Hunting Shadows (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #16)

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

A society wedding 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 ...

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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 Fen country to solve a series of seemingly unconnected murders before the killer strikes again.

A society wedding 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 whose description of the killer is so horrific it's unbelievable, and she quickly recants her story.

Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge can find no connection between the two deaths. What links these two murders? Is it something in the past? Or is it only in the mind of a clever killer?

Then the case reminds Rutledge of a legendary assassin 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. . .

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Editorial Reviews

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.”
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.”
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.]
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062298546
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Series , #16
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 331,469
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (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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  • Posted June 16, 2014

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    Two murders in nearby towns in the English Fen area stump the lo

    Two murders in nearby towns in the English Fen area stump the local police, and the call to Scotland Yard is made, bringing Ian Rutledge into the investigation. The first victim is an Army Captain visiting the region to attend a wedding; the second, a local solicitor standing election for a seat in a by-election. Both are shot with a rifle and there appear to be no witnesses or any relationship between the two men.

    Not an easy task for Rutledge, in this the 16th novel in the series, who in 1920 still suffers from the aftermath of his experiences in France during the Great War. The potential culprits are numerous, with lots of men in the area with wartime experience who possibly brought home souvenir rifles. Rutledge begins weeding them out, and it’s a tedious effort, with pressures from all sides. He draws on his own wartime experience and begins looking for someone who had sniper duties.

    The mother/son duo who writes the Rutledge mysteries (as well as the Bess Crawford series with which we’re about to be graced with a new addition) construct a simple step-by-step plot, as Rutledge painstakingly looks at all possibilities. As usual, the novel’s language and tenor is consistent with the period in which it takes place and the reader is brought along slowly and carefully to an intriguing conclusion. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    I love Charles Todd's series!

    I have read every book from both series and enjoyed them all very much. I eagerly await the next one(s).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Lun&alpha

    M&alpha&gamma l jo&iota&#110 sh&epsilon &alpha&#115&kappa&#115

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Morphine

    A black she pads in and looks around with calculating green eyed, her tail flicking anxiously behind her. "Hello. My name is Morphine. My old evil clan died, therefore I need a new one. I was one part of Frost's evio clan. May I join?"

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    The eyes

    Disappeer.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Green eyes

    Watch curiously.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Bloodflower to white

    Sey didnt rplh earlier was doin sometjin well ur not either but i think all can join the leaders not even active

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    White

    I dunno. We could take it over ourselves. But you're Bloodfang as a wolf, and I'm sorry, but NO

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    The Pact of Hidden Shadows - main camp

    They live in a city, to get to the forest you cross a thunderpath to get to the forest. The leader is ForeverFall or FF for short..

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    A great read!

    Ian Rutledge once again takes us again on a great unsolved murders. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Excellent addition to the series. I just wished they could write

    Excellent addition to the series. I just wished they could write them faster. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

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    Posted January 30, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

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