Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Paperback | January 21, 2014

byCharles Todd

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In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, Inspector Ian Rutledge is summoned to the quiet Fen country to solve a series of seemingly unconnected murders before the killer strikes again.

A society wedding in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a guest is shot just as the bride arrives. Two weeks later, after a fruitless search for clues, the local police are forced to call in Scotland Yard. But not before there is another shooting in a village close by. This second murder has a witness whose description of the killer is so horrific it's unbelievable, and she quickly recants her story.

Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge can find no connection between the two deaths. What links these two murders? Is it something in the past? Or is it only in the mind of a clever killer?

Then the case reminds Rutledge of a legendary assassin during the war. His own dark memories come back to haunt him as he hunts for the missing connection—and yet, when he finds it, it isn't as simple as he'd expected. . .

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In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, Inspector Ian Rutledge is summoned to the quiet Fen country to solve a series of seemingly unconnected murders before the killer strikes again.A society wedding in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a guest is shot just as the bride arrives. Two weeks lat...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006232294X

ISBN - 13:9780062322944

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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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