CHarles Todd is my favorite mystery writer. If you, too, enjoy atmospheric mysteries that tell you about the history of a place and a time with delicious detail (here, post-WWI England), then you cannot do better than Todd. This is my least favorite of Todd's novels, and I still give it 5 stars!
What a totally incredible read! From the first page on, I just couldn't put it down --- an exhausting, exhilarating master of a mystery read! The story of this family and all the murders, that the whole town ignored, was just astounding! The ending was absolutely terrific and no one in that town will ever be the same! This is the first Scotland Yard Mystery I thoroughly enjoyed!
Well written, and I enjoyed it; but I had some unanswered questions at the end. Went back and re-read a few passages but still not satisfied about some things. (I'm not all that fond of the use of Hamish as an alter-ego, either.)
This series just gets better and better. You must read all of the Todd books in this series.
What a brilliant mystery!! Murder, madness and mayhem set in the 1920's in Cornwall.
Fantastic book/series. Ian Rutledge is a Scotland Yard detective who had serious injuries (physical and mental) in WWI. He is put into cases where his superiors either want him out of the way or fear the case is so sensitive that political problems may occur. You really care about Ian Rutledge as well as the individuals in his cases . One of the best "serious" historical mysteries.
Another excellent read! I love this series!!
great setting (England just after WWI) great plot and characters) I really liked this and other Ian Rutledge novels.
In the doghouse with his supervisor, Inspector Rutledge is sent to Cornwall to investigate the death of three people from the same family. What makes this situation more important is one of the dead people is a rather famous poet who even Rutledge admired for her war verse.
Recovering from the backlash of his war experiences, his flashbacks and internal conversations with Hamish, a soldier that he reluctantly executed, enrich the tale and help us understand his anguish and postwar suffering. Nevertheless, he does a remarkable job of investigating the murdered family members and uncovers the culprit. The author leads the reader on several routes before the climax. Well done!