *again* Rutledge is distracted by some attractive yet unattainable woman. *Again* the mystery drags along before being solved by a sudden fortuitous break in the final few pages.

Hamish seems to serve no point. It would be one thing if he was th...more
Mary Ellen
A semi-dark mystery featuring Ian Rutledge, a veteran who is far from recovered from the psychic wounds of his service in WWI. Another veteran, unemployed and pursuing rumors of work, sees the wife and child he thought killed in a bombing during the war on a train platform. He unravels psychologically, wandering the village where he spotted them in a state of rage. Then the body of a young woman is found on the edge of a field, the man is arrested, and Rutledge brought in from London to help fin...more
Howard
I commented on the earlier episode of Det. Rutledge. This may be my last to read as the mystery at the heart of the story I find more and more tenuous. The writer clearly has more interest in the side stories and back stories than the actual mystery and the final solving of the case doesn't seem to have any echoes in the earlier telling. Way too many characters with no rational connection to the murder(s) or the solution imho.
Jennifer
I have a weakness for historical mysteries. So, since you can only read so much Anne Perry, I decided to give Charles Todd's Rutledge a try. This is an early book in the series and I can tell you it only gets better from here.

Ian Rutledge was an Inspector at Scotland Yard before WWI. He came home shell shocked and since partially recovering spends his time trying to solve cases while his boss, who hates him, keeps throwing him into dicey situations trying to get him to commit career suicide. I...more
LJ
Search the Dark - G
Charles Todd - 3rd in series
Inspector Ian Rutledge, the war-damaged detective, is sent to a small Dorset town to locate two missing children. The body of a woman, assumed to be their mother, has been found. The local police have a suspect, a mentally unhinged veteran who believes he has glimpsed his wife and children on a railway platform there, even though he'd been told they'd died in an enemy bombing.

Face-to-face with a darkness more profound than that in his own mind, and...more
Joyce McKune
A returned soldier was arrested for the murder of his wife. However, his wife and children had been killed in a London bombing 3 years ago during the war. The man was so shell shocked from the war that he just accepted it when they told him he'd killed her. Rutledge was sent to Dorset to find the missing children, though they were long dead and buried after the bombing.
Sarah
Aug 18, 2012 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
A really good series thus far; emphasis solidly on A) the inspector and his internal problems and B) the mystery at hand, without extraneous wanderings off after sordid details or salacious subplots. The romantic hints have been emotional rather than sexual, and nothing has come of any of them; I love a good romance, but it is a very rare mystery author (think Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Anne Perry) who can entwine the two without making it hokey or unrealistic (seriously? detective an...more
Paula
I have read most of the Charles Todd books. I had a little trouble with this one- I kept picking it up trying to read and would fall asleep. I think it was me, not the book. It's another story of the English country side in the fog that accompanied after the "Great War", a murder or two occurs and Inspector Rutledge is sent to investigate. Rutledge survived the war, only to come back to an England devistated by losses and a changed society. He has work trouble with his superior and his "baggage"...more
Naomi
Because the narrative voice is so closely a description of the main character's perspective, this superbly crafted mystery series from Charles Todd entangles readers in doubts and suspicions and, frequently, the disorientation of Inspector Ian Rutledge. A pleasurable read because of the author's skill.
Leslie
oh my goodness! I am on a roll with these Ian Rutledge books. These are fantastic mysteries with surprising twists and excellent plot lines. I am reading these suckers back to back to back! As in all great series mysteries, I am getting to know the main character more and more with each new installment. I am glad I came to Charles Todd late because I would be on pins and needles waiting for the next book. As it is, I can savor them one right after another. I respect how Todd handles post-WWI Eng...more
Jane
I'm sorry I've missed these but I can take delight that I've found them now. Ian Rutledge is a complex, intelligent and haunted man. Back from WWI shell-shocked and fragile emotionally he goes back to what he knows best - Scotland Yard. While dealing with his demon(s) - and not the Yard's fair haired boy - he's sent to find 2 missing children after the mother is murdered and the father accused of the crime. All the major characters are not what they appear and most are implementing their own age...more
Diane Challenor
We read this via the audio book. Having read the previous two Inspector Ian Rutledge books, I found this one disappointing. We temporarily abandoned the book. Maybe it was the narration, but I think it was a combination of things. We got about one third of the way through and were completely bored. Be aware that I abandoned many books, sometimes it's just the wrong time to read a particular story. It's like a glass of wine, the enjoyment of it all depends on the mood you're in. I'll probably fin...more
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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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