Hunting Shadows (Inspector Ian Rutledge #16)
A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a ma ...more
There aren't enough words for how much I love this (literally and figuratively) haunted, emotionally scarred war veteran. He's got class. He's got common sense. He's got a tremendous amount of empathy as well as the ability to take a step back and observe the situation.
I could go on, write a subjective review, but there's really no point. I simply have no complaints ...more
Rutledge is commanding. Dealing with issues stemming from war, he carries himself with poise. A professional with intelligence, methodical and pragmatic. His human side isn’t ignored in the line of duty as he exercises compassion along with never failing to lose sight of his observations, his keen eye engaged.
The mystery factor is full of clever twists and turns, unfolding slowly in a rather smart manner ...more
A sniper killer at Ely Cathedral takes Inspector Ian Rutledge to Cambridgeshire. A separate shooting in a different village does have a witness, but her testimony makes no real sense. The biggest barrier to Rutledge’s investigation is the apparent lack of motive in either case and lack of connection between the two victims. With the third shooting, and a target who survives, Rutledge starts looking to the past for both the motive, and for the ...more
This one-- the same, but I've got to say, this one grabbed me by the gut and swung me around. I HAD to stay up.
Yesterday I got a Valentine from The Rare Book School (for real-- a degree-granting graduate program) the text was "A book that doesn't keep you up at night is not worth going to bed with.
I stayed up until 1:15 am when I decided I had to do ...more
I find I much prefer the contemporary method of choosing a husband, and not worrying too much about what people think. Oh, we do still worry about that, but not as obsessively as the people of the 1920s and earlier did. When you look at how much went wrong. The loves lost, the lives lost. I cried.
So much tha ...more
Ian Rutledge is working on finding a "shadowy" figure who shoots to kill and then disappears without a trace. Rutledge has a difficult time finding clues and connections that would lead to the murderer's identification.
The first shooting was at a wedding and the second at a political rally. No one seems to be able to understand how the two are related nor the reason for the murders.
HUNTING SHA ...more
Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is called in by the local constabulary when they are stymied by not one, but two murders - both perpetrated by a sniper. The two victims are completely disparate and it's up to Rutledge to find the common denominator - and t ...more
This detective is exceptionally complex, solving his crimes while navigating his own particular form of PTSD after actions he took during WWI. It would be ...more
Hunting Shadows is a fascinating mystery that combines a search for “whodunnit” along with a surprisingly twisty trail leading to “why did they do it”. The struggle in this story is to make sense out of two crimes that seemingly don’t, until they suddenly, and chillingly, do.
This story starts out as a seemingly traditional mystery; we see the crime, but don’t know who the perpetrator is. It looks like the mystery will be the hunt for the killer. But it’s no ...more
A little background for those who have not yet had the pleasure: Todd has created a sympathetic, compelling protagoni ...more
Two men are gunned down by rifle fire and Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is sent to investigate. There are many characters in this complex novel but Rutledge doesn't find anything to tie the two murders together.
Through the story, Rutledge hears the spirit voice of Hamish who gives advice and suggestions. Hamish was one of Rutledge' ...more
Set in 1920’s England, this is a Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge novel; yes, I have located another historical mystery and I am truly beginning to love the genre. This tale leads Inspector Rutledge and many of his suspects back into the grips of WWI, a time they cannot shake th ...more
Set in England just after World War I many of the characters are suffering from physical and mental problems due to their service in that horrible war. Rutledge is too. He is accompanied everywhere he goes by the voice of a Scottish soldier named Hamish ...more
Author: Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
This is a great British mystery! I haven’t read any of this author’s Inspector Rutledge mysteries before, but I’m sure going to be reading them now! This book in the series is set shortly after World War I has ended in 1920. This story takes place mostly in the Fens, an area of Great Britain sparsely populated at that time and consisting of waterways, drainage ditches and wi ...more
The man deserved to die. But not this way. Not sacrificing himself. There had to be a better way. Look at it from a different perspective. God had brought this man to him once. He would do it again. All he had to do was wait. However long it took. His patience would pay off. He was ready. And Hutchinson would come to h ...more
This mystery takes place in England's fen country, low-lying, foggy marshes dotted with quiet villages. When two men are shot at public gatherings a few days apart, Rutledge is called in to find a connection and catch the mysterious shooter.
I have read all of the Inspector Rutledge books and look forward to the next in the series. Part of the appeal are the descriptions of everyday living conditions barely 100 years ago that are so different from today - motorcars were still a new mode of transportation; there were few telephones available; etc.I was a little disappointed in how the ending was handled. It seemed that the murderer had been found, only to have another person revealed as the actual culprit, a man as skilled in hiding ...more
A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange its unbelievable.
Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their ...more