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Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Interesting for history buffs as well as detective story fans.

Todd has insight into the effects of injury and combat fatigue on soldiers of WWI and their reentry into society in the early part of the 20th century. The story is good and Rutledge's involvement in it is believable without being heavy handed. I'm looking forward to ...
Todd has insight into the effects of injury and combat fatigue on soldiers of WWI and their reentry into society in the early part of the 20th century. The story is good and Rutledge's involvement in it is believable without being heavy handed. I'm looking forward to No. 3.

posted by 10701006 on May 9, 2012

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Much better than the first volume

A little predictable. Still long winded in conversation. Volume 3 is even better though.

posted by Onthefly on July 18, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Interesting for history buffs as well as detective story fans.

    Todd has insight into the effects of injury and combat fatigue on soldiers of WWI and their reentry into society in the early part of the 20th century. The story is good and Rutledge's involvement in it is believable without being heavy handed. I'm looking forward to No. 3.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2011

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    Superior mystery - and I do mean MYSTERY

    I was less than impressed with Todd's first Ian Rutledge mystery, primarily because his resolution (and the identity of the killer) came quite literally from nowhere. But Todd seems to have hit his stride with his sophomore entry. Rutledge is still on the outs - to put it mildly - with his superior in Scotland Yard, and is sent by him to fulfill a request made by an influential family in Cornwall. Were a series of recent deaths accidental or suicide? Everyone seems to think that they were one or the other, but the more Rutledge finds out the more he becomes convinced that the truth is quite different - and far more sinister - than what the Yard and the locals believe. Unlike the previous novel, the solution to this mystery is completely logical - but there are a lot of false leads and convolutions that didn't let me guess the truth until very close to the end. Rutledge's "alter ego" - Hamish, the Scotsman he had to have shot for cowardice during World War I, and who now "lives" inside Rutledge's head - is somewhat less annoying than in the first entry in this series, but in his way he assists Rutledge in arriving at the truth. I am definitely looking forward to reading more novels in this series, but I wish that Todd would get rid of Bowles, Rutledge's idiot of a superior officer. The man seems to serve no purpose other than to set up the conditions for Rutledge to travel to the scene of the crime, and his personality is nothing short of a pompous ass.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Excellent characterization, very obvious murderer

    The writing and characterization merit 5 stars, but the murderer is glaringly obvious very early in the book. So much so that it strains the reader's credulity to believe Rutledge could go so far wrong for such a long time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 6, 2013

    Warriors den

    More then 8 moons or older

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