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Racing the Devil: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Book 19) Kindle Edition
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June, 1916. On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers have a last drink before returning to the Front. Strangers, they discover a shared enthusiasm for motorcars, and make a promise: If they survive, they’ll meet in Paris a year after the war ends and celebrate by racing to Nice.
As planned, the officers reunite in 1919 and set out. In the mountains just north of their destination, one vehicle is nearly run off the twisting road while another crashes, badly injuring the driver. No one knows—or will admit to recognizing—who was behind the wheel of the rogue motorcar.
One year later, a rector driving along the English coast in a gale loses control of his vehicle and is killed. Another set of tire tracks raises questions. Is the crash connected to the events the year before? Called in to investigate this puzzling case, Inspector Ian Rutledge—a man fighting his own past—begins a frustrating search for a merciless killer who hides in the shadows. And when the next target is a child, Rutledge will stop at nothing to find the victim in time.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile's Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.
--This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.
- ASIN : B01G1FJVBQ
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (February 14, 2017)
- Publication date : February 14, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 873 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,102 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A group of seven officers were gathered completely by happenstance in France on the evening before one of the largest offensives of World War I. Even though they hadn't known each other in civilian life their circumstances forged a sense of kinship on this night. Each knew their chances of surviving through the remainder of the war were slim and yet, as if to taunt the devil, they made plans for meeting in Paris one year after the war ended and racing each other in motorcars to Nice. Five survived the war and met in Paris. How many would survive the drive through the mists along the twisting, dangerous road leading to Nice?
For some inexplicable reason this book had the feeling of moving backward in the story arc and yet the year of this investigation doesn't show that. It must have been my imagination. It was absolutely captivating to see how two tiny villages being so close together could remain so separate from each other simply because of the difficulties of transportation in 1920. Two villages, two police constables, each extremely aware of his own territory and professional jurisdiction. When Inspector Rutledge was called in by one of the constables, as the representative of Scotland Yard, he had to practically insist on help from both villages - so isolated within themselves were they. It made for very entertaining reading watching Rutledge work his way around the complications something as simple as geography set up. The one thing both villages had in common was their disbelief and grief over the death of the Rector of East Dedham, Sussex, but what none could understand was why he was driving a car belonging to someone else.
There are, as usual, many characters in this novel, but I didn't have trouble keeping them clear in my mind. Rutledge uses his own experiences in the war to help him understand the undercurrents of what is happening in this mystery and series of deaths. Hamish MacLeod, that persistent voice in Rutledge's subconscious, is present again in this story and contributes his usual warnings when Rutledge is in danger. This book especially was written to make it easy for readers new to the series to feel they understand what is happening. Those of us who have followed the books as they have been published understand about Hamish, but sometimes the books can be a little sparse on explaining about him and in making him a sympathetic character. Rutledge calls on his many contacts to gather information in an unofficial capacity as well as using Sergeant Gibson at Scotland Yard in London. There are a lot of trips in Rutledge's motorcar, but they seemed completely necessary and didn't bother me quite as much as usual. At least he did stop for petrol one time in this story. The only slightly negative thing I found was the exceedingly abrupt ending. I turned the page only to find the book was finished. I think that might have been handled better, but I'm sure it will play a part in another novel down the road. I can't wait.
I think this is one of the stronger stories in this series, which has had its ups and downs. The authors' interest and inclusion in early 20th Century autos and driving is a plus (for me at least) and the storyline is strong and the confusion not clear until the last few pages. Regular readers will recognize character types--the rough-hewn and dependable local constables, the women in distress, the women of extraordinary resources and the walking war wounded. Quite a good read.
In this tale from the master mother and son writing team, Insp. Ian Rutledge is called out to investigate the death of a vicar who was either forced off the road or lost control of the borrowed motorcar he was driving. The injuries to the vicar can be explained away because of the accident but still, there is something that doesn't sit right with Rutledge and in his investigations, other suspicions arise. But it is hard going to put the suspicions and the stray possible clues together to make a whole.
The Scotland Yard investigator — and the past that haunts him daily — remain dogged in their search to find out the truth amidst the assumptions, the possibles and the unknowns.
This is great reading and a truly hard-to-put-down mystery to follow but well worth the reading.
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Todd continues to draw us into Rutledge's mind. I wish the reader was given vital information more early in the book, so we have a fair chance at guessing. However, I'm already looking forward to the next book.
The plots are easy to follow ,but I never guess who the murderer is.If you like a good mystery with no violence, or cruelty , it is great to curl up with Ian Rutledge. Long may they continue!
Lots of driving in his beloved car in the usual remote villages
Always a good read