Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

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Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

by Charles Todd

Harpercollins Publishers | January 13, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

A man is murdered at a society wedding held at Ely Cathedral, and the local police are mystified. In the end, they send for Scotland Yard, but not before another man is killed. This time, there''s a witness, but her description of the killer is so strange that no one believes her.So it''s Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge''s task to find out who the murderer is and why he has set out on this killing spree, because there is another death, and the three victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically can connect them.Even as Rutledge begins to close in on the perpetrator, he finds himself doubting his own judgment because the facts are contradictory. It isn''t until the fourth murder that something Rutledge witnessed in the war gives him the key and brings back an episode he has tried to forget. But that leaves him with a moral dilemma with only one solution. Will he follow the letter - or the spirit - of the law?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.87 in

Published: January 13, 2014

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006232294X

ISBN - 13: 9780062322944

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent historical mystery series 4.5/5 I absolutely love Charles Todd's Bess Crawford series, but funnily enough I've only read one or two of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries. And I'm not sure why, as I really enjoyed Hunting Shadows, the 16th entry in this series. 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 the killer. Todd writes wonderful historical mysteries - the times, the social customs and mores, the language and more are just lovely to immerse yourself in. It's a gentler time, but it's also coloured by the aftermath of World War 1. (Hunting Shadows is set in 1920) Shell shock (what we now call PTSD) plays a part in both the plot and with our main character. Rutledge often converses with Hamish, a dead soldier from Rutledge's past. I enjoyed and savoured the slow building of the case. Finding clues, conducting interviews, visiting scenes - it's all done in a measured manner that is just a treat to read. Yes, it's a murder mystery, but it's such a rich, atmospheric read on top of that. There's so much detail in Todd's prose, bringing the time period, the settings and the supporting cast to life. The final whodunit is a satisfying end to some excellent plotting - one a reader will not guess beforehand. Definitely recommended.
Date published: 2015-02-11

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Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

by Charles Todd

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.87 in

Published: January 13, 2014

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006232294X

ISBN - 13: 9780062322944

From the Publisher

A man is murdered at a society wedding held at Ely Cathedral, and the local police are mystified. In the end, they send for Scotland Yard, but not before another man is killed. This time, there''s a witness, but her description of the killer is so strange that no one believes her.So it''s Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge''s task to find out who the murderer is and why he has set out on this killing spree, because there is another death, and the three victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically can connect them.Even as Rutledge begins to close in on the perpetrator, he finds himself doubting his own judgment because the facts are contradictory. It isn''t until the fourth murder that something Rutledge witnessed in the war gives him the key and brings back an episode he has tried to forget. But that leaves him with a moral dilemma with only one solution. Will he follow the letter - or the spirit - of the law?

About the Author

Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.

Editorial Reviews

“Tricky plotting and rich atmospherics distinguish bestseller Todd’s 16th novel featuring Scotland Yard’s Insp. Ian Rutledge....Todd (the pen name of a mother-son writing team) has rarely been better.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Hunting Shadows

“Another well-written, well-plotted entry in this always engaging mystery series. — Booklist on Hunting Shadows

“Another winner…Strong atmosphere and a complicated mystery make this book one that readers won’t be able to put down.” — Romantic Times 4 1/2 stars on Hunting Shadows