A Long Shadow (Inspector Ian Rutledge #8)
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...more
In this particular installment, the author (Charles Todd is actually a mother-son writing team) ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Or do the attempts on his life and shell casing mean something else instead? Is he bei ...more
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 ...more
The addition of the stalker wasn't crucial to the story, in my opinion. It feels tacked on to ...more
Author: Charles Todd
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 ...more
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 ...more