Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery,
by Charles Todd
Inspector Ian Rutledge
is recovering from the terrors of trench warfare in France in World
War I. He is haunted by the ghost of Hamish, one of his soldiers
he was forced to execute for refusing to fight. Hamish's ghost is
Rutledge’s constant companion.
Rutledge travels to the remote village of Dudlington when the town constable, Hensley, has been shot in the
back with a bow and arrow. The constable has been shot in the local forest, which is shunned by the local
populace. The forest is believed to be haunted. Hensley had been frequenting the forest, where he believed he
would find traces of the young girl who had been missing for three years.
Rutledge is being stalked by an unknown who leaves an engraved cartridge to torment him. Rutledge must fight
the villagers' superstitions while trying to find the constable's attacker and must discover if there is a
connection between the attack and his unknown stalker.
This is an absorbing plot with many twists and turns. The author gives
an excellent representation of the post World War I era in England.
The characters are well drawn with depth especially in Rutledge’s
struggle to come to terms with his war experience and adapting to
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