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A Divided Loyalty

(Inspector Ian Rutledge #22)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  482 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is assigned one of the most baffling investigations of his career—a cold murder case with an unidentified victim and a cold trail with few clues to follow.

Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, a respected colleague of Ian Rutledge’s, is sent to Avebury, a village set inside a great prehistoric stone circle not far from Stonehenge.

A young woman
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by William Morrow / HarperCollins Publishers
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Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It has been a pleasure to be back in the capable hands of the mother/son duo who comprise Charles Todd. I have been away too long. At this point in Inspector Ian Rutledge’s story it has been some three years or so since the end of the war and his return to Scotland Yard. Those years have not been easy as he continues to live with the side effects of the shell shock he suffered during trench warfare. And he continues to have Hamish as a constant vocal reminder of his worst wartime memory.

Sharon Huether
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
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Barbara Rogers
Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge #22
Publication Date: 2/4/2020
Number of Pages: 336

Betrayal, shock, dismay, regret, and sadness are all felt by Ian Rutledge as he solves his latest case. As always, the story is well-written and excellently plotted with twists and turns throughout. While this is the twenty-second book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone – but since it is a great series, I’m sure you’ll want to run right out and get some of the earlier books. Ian is one of those
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Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries. The author(s) set the tone and the background expertly. The pace is just right and the clues unfold as Inspector Rutledge finds them. The characters are well-drawn and complex. I am so glad that I have discovered this series.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
**I won this novel from a giveaway on GoodReads and was asked for an honest review**

This is my first read by authors; Charles Todd. This novel is also #22 in the series, "Inspector Ian Rutledge". Even though this novel is #22 in the series, the authors did an excellent job in not letting the reader feel lost with the characters and if I didn't know any better this novel could easily be a stand alone novel. The story is set in England, 1921 just after WWI. The main character is a very likable
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent is an understatement! I have followed Ian Rutledge since book one and have loved all the stories of cases he has solved. This is byfar the best of them all. Ian Rutledge (the main character) is like a dog with a bone, he doesn't stop until he has all the answers to solve his case no matter the cost. I don't know how two people can weave a tale the way "Charles Todd" does but it is a work of genius. If you have never read any of their many books before you are in for a real treat. Thank ...more
I was thrilled to learn that I'd won an Advanced Reader's Edition of the latest installment of the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. I have dipped in and out of this series, but this was the first time that I'd wished that I'd read the previous book before diving in. Despite missing the full backstories on certain plot points, I still thoroughly enjoyed this novel from start to finish. It made me want to go back and read its most immediate predecessors to find out what happened, which I'd say is a ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is 1921 and Chief Inspector Brian Leslie of Scotland Yard is sent to Avebury, a small village near Stonehenge to solve a murder. The body of a young woman was found near a prehistoric stone circle. No one seems to recognize her or know how she could have got there. It would have been too far to walk especially at night and no one saw the lights of an automobile despite how clear the night was. Despite all his efforts, Leslie gives up on the case. She remains nameless and there are no clues to ...more
Mary Kearney
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in this series I have read. I really enjoyed it. I received it as an advanced copy. The story moves at a good pace and kept me interested. I plan to read more in the series.
Susie James
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was delighted to have won an advance reader's copy of "A Divided Loyalty" by the mother-son personae of Charles Todd via Goodreads! A good reading experience, indeed, during the past crisp weekend in Carroll County, Miss.; set in England, 1921, with characters and background still suffering from World War I experiences and haunted by all of the foggy isle's previous centuries -- intriguing as certain characters among the monoliths of Avebury and the alter ego of Detective Ian Rutledge, who ...more
Debbie Maskus
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mother and son team of Charles Todd continue to write a well-balanced mystery. In this novel, Ian Rutledge must reinvestigate a murder in which Chief Inspector Brian Leslie could not find the killer. Rutledge feels that Chief Superintendent Markham has set him up to fail and to lose his job. Charles Todd paints beautiful and chilling scenes of an area close to Stonehenge, where the villagers stumble in this mystic area. Rutledge’s past life enters into many scenes and seems to hinder his ...more
Candace Noble
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advance reader giveaway. As usual with these writers, this book was excellent. It seemed slow at times, but, in retrospect, the slowness and lack of progress mirrored Rutledge's efforts to find the main murderer. I did wonder for some time how the unconnected murders were later found to be similar, but Rutledge did, in fact, determine the commonality.

Hamish seemed less vociferous and less abusive than in previous novels. Is his involvement decreasing?
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy British period novels so A Divided Loyalty was just my cup of tea. This was my first meeting with Inspector Ian Rutledge although I understand that this is one of a series. The Inspector is a systematic officer making sure that he has all his ducks in a row before leading up to the arrest. Of course, that is what made this novel interesting. Please read and enjoy.
I received A Divided Loyalty through a goodreads giveaway.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding Mystery to the last half page.
Having read a handful of the Ian Rutledge series books, I can say that all are well written and engage me early on. Those were books I rated as 4 stars, but this one is a 6! About 90% through I was convinced that I knew the perp. But Noooo, there were surprises galore left in the last few pages. Not much doubt that I will be enjoying a lot more of the books from the Charles Todd team in 2020.
David Steele
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really, really liked this book for its story and atmosphere. Inspector Rutledge is a haunted WWI veteran who has a passion for justice and the truth no matter what the cost to his personal life and career. I also struck me how a hundred years ago people actually talked and listened to each other without having their faces buried in their phones like today. To be sure a terrible time but maybe a better time.

