Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, No 14
William Morrow / HarperCollins
2012 / ISBN-10: 0062015664
Historical Mystery / British Police Procedural / England-1920
by LJ Roberts
the body rolled in the current gently, as if still alive.
It is not
ever day Inspector Ian Rutledge has a man walk into his office at
Scotland Yard and confess to a murder five years previous. The man
is reluctant to provide details but Ian does learn he's from a village
east of London. Still a murder confession is still a murder and
Ian begins unofficially looking into the matter. Things take a turn
when the confessor turn up murdered two weeks later. A gold locket
leads Rutledge to a village in Essex where it is clear strangers
are unwelcome. Far from a straight-forward murder, Ian must go into
the past to solve crimes of the present.
I find a book whose beginning contains a completely unnecessary
and annoying portent. Even so, I found I was quickly drawn into
the puzzle of both a man and a place. Something Todd does very well
is provide background on Rutledge for new readers, but in a concise
way so as not to bog down those who have been following the series.
I take exception
to those who are tired of the Hamish-aspect of Rutledge. On the
contrary, I believe it gives verisimilitude to the series and the
period in which they are set. Post-traumatic stress was not yet
known, yet shell-shock was, and usually treated as something one
simply had to "get over." Seeing Rutledge struggle with
it while do his job and try to appear "normal," is a fascinating
element of Rutledge's character.
author educate me, as well as entertain me, is something I admire.
Todd informed me of a period and even the time and events which
lead to it. The plot twists are very well executed and keep you
off balance. The story within the story is fascinating. The one
very slight negative I had was Rutledge's ability to keep going
without food, sleep or petrol for his car seemed a bit excessive,
but it does speak for his dogged character and determination to
find the truth.
is a very good read and keeps me a fan of this series for, I
suspect, a long time to come.
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
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