After the Great War was over, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge returns to his old job with lots of "left over" problems from the war. Rutledge is tormented by what he has seen and done on the battlefields of France. Even though he has just returned, he is
thrown immediately into the case of the murder of a popular colonel by a decorated war hero. His Scotland Yard boss is hoping to ruin Rutledge's career by giving him a case that is a personal and political minefield. The horrors of WWI and its aftermath on survivors is very well described. Described as "shell shocked", Rutledge carries in his mind the voice Hamish MacLeod,a dead Scots soldier, who is all too real and cannot be forgotten.
This book and the entire series is well written, well crafted, and a true delight.
This is Charles Todd's first Ian Rutledge novel. I was especially looking forward to reading a novel placed in the time frame immediately following WWI. For the Anglophile this book does the trick. The characters are richly drawn and the story compelling. I am definitely planning on reading further Ian Rutledge mysteries after spending a dreary February day reading this good read.
Both unusual and remarkable. I'm not usually a detective/mystery fan but this one is so much more. Set in post World War I small-village England, the tale has both nothing and everything to do with that war. Remained a psychological and sophistocated puzzle until the end.
The FIRST in this award winning series. NYT Notable book - 100 best mysteries of the century. British location, intricate plotting and post WWI era make this a great read. I really liked it (Can you tell!)! and will be going on the read the rest of the series.
Wretched book with a badly handled plot device (Hamish) and a flimsy and unconvincing ending with at least one gigantic hole in it. I'm glad I read the library's copy and didn't waste money or a PBS credit on it. I am sorry I bothered to finish it, but friends had recommended it highly.
Terrific! Great detecting. The main character has returned from WWI with a few problems, and because of what he's gone thru, he manages to read the people he is involved with quite well. He has a tag-along Scot who is dead, but Ian has learned to deal with him too as part of his "shell shock." I'll read more.
This is the introduction to Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War who has just come home. His first case back takes him to a small village, where the guardian of a soon to be married young lady has been murdered. Rutledge must work thru his personal demons if he is going to stay on the job and show his bosses he hasn't lost his skills.