Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #4)

Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #4)

by Charles Todd
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Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
senior-lady More than 1 year ago
I love this series but just a little warning about this book. Cliff hanger!!!!! Since this author does not normally do this I thought I was missing pages. Not to worry, answers in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an historical mystery junkie and these by Charles Todd are amongst my favorites. They are literate and historically accurate, and have real insight into the human condition. There is so much more to them than just "a who-dunnit." That being said, they may be an acquired taste. The murderer is often an obscure character whose motives are murky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there were six stars to give, this would deserve it! The protagonist, Ian Rutledge, is a fully developed character--a WWI veteran with severe shell-shock and guilt. I have not empathized with a character so much in years. The structure of the story is excellent and the denouement is better done than it was in 'Test of Wills'. Not to mix my genre, but this story is as touching-in some ways-as the poetry of WWI is. This truly is one that I couldn't put down.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1919 Scotland, World War I veteran, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge investigates the death of Eleanor Gray, last seen three years ago. Apparently, the remains of a person, probably Eleanor, have been found on a mountainside near Duncarrick. The local police arrest Fiona MacDonald for murdering Eleanor.

Ian knows he must carefully conduct his investigation so as not to affront the victim¿s mother Lady Maude Gray. At the same time, Ian feels stifled because the accused declines any defense even if it means her execution. With the ghost of Hamish MacLeod haunting his every step, Ian asks questions of anyone associated with the two women especially during the year of Eleanor¿s disappearance. Each step forward seems to lead to detours from the truth as an unknown puppet master manipulates behind the scenes.

In his fourth appearance, Rutledge has become a complete character so that readers can fully understand him and through his mind MacLeod. In turn, the audience also obtains a feel for the impact of World War I especially on the immediate decade that followed. LEGACY OF DEAD is a powerful entry in a strong series as Charles Todd continues his intelligent writing that assumes his followers are shrewd and perceptive individuals. This novel is a dazzling historical police procedural that will send new fans searching for the three antecedent books.

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Anonymous 11 months ago
Suspenseful kept you in the dark til the end
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Excellent!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charles Todd is in rare form. The twists are unexpected and the characters are well though out and sharp. Inspector Ian Rutledge has a new challenge to work through. Superb!