Watchers of Time: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Novel

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

byCharles Todd

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In his latest novel, bestselling author Charles Todd brings his classic mystery series to a new level of intensity and intrigue. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for his place in a postwar world. Now a Scotland Yard investigator, Rutledge is called upon to probe a small-town murder — and discovers that it may be connected to one of the greatest disasters of all time....

Watchers of Time

In Osterley, a marshy Norfolk backwater, a man lies dying on a rainy autumn night. While natural causes will surely claim Herbert Baker’s life in a matter of hours, his last request baffles his family and friends.

Baker, a devout Anglican, inexplicably demands to see the town’s Catholic priest for a last confession. The old man dies without knowing that the very priest who gave him comfort will follow him to the grave just a few weeks later — the victim of an appalling murder.

The local police are convinced the evidence points to an interrupted robbery, and have named a suspect, Matthew Walsh. But the dead priest’s bishop insists that Scotland Yard oversee the investigation. A simple task for Rutledge, a man not yet well enough to return to full duty.

The Inspector draws on years of experience and a war-honed intuition as he finds himself uncovering secrets that the local authorities would prefer not to see explored. Surely, they reason, it is better to charge an outsider — Matthew Walsh — with murder than to learn that someone in this tightly knit community would commit such a horrendous crime. And yet there are those, Rutledge soon discovers, who held grudges against the priest that had little to do with God or the Church.

No one in Osterley is aware that Rutledge hears voices — or, rather, one haunting voice: that of a soldier he was forced to execute during the War. It is with the voice of Hamish MacLeod, by turns second-guessing and taunting him, that Rutledge begins a journey toward the devastating truth that will unlock the secrets of Osterley and pare away its layers of deception.

And in piecing together a different story, Rutledge encounters a chain of events that stretches from these brooding marshes to one of the greatest sea disasters in history — the sinking of the Titanic. Who is the mysterious woman who may have boarded that ship ... and who is the secretive woman who survived it? Rutledge comes to believe that he alone can stop a killer from striking again.

Deftly capturing the anguish of a man haunted by his tragic past, Watchers of Time delves beneath a cast of unforgettable characters to examine a mystery even greater than murder: the mystery of what is right and what is wrong after the world has committed the sin of war.


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In his latest novel, bestselling author Charles Todd brings his classic mystery series to a new level of intensity and intrigue. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for his place in a postwar world. Now a Scotland Yard investigator, Rutledge is called upon to probe a small-town murder...

Charles Todd is actually a pen name for Caroline and Charles Todd, a mother and son American writing team. Caroline lives in North Carolina and Charles lives in Delaware. They are best known for a series of novels set in post World War I England. A Test of Wills is a British mystery novel about a former soldier turned Scotland Yard det...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307418715

ISBN - 13:9780307418715

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally found this one I have read many of the books by Charles Todd as I waited to find this one - while I prefer to read books in order, it was worth the wait. Again we are given a look at a person and a people as well as a country trying to recover from a devastating war as Ian Rutledge tries to solve a murder that everyone thinks was a simple robbery gone wrong, but as it turns out the victim was not the well-loved person everyone thought. As the investigation continues, it takes one of those Todd twists until it involves a disaster of Titanic proportions -- well worth the read as are all of the Todd books
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Really Great Whodunit! Another ....."I wonder who did it" that will keep you guessing until the very end. A great read but unfortunately another ending that leaves you wanting the loose ends tied up.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Really Great Whodunit! This is a very well-written tale with good characterization. The main character in the story, Inspector Ian Rutledge, is intelligent, resourceful and patient. He has a vulnerable area from his experience as a WWI survivor which is woven throughout the story. The reader becomes involved in both the story and the life of Inspector Ian. Charles Todd is expert in keeping the ending unpredictable. This is a hard book to put down.
Date published: 2013-10-04