(goodreads winner)
Janice Cloutier
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this book! I had not read any of the previous books so was a bit lost when old details came up but it did not change my enjoyment of this mystery! Very well written! I loved the detail which the inspector goes through to solve the crime! I really enjoyed this book and will try to pick up some of the others by this author! I truly recommend this book to murder mystery fans, British fans and anyone who enjoys a great read! Many thanks for a great read!
Kathleen Gardiner
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read! Thanks to GoodReads for sending me a copy for my honest review. I love good, old-fashioned mysteries, and this is a beaut! Mystery & Thriller
“Chief Superintendent Markham had known what he was doing when he sent Rutledge to the stones. There was nothing here to find. Except for failure.”

Regular readers of Charles Todd's stellar Inspector Ian Rutledge series know that his heart hasn't really been in the game lately. World War I is over, yet Rutledge still bares the mental scars from both that and his years as an Inspector at Scotland Yard. It seems pointless that Markham would set Rutledge up for failure when there is an unopened
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Nancy Baker
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't love a good Scotland Yard mystery? It is shortly after WWI and those who were "spared" have returned home. Yes, they were spared in the sense that they can still breathe and look somewhat human, but their eyes and their mind still see the horrors and atrocities of war. Those sights haunt them like an addiction.

Ian Rutledge is home and back on the force, but he carries with him baggage. It causes him problems from time to time, especially when he hear that voice in his head. His
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a gift from the Goodreads giveaway program. But I would definitely have read it without the gift.

Charles Todd is/are one of the author/s I follow regularly. I have read most, I think, of the Ian Rutledge series, and I have always found them a good story. These are not easy books. Rutledge is a damaged character, suffering from shell shock of World War One - The Great War. He struggles daily with his memories. The murders he investigates in his job as a detective at
Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, a colleague of Ian Rutledge, is sent to Avebury, a village built inside a prehistoric stone circle much larger than Stonehenge. He is to investigate the murder of an unknown woman. The coroner’s inquest concludes that the still unidentified woman was murdered by person or persons unknown. Rutledge is uncomfortable when some time later, he is ordered to Avebury to work his magic of finding the murderer of unidentifiable women. He knows that his boss is setting him up ...more
Jessica Asbell
When Chief Inspector Leslie is called to a murder in Avebury, he tries to give the case to someone else. But when no one else is available, he himself must go down to the small town that has built in the midst of giant stones, similar to Stonehenge. As he hear his inner monologue, we discover that he knows who she is and why she had to die. But he must hide it from everyone else. So when the inquest comes back as "murdered by persons unknown," he thinks he is safe. Until Inspector Ian Rutledge ...more
Mary  (Biblophile)
Having read all the previous Ian Rutledge mysteries, I was overjoyed to receive this ARC from Harper Collins publishers.

A colleague of Ian's is sent to investigate the murder of a young woman who is found under the shadow of a mysterious stone within a prehistoric stone circle. Although he puts much effort into the case, Chief Inspector Brian Leslie is unable to find the killer or the identity of the young woman. The people of the small village where the murder took place are anxious and
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A Divided Loyalty” by Charles Todd, William Morrow, 336 pages, Feb. 4, 2020.

Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is on his way to court, so when a body is found in the village of Avebury, Chief Inspector Brian Leslie is sent.

A young woman has been murdered next to a prehistoric stone figure. She was stabbed. She is not a local person and didn’t have identification on her.

A month later, Rutledge is sent to Tern Bridge, where another woman has been murdered. She also was not a local person. He
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I entered a giveaway on Goodreads and won a copy of this book. I have read several books in the Bess Crawford series by this mother and son writing team but this is my first read in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. I was not disappointed.
This book is #22 in that series. Except for a few things that referred to past events in Rutledge’s life, this could be a stand alone book.
Rutledge is out of favor with his superior at Scotland Yard and is sent to Avebury to follow up on an unresolved case
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury, like a woman scorned."

Bloody good story.
A police procedural that takes place in 1923 London.
Trying to solve a murder without DNA, fingerprints, smart phones, or the internet.
Holy cow! How did they solve any crimes back then?
The big 'S' word. Ahhhh, follow the sex.

My first Charles Todd read and it wont be my last.
A young women has been murdered and her body dumped in an open grave. A second woman is found dead next to ancient stone
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of books about Sherlock Holmes, Watson and their solving of mysteries. Although this book is not about that character, Ian Rutledge is a character that certainly can qualify as one much like him. This book is in a series which I have not yet read, but plan to look for as I felt it was very well written and kept me in suspense and I would like to read more about this main character. You have to closely relate to Rutledge as he goes out of his way to solve some murders ...more
Melissa Dee
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Divided Loyalty is another great addition to the Ian Rutledge series. Rutledge is sent to investigate an unsolved case of a woman’s body found near the standing stones of Avebury. A previous investigation by the Yard reached a dead end, and Rutledge’s superior is sending him to re-investigate, and possibly give the Yard a reason to accept Rutledge’s resignation when and if he fails. The twists in this story took me by surprise, and made it a read-in-one-sitting pleasure. Frequent back references ...more
Ottilee B.
I almost gave up when I got confused at the beginning! It was more than the feeling of things not being correct: I felt very topsy-turvy, as if I landed in two different books. THEN, things started coming together for me and all was right in the world. (And I realized that's the way these Inspectors always feel.) I did like the pacing of this book, set between the World Wars, when policework was mostly 'legging it' to scrounge for clues and then digging deeper to find more. How frustrating! No ...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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