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A Fine Summer's Day (Inspector Ian Rutledge) Paperback – September 29, 2015
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“A very welcome addition to, and expansion of, a much-loved series.” -- Booklist
“The books are Charles Todd recounting the cases of Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge in the days following WWI are as quintessentially English as anything by Ruth Rendell, PD James or John Harvey....These are some of the finest historical mystery novels in print....Todd [is] in top form again.” -- BookPage on A FINE SUMMER'S DAY
“Readers familiar with the series can’t imagine a Rutledge who doesn’t hear the voice of MacLeod in his head, and this novel adds poignancy to the Rutledge we avidly follow. Grade: A” -- Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A tight plot keeps readers on the edge until the stunning final pages.” -- Library Journal
“A Fine Summer’s Day” is a high point in this evocative series that has never disappointed.” -- South Florida Sun Sentinel
“Pure fun for fans. ” -- Charlotte Observer
“A bittersweet gift to longtime readers of this wonderful series.” -- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
“A FINE SUMMER’S DAY is an absolute pleasure to read and a true treat for faithful readers of this series.” -- Bookreporter.com
From the Back Cover
On a fine summer's day in June 1914, Ian Rutledge is planning to propose to a woman he deeply loves, despite hints from his family and friends that she may not be the most suitable choice for a policeman's wife. To the north, another man in love—a Scottish Highlander named Hamish MacLeod—asks his own sweetheart to marry him.
Back in England, a son grieves for his mother, dredging up a dark injustice that will trigger a series of murders that Rutledge must solve. The victims are all upstanding and well-liked. The local police have their suspicions about the culprits and are less than cooperative with the London detective.
As clouds of war gather on the horizon, Rutledge digs deeper, finding similarities and patterns between the murders. With every moment at stake, he sets out to right a terrible wrong—an odyssey that will eventually force him to choose between the Yard and his country, between love and duty, and between honor and truth.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 29, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062237136
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062237132
- Item Weight : 10 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.86 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Without the foundation of the earlier books, the potency of this tale won't be there, and that's extremely powerful. The authors waited before writing this story but I suspect they had the outline sitting and maturing for quite a while.
In this story, we get the backstory about Scotland Yard Inspector Rutledge before he returns to London and Scotland Yard after the war. We see the love that he has for that silly, totally unsuitable love of his, Jean. And the foundation of his life, his convictions, his ethics. And like all the other books in this series, Rutledge is challenged by a murder; in this case a growing number of them.
It begins with an older man, a hop farmer, who is discovered hanging in his house. The man was healthy, well-liked and respected. No known enemies. Was it murder or suicide? There are little clues to the death.
Then there are others, not hangings, but men who had no cause to kill themselves and no known enemies. While there are similarities, nothing links these men together, there are no strings to follow, and nothing to suggest that there will be others.
But Ian Rutledge is nothing less that dogged on his cases. He has recently proposed to Jean, who is eager to celebrate the engagement. Rutledge wants to be there for the dinners, the closeness of this woman he loves, but duty calls and he feels, knows, that there is more to the murders than everyone thinks. Especially as in one town, the local police accuse the estranged son of the latest victim.
It's a tightrope that Rutledge walks between the expectations of his fiancé, his commanding officer and his own gut feeling about the cases. And it makes for exciting, edge of the seat reading. This is a true five-star read, and a winning, satisfying tale.
With multiple murders in the book, the characters are many, numbering over twenty primary with additional secondary characters. Their stories are varied but similar with the pace leaning to the slow side. But one of the reasons I like this series is that the police procedurals are fundamental, based on intellect, personal involvement and legwork without the benefit of modern day technology.
The emotion of the onset of war was very real to me. The spirit and excitement of the beginning of the war is slowly replaced by the realities of what is to come with the final scene of the book.
This is a good place to start reading the series, knowing that even stronger, more interesting stories are waiting in the next sixteen volumes.
Ian Rutledge is an inspector at Scotland Yard in his 30s and in love. He is assigned two puzzling murder cases, in different parts of England that just don't make sense. There are other troubling incidents, too, and soon Rutledge begins to have an idea how all these incidents MAY be connected. But getting to the bottom of it involves a LOT of travel, which neither his fiancee nor his sister is happy with. To make matters even more complicated, the world is about to erupt into what will be called "the war to end all wars", but, as we know, it didn't.
The insight into British society and their attitudes just before and at the beginning of WWI are very interesting.
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The surprise ending is the icing on this delicious cake.