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In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, Inspector Ian Rutledge is summoned to the quiet, isolated Fen country to solve a series of seemingly unconnected murders before the killer strikes again

August 1920. A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a guest is shot just as the bride arrives. Two weeks later, after a fruitless search for clues, the local police are forced to call in Scotland Yard. But not ...

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Overview

In the latest mystery from New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, Inspector Ian Rutledge is summoned to the quiet, isolated Fen country to solve a series of seemingly unconnected murders before the killer strikes again

August 1920. A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a guest is shot just as the bride arrives. Two weeks later, after a fruitless search for clues, the local police are forced to call in Scotland Yard. But not before there is another shooting in a village close by. This second murder has a witness; the only problem is that her description of the killer is so horrific it's unbelievable. Badgered by the police, she quickly recants her story.

Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge can find no connection between the two deaths. One victim was an Army officer, the other a solicitor standing for Parliament; their paths have never crossed. What links these two murders? Is it something from the past? Or is it only in the mind of a clever killer?

Then the case reminds Rutledge of a legendary assassin whispered about during the war. His own dark memories come back to haunt him as he hunts for the missing connection—and yet, when he finds it, it isn't as simple as he'd expected. He must put his trust in the devil in order to find the elusive and shocking answer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/02/2013
Tricky plotting and rich atmospherics (“the Fen country, where water had separated everyone and made foreigners of people ten miles distant”) distinguish bestseller Todd’s 16th novel featuring Scotland Yard’s Insp. Ian Rutledge (after 2013’s Proof of Guilt). In September 1920, Rutledge has a real baffler on his hands: a sniper has just killed two seemingly unrelated men in the Fen country of East Anglia. Captain Hutchinson was gunned down as he was about to enter a church for a wedding, and Tory candidate for Parliament Herbert Swift’s head was blown off as he began a stump speech. The initial inquiries yielded little and resulted in the locals calling in the Yard, but apart from a woman who claims she saw a monster just as Swift was shot, there isn’t much for Rutledge to go on. Todd (the pen name of a mother-son writing team) has rarely been better. Agent: Jane Chelius, Jane Chelius Literary Agency. (Feb.)
Booklist on HUNTING SHADOWS
“Another well-written, well-plotted entry in this always engaging mystery series.
Romantic Times 4 1/2 stars on HUNTING SHADOWS
“Another winner…Strong atmosphere and a complicated mystery make this book one that readers won’t be able to put down.”
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-19
Inspector Rutledge returns for another painstaking investigation of murders in the aftermath of World War I. When a sharpshooter kills Capt. Gordon Hutchinson at a wedding in Ely, Cambridgeshire, no one in the panicked crowd can tell precisely where the bullet came from. A similar shooting in the neighboring town of Wriston that kills the popular Tory candidate Herbert Swift draws Inspector Ian Rutledge from Scotland Yard. When he first arrives, Rutledge is nearly lost in the marshy Fens until a mysterious man emerges from the mist to steer him toward the hearth of Marcella Trowbridge. Even after Rutledge is able to find his way around by daylight, he's still enshrouded in fog in his attempts to discover if the two murders are related. Reports of a monster behind the rifle that killed the two men, a haunted mill and the mythical Green Man painted on the ceiling of Ely Cathedral lead Rutledge, in a blend of dogged research and intuitive leaps, to a case of two wronged women. But is more than one man exacting revenge? The mother-and-son team Todd (Proof of Guilt, 2013, etc.) may be letting up on their tortured hero: The ghostly voice of Hamish MacLeod, the soldier whom Rutledge had to shoot in the Great War, is a bit less prominent than in earlier installments. Less from ghost Hamish? That change may be as welcome to some fans as to the inspector himself, though others may miss the inspector's invisible partner and conscience.
Booklist on HUNTING SHADOWS
“Another well-written, well-plotted entry in this always engaging mystery series.
Raleigh News & Observer
“As always, the North Carolina-based mother and son who write under the pseudonym Charles Todd do a beautiful job with the period detail, making these books a nostalgic outing to England between the world wars.”
Wilmington News Journal
“Readers who stick with the chase, though, should be enthralled, as Rutledge sorts through a fascinating portrait gallery of witnesses and suspects, most of whom aren’t telling him the whole truth.”
New York Times Book Review on HUNTING SHADOWS
“Of all the places where Inspector Ian Rutledge’s Scotland Yard assignments have taken him, the desolate Fen country must surely be the eeriest. [This is an] excellent historical series.”
Oklahoma City Oklahoman on HUNTING SHADOWS
“Elusive clues, suspense and excellent writing make for reading pleasure.”
Romantic Times 4 1/2 stars on HUNTING SHADOWS
“Another winner…Strong atmosphere and a complicated mystery make this book one that readers won’t be able to put down.”
Library Journal
01/01/2014
War memories always filter through Inspector Rutledge's consciousness, but World War I rears up again when a sniper ruins a wedding in Ely Cathedral—and the killer doesn't stop at one. This is number 16 for the popular 1920s set series (after Proof of Guilt). [See Prepub Alert, 7/15/13.]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062237187
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Series , #16
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 122,166
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Todd

Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Love series

    Started slow, got better towards middle of book,then couldnt put it down.
    Cb

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

    I enjoy the method of writing for the mother/son team called Cha

    I enjoy the method of writing for the mother/son team called Charles Todd. The characters are well developed and the setting becomes visible with their description. My only problem with this team is the extensive cast of characters. The ending exposes the killer and the need for vengeance for wrongs of the past. I like Ian Rutledge and his battle with the demons of the war, but at times, he seems so lonely. The story gives a realistic rendering of village life in England after WWI.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Inspector Rutledge is Still Coming Out On Top Often mystery boo

    Inspector Rutledge is Still Coming Out On Top

    Often mystery book series it can get to a point where the books develop an assembly line feel. That is definitely not the case in this mother/son writing duo's 16th Inspector Rutledge mystery. This standalone '20s period mystery follows Rutledge as he investigates into two seemingly unrelated murder victims, both killed by an expert sniper. The writing for this novel is so vivid that you can feel the foggy atmosphere and easily imagine the individual characters. The mystery stands up to scrutiny as the Inspector makes connections and digs into the past for clues. I would say this would be a great bedside read except once you start the book you'll be up all night to finish it! Read this book and go back and read the other Inspector Rutledge's mysteries!

    I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review Myrt.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    I really enjoyed this story.  Kind of miss having more of Hamish

    I really enjoyed this story.  Kind of miss having more of Hamish in his head but know that he is getting better.  This had a great story and a few twists and turns.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    I love this series. Ian Rutledge is so sexy and somewhat a myst

    I love this series. Ian Rutledge is so sexy and somewhat a mystery too. Could see this series on PBS. The detective is off again to investigate a murder or two that happened in a quaint English village. Of course there are a lots of twists and turns as to who did it. I thought the ending was a surprise and made you think. Went back to read the beginning again and wonder if Mr. Rutledge actually solved this case. Would love to hear what others think about the ending. Can't wait for the next in the series. Also love the Betsy Crawford series. Waiting for the next one about the adventures of Betsy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2014

    Dawnfloweer

    She caught three mice and headed home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2014

    Can i join?

    (Can i join)
    Blackheart was lost and he knew it. Je was just following a vaguely familiar sent. He now lost the sent thanks to th raon that poured. He really hated to rain.>>>>>
    Whiteheart stumbled into the clans territory. She was badly injured and bleeding badly. She was attacked by a wolf but mannaged to claw it in the eye. She felt dizzy and weak. Whiteheart feel over and began to lose conciousness.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 14, 2014



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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Fiercefire

    She layed in the middle of the camp and sighed

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Angeldeath

    "May i join this clan" a she cat asks while looking at the ground

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Silverstream

    ( pads in all beat up from a fox ) may i join?

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2014

    Ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    SandStorm

    She pads in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Redstar

    Hello my clan is going to destroy bloodclan once and for all we are a very small clan and we ask you all for help.you will find us at green jasper res 1. Thank you

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Wil this clan

    Come to the gathering today? 'Wings of fire brightest night', ask questions there. Or search 'wings of fire' and pick the brightest night.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2014

    Read one Inspector Ian Rutledge book and you'll be hooked!

    Great book as always. Charles Todd does not disappoint with this book of hunting a suspect who is adept at keeping himself hid. I've yet to read one of these books without wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Flamingice

    May I join?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Hawktalon & ?

    Maybe he was wrong... Nodding lightly he finished the conversation before it became indepth, she was motivated that was for sure. <p> A pair of still crystal blue eyes watched Nightfall from the trees.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Blizzard and co

    blizzard: "thank you" she purred and laid in a sunny spot
    Viper: he looked around yawning and stretched
    fern : the elder laid in the shady corner taking a nap
    flarekit: she slept next to fern peacefully

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Amelia

    My neighbor just left with their dad...their parents are divorced...lucky...))

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