A Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #6)

A Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #6)

by Charles Todd
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A Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #6) by Charles Todd

Bestselling author Charles Todd has earned a special place among mystery’s elite writers with his acclaimed series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a former soldier seeking to lay to rest the demons of his past in the aftermath of World War I. But that past bleeds into the present in a complex murder case that calls into question his own honor...and the crimes committed in the name of God, country, and righteous vengeance.

A Fearsome Doubt

In 1912 Ian Rutledge watched as a man was condemned to hang for the murders of elderly women. Rutledge helped gather the evidence that sent Ben Shaw to the gallows. And when justice was done, Rutledge closed the door on the case. But Shaw was not easily forgotten.

Now, seven years later, that grim trial returns in the form of Ben Shaw’s widow Nell, bringing Rutledge evidence she is convinced will prove her husband’s innocence. It’s a belief fraught with peril, threatening both Rutledge’s professional stature and his faith in his judgment. But there is a darker reason for Rutledge’s reluctance. Murder brings him back to Kent where, days earlier, he’d glimpsed an all-too-familiar face beyond the leaping flames of a bonfire. Soon an unexpected encounter revives the end of his own war, as the country prepares for a somber commemoration on the anniversary of the Armistice. To battle the unsettled past and the haunted present at the same time is an appalling mandate.

And the people around him? among them the attractive widow of a friend, a remarkable woman who survived the Great Indian Mutiny; a bitter, dying barrister; and a man whose name he never knew—unwittingly compete with the grieving Nell Shaw. They’ll demand more than Rutledge can give, unaware that he is already carrying the burden of shell shock? and the voice of Hamish MacLeod, the soldier he was forced to execute in the war. The killer in Marling is surprisingly adept at escaping detection. And Ben Shaw’s past is a tangle of unsettling secrets that may or may not be true. Rutledge must walk a tortuous line between two murderers...one reaching out to ruin him, the other driven to destroy him.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553897098
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Series , #6
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 21,773
File size: 559 KB

About the Author

Charles Todd is the author of Watchers of Time, Legacy of the Dead, A Test of Wills, Wings of Fire, and Search the Dark. He lives on the East Coast, where he is at work on the next novel in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series, A Cold Treachery.


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Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #6) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
scoutPM More than 1 year ago
I started this series with the most recent novel, "A Matter of Justice" and was on the fence about it. For some reason, I decided to learn more about Ian and Hamish. Next I read "A False Mirror" (earlier book) and enjoyed that one much more. Having finished "A Fearsome Doubt" I think I am now probably "hooked" on Ian and Hamish. I enjoyed this book the most. Perhaps it was familiarity, or just getting used to the writing style of the Todds. For whatever reason, for those of you who enjoy getting immersed in characters that run a series (I am now involved in 8 mystery serial novels) I think you would enjoy adding the Ian Rutledge series to your reading list. I just wonder why the Todds don't share the authorship with novels by CC Todd rather than Charles Todd????
harstan More than 1 year ago
Seven years ago, Ian Rutledge was the policeman responsible for sending Ben Shaw to the hangman for killing three elderly, bedridden women. Ian left police work to fight in France during World War I, but what he saw in the trenches almost destroyed him. He came back shell-shocked, guilt ridden and broken with his only grip on sanity being his work at Scotland Yard.

His belief in himself as a good police officer is shattered when Ben Shaw¿s widow comes into his office with evidence that she claims will exonerate her husband. She wants Rutledge to reopen the case but before he can come to any decisions he is sent to Marling in Kent. Three veterans of the war, all with one leg amputated have been murdered and the local police don¿t have a clue about who is responsible. During his investigation, Mrs. Shaw hounds Rutledge yet he is able to carry on with both cases.

The protagonist of this novel acts normal but he carries on in his head a dialogue with a soldier he ordered killed before a firing squad in France for failing to obey a direct order. At times the reader isn¿t sure if Rutledge actually believes Hamish is dead but there is ample evidence he is able to conduct an inquiry and make brilliant investigations from evidence he gathers. A FEARSOME DOUBT is a great mystery as well as a haunting human drama.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good,but some parts unclear. Who stabbed the German? The conclusion was rushed. How did he surmise the Shaw man was guilty? Not the best Todd mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best mystries Ive ever read very god suspensful ending. All without profanity and sex! Imagine that!
AnonMI More than 1 year ago
I like the mystery part of the books by Todd.   However, I have read, over time, about 5 or 6 of his stories, and this is the latest one I have read. I liked the device of Hamesh at first, but have grown extremely tired of both his voice and the long referrals to WWI that, although they pertain to the story, are beginning to become more annoying than helpful for background.   The mysteries are very well done, and rarely do I even come close to picking out the final answer.  Well written, but am tired of the guilt, the seemingly never ending self-blaming of Inspector Rutledge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but it was not great. There were some surprises, but nothing compelling. We learned some new things about the main character, Inspector Ian Rutledge. But his crime solving abilites while still sharp and accurate are beginning to be rote. As always, this novel was well written with wonderful details. The characters are interesting and have a lot of depth. It was enjoyable, but did not push me out of my seat. Good English mystery!
Anonymous 12 days ago
You never know til the end who did it
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