As usual the writing carries you along. But maybe Rutledge (and the Todds) should get more sleep, because after finishing the book there were some head-scratching moments for me. Again a whopping co-incidence makes it seem fairly implausible that the reason behind the killings should have happened. Still enjoyed reading, but was disappointed at the end.
I did not enjoy this as much as his other novels. Too many characters to keep track of and a confusing ending. I also did not like Hamish the dead soldier that keeps talking to him
I am partial to the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. This latest was of the usual high standard.The moral dilemmas were well rationalized and I never cease to be amazed at the descriptions of the weather in Britain from these american authors.The smell of wet wool is redolent of the time when synthetic fibres like polypropylene and thermal underwear had not been invented.I hope the next episode will not be too long in coming.
*** 1/2 stars. Ian Rutledge Mystery # 16. A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After a politician is shot as he begins a speech in a local square, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Both men have been killed at long range with a rifle. Though the second crime has a witness, her description of the killer is so strange its unbelievable. Then a local farmer is wounded by a rifle shot. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don?t add up, leaving him to question his own judgment. **** I really like this series. Mr. Todd has created a believable, complicated, admirable character in Rutledge. In addition he produces complicated mysteries that often leave the reader as perplexed as the protagonist until the final clue falls into place. I have read all the books in the series and, as always, I recommend that you start from the beginning with " A Test of Wills" so you can follow the development of the protagonist over time. Rutledge struggles continuously with "shell shock" and the brutality and horrible decisions of war. In this case it is World War I, but it could be any war, anywhere. Highly recommend the book and the series!!
Another enjoyable entry in this series. Multiple plot twists, believable red herrings, and a bittersweet ending. Excellent read.
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