Hunting Shadows

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Hunting Shadows

Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries, #16

The 16th novel in this long running series features one of the more puzzling mysteries that Scotland Yard Detective Ian Rutledge has been asked to solve. Two murders just weeks apart have the authorities in Cambridgeshire seeing assistance from Scotland Yard.

A posh wedding ceremony ends in tragedy when a man his shot at Ely Cathedral. Then, in a nearby village, a gentleman standing for Parliament is gunned downed. There is no connection between the two victims except for the fact that both were shot by a military issue Enfield rifle which was in use during the recently ended hostilities of World war I.

As Rutledge, a shell-shocked former war vet, tries to determine who killed these two men and why, an unsettling memory intrudes on the investigation. The story of a mysterious war time assassin surfaces and forces the inspector to revisit some of his darkest military experiences. Is there a connection with this case? What do you think?

The mother and son writing duo who have created this popular, historical series of mysteries have awed their fans with some stellar novels over the years but this is one of the better ones. They engage you immediately in the first couple of chapters and build the suspense in such a manner that it becomes all but impossible to set this book aside until you are finished.

For those who have never read an Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery, this is as good a one to begin with as any!


Book Blurb for Hunting Shadows

A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge in Hunting Shadows, a gripping and atmospheric historical mystery set in 1920s England, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.

A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange its unbelievable.

Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. 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.

In going over the details of the case, Rutledge is reminded of a dark episode he witnessed in the war. While the memory could lead him to the truth, it also raises a prickly dilemma. To stop a murderer, will the ethical detective choose to follow the letter—or the spirit—of the law?


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2014 4.00