Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, No 14
January 3, 2012 / ISBN: 9780062015662
Historical Mystery /British Police Procedural
by Bob Walch
It was just one of those days, so when Wyatt Russell walked into
Inspector Ian Rutledge's office at Scotland Yard and confessed to
killing his cousin, Justin Fowler, over five years ago, the inspector
took the information with a grain of salt.
Since Russell is reluctant to provide any meaningful details and
can't even come up with a motive for the alleged crime, Rutledge
realizes there's something more going on here. With no corpse and
little to act upon, the confessed killer isn't locked up. Then,
two weeks later, he is found floating in the Thames with a bullet
in his head.
Now it is time to launch a homicide investigation. The first thing
Rutledge discovers is that the dead man gave him a false name. Using
a locket found around the dead man's neck, the inspector traces
the victim to a remote village in Essex.
The case load expands with additional deaths, and the inhabitants
of the village are less than forthcoming, which suggests perhaps
there are some interesting skeletons hidden away in this little
hamlet. Of course, Rutledge will keep digging until the truth is
revealed, even though it may shatter the tranquility of the area.
Set in the 1920s, this is the 14th installment of this long running
and popular series. As with its predecessors, the appeal of this
novel is not just the plot but also the central character. The terrors
of combat in World War I still haunt the inspector and he continues
to grapple with the demons it unleashed.
Reviews of other titles in this series
A Test of Wills, 1 [reviews]
A False Mirror, No 7 [review]
A Long Shadow, 8 [review]
A Pale Horse, 10 [review]
A Matter of Justice, 11 [review
The Confession, 14 [review
Hunting Shadows, 16 [review]