A Test Of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Paperback | August 16, 2011

byCharles Todd

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“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation….A meticulously wrought puzzle.”
—New York Times Book Review

“An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.”
—Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle

“You’re going to love Todd.”
—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

The first novel to feature war-damaged Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, A Test of Wills is the book that brought author Charles Todd into the spotlight. This Edgar® and Anthony Award-nominated, New York Times Notable mystery brilliantly evokes post-World War I Great Britain and introduces readers to one of crime fiction’s most compelling series protagonists. Here the shell-shocked Rutledge struggles to retain his fragile grip on sanity while investigating the death of a popular army colonel, murdered, it appears, by a decorated war hero with ties to the Royal Family. A phenomenal writer, a twisting puzzle, a character-rich re-creation of an extraordinary time and place…it all adds up to one exceptional read that will delight fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Jacqueline Winspear, Ruth Rendell, and other masters of the British procedural.

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“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation….A meticulously wrought puzzle.”—New York Times Book Review“An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.”—Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle“You’re going...

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Don’t miss the first book in the critically acclaimed Inspector Ian Rutledge seriesIt’s 1919, and the “War to End All Wars” has been won. But there is no peace for Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, recently returned from the battlefields of France shell-shocked and tormented by the ever-present voice of the young Scot he had execut...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062091611

ISBN - 13:9780062091611

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great introduction to an interesting character The Todd writing team has re-created the post-war atmosphere of England as well as the post-war feelings of a people trying to readjust to life in a world trying to find its way in peace time. The roaring twenties generation determined to find its way through the minefield of an adapting society and those who came back from the front trying to find themselves in the minefield of memory are stunningly portrayed as mystery and suspense unravel lives - the beginning of a great series
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BRAVO! The best murder mystery I've read in a long time. Intelligently well crafted who~done~it. Will keep you quessing until the end. BRAVO.
Date published: 2015-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A test of wills Thorough enjoyable. It would be a pleasure to read the rest of the author's work. If his work is in the same vein it would be best.
Date published: 2015-06-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rather confusing, not my cup of tea Found the book rather confusing with quite a few characters running in and out of the story stream. I found I had to go back to the start of each chapter to pick up the storyline if I didn't finish a chapter. This would be a good book for those readers who can devote a few uninterrupted hours to plough through the storyline. As I said, not my cup of tea.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read Unfolded like a period piece movie. The plot was clever, yet predictable at times. A nice nighttime read.
Date published: 2015-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Not my typical genre of book. I found this to be very well written, I reluctantly enjoed it! Stronglyy reccomend.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Falls apart at tbe end This book drags in the middle as the detective keeps turning over the possibilities in his mind ad nauseam without making any progress. The ending is completely a let down as it requires the detective not to have noticed that two people are actually the same person. Even with this revelation, the detective merely chances upon the murderer rather than solving the cime.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Loved, loved, loved this book......
Date published: 2014-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Great characters in this book, well-written, enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next book with this detective, he's got lots of depth, quirks and hurdles!
Date published: 2014-01-27

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