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A Cold Treachery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #7)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful historical police procedural

    In December 1919 in wintry Urksdale, England someone murders five members of the Elcott family, three of them children, in their home. Paul Elcott discovers the grisly remains of his kin, but in his horror he fails to realize that ten year old Josh escaped the brutality. Inspector Greeley assumes the lad is dead as Dr. Jarvis stated that the killings occurred two days ago. Unable to overcome his bias that no local committed the mass murders, Greeley requests help from Scotland Yard¿s Chief Constable.--- While a blizzard hampers travel, the Chief Constable sends Word War I veteran Inspector Ian Rutledge to investigate the vicious killings. Ian keeps his thin grip on sanity through his police work as he feels remorse about Corporal Hamish who he ordered executed for insubordination. As the locals including Greeley and Jarvis insist it is a lunatic outsider, Rutledge looks for clues to find the whereabouts of Josh, not just for altruistic reasons. The murder scene implies deadly passion from someone the family members knew intimately; hence the ten year old is Ian¿s prime suspect; others from the village with fervent motives surface.--- In his seventh appearance, battle fatigue syndrome victim Rutledge seems as if he is getting mentally even more unstable than in his previous tales. Still as his grasp on reality lessens, his inspection skills remain strong. The who-done-it is solid, but it is the powerful historical look at the austere lifestyle of a northern England farm family just after the war that keeps the series fresh and at the top rung of the sub-genre.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Chilling

    A murder story in the best traditions of Christie. Well done, Charles Todd.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

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    Series winner

    Am in the process of reading all of Charles Todd Ian Rutledge series. Have completed the Bess Crawford series which was superb. This series is a mixed bag. It teaches us about the horrors of WWI, as well as the experience of so many who were engaged in that battle.

    Ian Rutledge is an enigma - fascinating, thoughtful, extremely competent yet disturbed by his war ordeal. His sub-conscience produces Hamish, Ian's nemisis, guide, provoker, and supporter. Once the reader can accept Hamish, you can get past the interruptions.

    The only negative in this writing, is the length. At least 50 pages, probably more, could be cut, but the writing is repetitive in details, written with scenes that are totally indirect and irrelevant, in what seems as an attempt to produce X number of words, rather than just complete the story.

    But, I have enjoyed this entire read - working on his 12th book in this series and would not change direction, but instead read every book because the series is fascinating, educational and entertaining.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    I really enjoy the books in this series. The writing is good (no

    I really enjoy the books in this series. The writing is good (not exceptional) and the stories are compelling. The historical accuracy is compelling. Recommended.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Great book

    This is a great read. Wonderful writting.

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