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The Black Ascot

(Inspector Ian Rutledge #21)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,874 ratings  ·  438 reviews

Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge seeks a killer who has eluded Scotland Yard for years in this next installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.

An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible—but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior at Scotland Yard. Alan Barrington, who has evaded capture for ten years, is the su

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by William Morrow
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May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The year is 1921 and Ian Rutledge investigates what we might call a 'cold case' as it happened just after the death of King Edward VII. If you know the series, you will not be disappointed as this novel offers everything you expect. I have not read just one book with Rutledge, and for me The Black Ascot is one of the best in this series. I am glad Charles Todd manage to keep my interest and the good steady level of each book.
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Black Ascot is the 21st installment in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series by beloved author duo (mother and son), Charles Todd. For a series to have this lasting power, it has to be good, and in my eyes, it’s pure gold. Not to mention, the authors also have another beloved series devoted to Bess Crawford.

In The Black Ascot, Ian Rutledge, working for Scotland Yard, is on the hunt for an elusive killer. What spawns the hunt is a tip from a former convict. These are always suspicious for you ne
Judy Lesley
This is the 21st story in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series and I've been right there for each of them. Even though I liked this story (because I'm inclined to like the work of this writing team and I especially like this main character) there were a lot of times when Rutledge "imagined" that some circumstance might have happened and from there on it became an established piece of evidence. When the plot is a little thin for one of these Rutledge novels that kind of thing seems to happen often. ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I began reading this 21st book in the series of Ian Rutledge, written by Charles Todd, I found myself saying “Hello old friend”. After I greet my best friend Rutledge, I imagine myself getting into his car and saying, “Let’s get this adventure started” and off we go.

Ian Rutledge, Inspector with Scotland Yard, is on the hunt to find the missing murderer of beautiful Blanche Thorne Fletcher-Munro. It’s 1921 and the crafty murderer has been able to successfully hide for the past ten years.

A smal
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 21st of the Rutledge books, and I have read them all. During this tale, the year turns from 1920 to 1921 and Ian is investigating a possible murder or more going back to racing event, The Black Ascot, held soon after the death of Edward VII in 1910. Again we have the Chief Superintendent giving him assignment that will keep him out of the office and out of his hair. All possible avenues are considered and followed up by Ian as he tries to determine whether deaths are murders or not a ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
The Black Ascot by Charles Todd is the 21st book in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. I had an ecopy of this book, but most of the book did I listen to (a very enjoyable workday) and I found the audiobook version pleasurable. Although to be honest, Simon Prebble is not my favorite narrator. He has a voice that I try to get used to, there is a gruffness that I just can't seem to truly enjoy. However, the story is good really good. So after a while, I forgot about the voice and let the story take ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A true pleasure in audio. The best Charles Todd mystery yet.
Rich prose, embracing regrets on this one. If you're
a stranger to Inspector Rutledge, please indulge yourself with The
Black Ascot.
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
Yes! This was such a good one! I was pleasantly baffled throughout the entire thing - that doesn't usually happen for me, I can usually start to piece these things together. Not so with The Black Ascot! And Simon Prebble's narration was once again absolutely fantastic! This one totally deserves a 5-star!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
As always with any long-lived series, picking up the next book involves expectation and excitement -- and a bit of a leap of faith. You hope and trust that the author(s) have managed to keep the characters vibrant and alive and are finding fresh ways to keep the overall arcs of their lives and interactions progressing in new and interesting ways, while keeping the main focus on some kind of mystery. The peril to be avoided at all costs is a main character who just re-emerges as precisely the sam ...more
First Sentence: Ascot this year was very different from Ascots of the past.

Inspector Ian Rutledge saves the life of a man who is suffering from shell shock and threatening to commit suicide. In turn, the man gives him a tip that Alan Barrington, a man who was suspected of committing murder during the Black Ascot horse race 10 years previous, is back in England. When Rutledge's own sanity is called into question, after many years of hiding his suffering from shell shock, he realizes he must solv
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Black Ascot was a famous horse race that took place in 1910 in honor of the recently deceased King Edward VII. Everyone wore black to the race to show their mourning for the beloved king.

After the race, there was a notorious murder of one of the attendees, a murder that was never solved. Or at least the suspect was never apprehended.

The suspect was one Alan Barrington, a wealthy man who had the means to give the police the slip. He disappeared, apparently having left the country, and never a
Donna Hines
Ironically as I was reading this the Kentucky Derby had it's own crazy ending with a disqualification which seems appropriate in its own right to use here.
This one had me pondering why more times than I care to count as I couldn't grasp the 'thrill of the chase' which lacked substance for 'truth keepers' seeking evidence.
It was a case of Alan Barrington who was missing for the past 10 yrs but never declared dead after a tip came in altering the direction of the investigation by Inspector Ian Rut
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the Ian Rutledge series. What a detective he is; he never gives up on a case as long as there is the slightest chance of finding the guilty party. What makes this case different is the fact that the suspect hasn't been found guilty, but has been on the run for 10 years! Two men of amazing wills face off in this post-Great War mystery.

