The Black Ascot
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
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 solve ...more
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 ...more
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 343 (ARC)
Publisher: William Morrow
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Inspector Ian Rutledge is handed a cold case that his boss doesn’t expect him to solve. His boss has no love for Ian and tells him he expects him to find the man who has been missing for ten years but allegedly has been recently spotted. The missing man is wanted in connection to a murder ten years ago, but who disappeared before the tria ...more
The book takes place in a dual time period; 1910 ...more
I'm a fan of the Ian Rutledge series. Like any long-running series, some books are stronger than others, and I think The Black Ascot is one of the stronger additions in recent years.
Although the tip that sets off the story is highly coincidental, the rest of the book is beautifully woven and clearly written. I'm fond of many characters in this series, particularly Rutledge's aunt Melinda, and the authors' characterizations deepen with each book. I feel as if I'm in the English countrys ...more
I had never read any books by this author or even heard of the mother/son team. I actually really enjoyed this as a stand alone book. I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie and this book was similar to her style. It is told as first person account of Inspector Ian Rutledge trying to solve a cold case. Ian is a interesting, complicated, flawed character which makes the story interesting. Looking forward to reading more in this series.
There was j-u-s-t enough backstory gracefully interspersed that I didn't feel late to the Ian Rutledge party, but still understood what was going on. If you're new to Inspector Ian Rutledge books, don't fuss about "catching up"; the only problem you're going to have is in kicking yourself because it took you so long to discover him! (That was me. I can't believe I haven't even accidentally read one of these!!!)
I ALSO love a book (ser ...more
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 ...more
While I enjoyed the mystery of this one - another solid Rutledge entry with connections to the past and enough suspects to keep us all busy - I think this one missed the chance to add to Rutledge's characterization. At one point, his sanity is in question (among others as well as to himself), and the consequences could have resulted in a larger emotional impact, but the result is stunted.
Still, a good read in a great series.
In this, Rutledge is ...more
Honestly this book doesn't deserve a 5 star rating...but it also doesn't deserve a mere 4 star rating! This mother-son writing duo has two series that I love to read: The Inspector Ian Rutledge series as well as the Bess Crawford series. Many authors seem to either get lazy or lose interest in fully developing their characters or their plot lines by the time they get a number of books in the series, and ...more
It was great to be on the hunt again with Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge and slip back into his world! Thanks to the wonderful writing of the team of Charles Todd you drive the dark, stormy roads from London to whatever village the clues turn up in and you feel the cold, driving rain, the sleep deprivation and the need for justice. Rutledge does this with a car you must get out to crank, no cell phones or GPS (he's lucky if there's a village phone) and, if no pub ...more
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