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A Long Shadow (Inspector Ian Rutledge #8)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  2,750 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews

Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge brought the Great War home with him, and its horrors haunt him still. On New Year's Eve 1919, he finds a brass cartridge casing, similar to countless others he'd seen on the battlefield, on the steps of a friend's house. Soon there are more, purposely placed where he is sure to discover them.

Unexpectedly drawn away from London to

Hardcover, First Edition Edition, 352 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by William Morrow
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Jan 05, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it
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
Nov 22, 2013 Joe rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is the eighth adventure of Ian Rutledge, a “shell-shocked” World War I veteran, back at his pre-war job at Scotland Yard, investigating and solving murders. (The books take place in 1919.) Ian is also haunted – literally- by the ghost of a Scottish soldier who reported to him during his time in the trenches. Hamish – said ghost – is not just an ephemeral lurking presence but a constant character. After eight books, Hamish has become more than tiresome; he’s aggravating, much a like a neighb ...more
Laura Edwards
Mar 20, 2015 Laura Edwards rated it it was ok
My least favorite in the series thus far. Right off the bat, two negatives. A storyline which seemingly involved a spiritualist. Thank heavens, she did it more as a lark and the story wasn't bogged down in mysticism. The second disappointment. Any hopes of a developing relationship between Ian and Elizabeth Fraser are shot to pieces in the first scenes with Rutledge. Either give him a love interest or don't. Quit with the teasing! And if that's not enough, the very ending also shoots any lingeri ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Jun 07, 2012 Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it
This is the first of the Inspector Ian Rutledge books I have read and, although I liked it, I think I should have read the ones preceding it to get an overall understanding of the main character. Throughout the book, Inspector Ian Rutledge, tormented by his time in the trenches in WWI, holds conversations with the spirit of Hamish (who I assume was his batman) who died in that war....but circumstances surrounding his death are sketchy and appear to be somehow the fault of Rutledge. That may be h ...more
Feb 11, 2009 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
All of the books by Charles Todd are a pleasant read with nice accurate tie-ins to the post World War I period in England, including the transitional difficulties to civilian life of the main character, Inspector Rutledge, and others who survived the war. Rutledge's transition is more difficult because he has no visible wounds, but suffers from what is now recognized as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In this particular installment, the author (Charles Todd is actually a mother-son writing team)
Jul 10, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
I love Inspector Rutledge! I feel so sorry for him and wish he could find peace and a woman to love. Only thing is, when he does find peace and Hamish is gone, then the series will most likely be over, and I don't know if I want that.
After reading the previous book in this series, A Cold Treachery, I was interested to see where Inspector Ian Rutledge's cases would take him next and I decided to jump right in and read the next book in the series. After all, it was already on my Kindle waiting for me, just a click away.

We first encounter the inspector here on New Year's Eve, 1919, only a short while after the end of his last case. He accompanies his sister, Frances, to the house of mutual friends for a dinner party. At the par
Pris robichaud
Jan 04, 2009 Pris robichaud rated it really liked it

and Tormented Inspector, 11 Feb 2006

"I don't want you to die," she said bluntly. "I've seen enough of death and destruction. I want to hold my séances and bring back dead kings and silly jesters and the ghost of Hamlet's father. There is no harm in that and it makes people laugh. And, it keeps my mind from dwelling on what it should not be remembering. You were the soldier, Inspector but I put soldiers back together. Or tried to help others do that. I don't know which is worse."
In the New Year
Will Byrnes
Oct 05, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it liked it
This is the 8th novel in a series centering on Inspector Ian Rutledge. That presents some difficulty, mostly in having to cope with a large number of characters who are all new to me as a first-timer. But readers of the series will face less of a challenge as many of the names here will already be familiar.

It is 1919, and the inspector is about to testify in a case in Hertford. He begins to find machine gun shell casings with patterns carved in them, first a single, then two, then three. The thi
Jul 15, 2010 Patsyann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If a movie is going to be made from these books - this should be the one!! This book is a great mystery and keeps one guessing until the very last chapter.
A mystery solved without CSI!! The book plods along - and whenever I think it could have gone quicker I realize that the book takes place in 1919 and there is no CSI. They couldn't even take a fingerprint. Surprised that it could be determined that someone was poisoned!!
The one annoying thing - is that it is very obvious that the book was not
Aug 24, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it
A LONG SHADOW (Police Procedural-England-1919) – VG
Todd, Charles – 8th in series
William Morrow, 2006-Hardcover
Inspector Ian Rutledge, still haunted by his past and the spirit of Hamish, keeps finding cartridge shells, etched with poppies, left for him, first in London and still after he is sent to a remote country village where local Constable Hensley has been shot in the back with an arrow and left in a wood shunned by the locals. But Rutledge wonders whether the attack is revenge and associate
May 02, 2014 Caroline rated it really liked it
It's difficult enough to investigate crimes without doing it with a Scottish ghost by your side at every moment. But such is the challenge Inspector Ian Rutledge lives through each day following his return from the trenches at Sommes during WWI. It also seems someone is stalking him, leaving him empty shell casings, taking a shot at him while he's driving, even perhaps trying to run him down in a stolen lorry.