I enjoyed this look at the time period from just before WWI to 1921. There was only one thing that I found puzzling, which concerned Rutledge's wounding by
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I give this a 4.5 instead of a 5, because, although it was a great plot, and had far fewer of the usual elements of a Rutledge novel that drive me screaming up a wall, they are still there. Here’s what’s good—great, in fact. Hamish is still there, but almost more helpful than distracting. And Ian is edging toward dealing with this manifestation of his shell shock. (Please, lord, make that true and not just my seeing what I’m desperate to see.) Also good was the inclusion of some wonderful charac ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher, through the Goodreads giveaway program.
I have read and enjoyed most of the Inspector Rutledge series but not for some time so I had a short period of reaquaintance. I admit I stopped reading the series because Hamish (whose favorite word is 'Ware) had become annoying to me. That and he were much less pronounced in this book. However, I felt the book lacked direction or commitment. The case was a *cold* one and Rutledge seemed determined
Jim Angstadt
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
The Black Ascot (Inspector Ian Rutledge #21)
Charles Todd (Goodreads Author)

This is my tenth Ian Rutledge book. Unfortunately, the more I read of this series, the less I enjoy it. At several points in this one, I had nearly lost all interest in the plot or characters. Time to give Inspector Rutledge a rest.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
His (their) best yet.
Kathy Davie
Twenty-first in Inspector Ian Rutledge, the British historical detective mystery series that revolves around a Scotland Yard detective who struggles with PTSD and is haunted by the ghost of the corporal he had to shoot. This story starts in June 1910 in England.

My Take
It's all about the pursuit of truth, no matter what.

It's an intriguing start — and reminds me of Alex Grecian's The Yard (Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, 1), with its initial inciting incident. It also demonstrates Rutledge's com
The Library Lady
I enjoy these two series (the Bess Crawford books have linked characters, though they still are a few years behind this series), but the plot here was a bit much. Too many convenient Rutledge-just-was-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time-moments, too many clues popping up conveniently. Rutledge is a great character though, and the Charles Todd duo do an excellent job in both series of portraying how WWI and its aftermath effected both soldiers and civilians. I'm sad this one wasn't up to standar ...more
Kathleen Freeman
I am a fan of this series, I like how Ian works out his mysteries. However I am ready for him to find a little happines...
Jessica Asbell
Charles Todd is back with their newest book, The Black Ascot. Ten years ago, a murder took place during one of the biggest horse races in England at the time: the Black Ascot. It seems that a jealous man tampered with the car of the woman he loved and her husband. And so, on a straight and narrow road, on a bright sunny day, the life of Blanche Fletcher-Munro ended and her husband became crippled for life. Alan Barrington, the suspected murderer, went on the run before he could stand trial. Afte ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky me! I received a copy of The Black Ascot in a give-away. I got one of the best in the Rutledge series! I've read them all and love them all. The books always have dual story lines alternating between the mystery to be solved and Rutledge's ongoing struggle with his mental state due to shell shock from the war...and the possibility/ramifications of that being revealed to the world. In The Black Ascot, the two story lines become closely intertwined and lead Rutledge right to the edge of his ...more
This solid, pleasing mystery is the 21st entry in a popular series. It is not necessary to have read the previous titles to enjoy this slow-paced read that indirectly sheds light on the many personal costs of war.

The unique time period and setting is post-World War I in Great Britain. Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard has post-traumatic stress syndrome that emerges dramatically at unexpected times, but also appears in the gentle form of Hamish, the spirit of a young soldier who died in the war but w
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This is one of my favorite mystery series & it still seems fresh and enjoyable. I like and admire the main character, Ian Rutledge, a WWI veteran, still secretly suffering from shell shock who finds purpose in his Scotland Yard job. Difficult murder cases that require concentration and doggedness are welcome ways to banish the war memories. This was an interesting case, with good characters and a good mystery, but coincidence played a large role in solving the puzzle. ...more
Cindy Rollins
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, mysteries
Enjoyable offering in this solid series. Also enjoyed The Lake District references.
Lou Mallory
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rutledge returns!

A worthy addition to the Inspector Rutledge mysteries. Still the most compelling character I have encountered in
My years of reading. Still hoping for a romance for Rutledge but I will wait.

Ray Palen
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read my review this Friday at .
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I love the Rutledge series, but this one has too many coincidences to make it believable.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
In the course of now 21 books Charles Todd has really made me care very much about Inspector Ian Rutledge as he solves crimes and deals with his shell-shock. I am also very happy that there are still good traditional mysteries being written in these days when it seems like only thrillers get attention. In the case of The Black Ascot I was not nearly as enthralled with the mystery itself as I was with watching Ian as he doggedly followed from clue to clue. The book got more interesting as he adde ...more Mystery & Thriller
I have been reading and admiring Charles Todd's Inspector Ian Rutledge series since the beginning, which now numbers 21 with the release of THE BLACK ASCOT. You may think you know Ian Rutledge by this point. A brilliant detective who has been compared to the best of them all, Sherlock Holmes, he also represents the masses of soldiers who returned from war suffering from some form of PTSD. Readers will be surprised to find out more about this deeply layered character than any of the prior novels ...more
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Charles Todd is the pen name used by the mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd. Together they write the Ian Rutledge and Bess Crawford Series. They have published two standalone mystery novels and many short stories.

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Inspector Ian Rutledge (1 - 10 of 22 books)
  • A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #1)
  • Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #2)
  • Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #3)
  • Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #4)
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“He won't tell me very much about his war.
None of us do. It isn't something to share, you see. What we've seen, what we've done, ought to stay in France. But it didn't, it came home in our memories. They aren't memories we want you to know. You are the world we fought for. Safe and sane and not ugly. Better to keep it that way.”
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