Or do the attempts on his life and shell casing mean something else instead? Is he bei
Pamela Mclaren
Aug 31, 2015 Pamela Mclaren rated it really liked it
A sad tale of lonely people held together by secrets and pain -- war and disillusionment -- and it all comes together in a small town where the constable has been shot with a bow and arrow in a haunted forest, some say looking for the grave of a young woman who disappeared three years before. Its let to Inspector Ian Rutledge to resolve the mystery of why the constable was shot, what happened to the young woman and why someone has been leaving empty rifle cartridges for him. Rutledge fears not o ...more
Feb 01, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Long Shadow (Charles Todd) is a great who-dun-it. Set in 1919 England post war, inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to find out who was shot (with a bow and arrow in the woods). He then comes across another mystery...the disappearance of a young girl three years prior. As he tries to solve both cases, he also finds he is being stalked. Casings from a gun are being left for him, a trail of spent bullets and a reminder of a haunting war. Not to mention his own personal demons from the war, which are ...more
Ok, so another one bites the dust. I think this is the fifth book in this series that I've read since I discovered it a week ago. So, I probably don't need to say much more about it - except that perhaps my favourite character is the one that doesn't really exist except in the protagonist's head!
Jul 29, 2016 Janice rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
These novels are fine while I'm reading them. The writing is decent. But five mins after I'm done, I've forgotten everything that happened in the story.
Apr 28, 2009 Marla rated it really liked it
So far, this is the best of the series. Highly recommended.
I find these books end a bit abruptly. There is a lot of detail during the build up, but after the revealing of the perpetrator, boom, the end.
Mar 27, 2014 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I think I am giving this three stars because I am just a bit tired of the series. I need to see some change in Inspector Rutlidge. Hamish is getting a bit tiresome by the 8th book.
Jul 28, 2016 Peggy rated it liked it
Very good
Janet Mahlum
Nov 11, 2016 Janet Mahlum rated it really liked it
Very good. I'm not sure where in England we were this time, but it was a cold, dreary place for sure.
I had no idea "who done it" ever. There was kind of a loose thread in the previous book that this book snipped off. Not going there. In addition to the murder, there was a side story of a stalker. I felt that was extraneous, confusing, distracting, and totally unnecessary. It added nothing to the plot. There was also a female character with ESP that was likewise unnecessary. Hamish does an excell
Susan Beecher
Feb 05, 2017 Susan Beecher rated it really liked it
I always find Charles Todd's mysteries compelling and enjoyable and this one was no exception.
Oct 22, 2016 Marj rated it liked it
Another great mystery in this series.
Bryan Higgs
Mar 16, 2017 Bryan Higgs rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed the Inspector Rutledge series, of which this book is one. This one is a well-entangled mystery (or two, actually), that it doesn't divulge the secrets of until the very end. I wasn't quite so satisfied as I have been in earlier reads of this series, but it still drew me in and kept me.

Mar 10, 2017 Carol rated it really liked it
I love these books about a Scotland Yard inspector haunted by World War I as well as his actions during the war. I thought I had this one figured out, two different ways!, but, no. Totally surprised by the ending. But a surprise ending is the least of the intriguing factors for me. What most intrigues me is the really good writing. I am also fascinated that these books are written by a mother/son team. Would love to ask them lots and lots of questions about how in the world they do this....
Sally Sharamitaro
Feb 26, 2017 Sally Sharamitaro rated it really liked it
Another Ian Rutledge murder mystery by two of my favorite mystery writers.
Feb 22, 2017 Madeline rated it really liked it
This installment of Ian Rutledge's career is a bit different, including a haunted wood, a reticent village population, murderous family secrets, and a vengeful war veteran. Rutledge barely finishes with one case before he is sent off to investigate another one. They are all much more complicated than they first appear. He investigates with his superior in London breathing down his neck demanding results.
The addition of the stalker wasn't crucial to the story, in my opinion. It feels tacked on to
Lisa Johnson
Jul 16, 2014 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: A Long Shadow (Inspector Ian Rutledge #8)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 341
Year: 2006
Publisher: William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Inspector Ian Rutledge wants nothing to do with the woman performing the séance. She seems to know his secret. He can’t let anyone find out about Hamish. His war memories threaten to overwhelm him if he doesn’t escape. Respite comes in the form of a phone call from the Yard on a minor matter, but Ian uses it as an excuse to leave the dinner part
May 30, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I hadn't read a Charles Todd book for a while, and was in need of some 'light' reading. So I picked this one up. I always enjoy these books for the most part, but at before I bought the book, I saw a reader comment that the presence of Hamish in Detective Ian Rutledge's life is getting old. To an extent I agree with that reviewer, but not to the point where I don't think the book is worth reading. This plot device that Todd (mother and son writers) uses is actually quite unique in mod ...more
Mary Ellen
Oct 12, 2013 Mary Ellen rated it really liked it
I'm not sure why I found this more satisfying than the typical Ian Rutledge mystery (usually 3 stars), but I did. (PERHAPS because I cheated, skimmed to the end to learn whodunit, then went back & read at a normal pace - a study showed people enjoyed reading stories more when they knew how they ended!)

This despite the fact that the solution to the mystery is a bit...incredible. But I liked the mix of characters, the believable setting - where despite the mysterious attack on the local consta
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