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A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Kindle Edition
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In Warwickshire, a popular colonel has been murdered, and the main suspect is a decorated war hero and close friend of the Prince of Wales. The case is a political minefield, and no matter what the outcome, Rutledge may not escape with his career intact. But, win or lose, the cost could be even higher: the one witness who could break the case is himself a shell shock victim, teetering on the edge of reality. And in this war-ravaged man, Rutledge sees his own possible future, should he lose grip on his mind.... --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B000SEGJ94
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
- Publication date : October 13, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 2774 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 323 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062091611
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,199 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Rutledge is assigned to a murder case in Warwickshire by Chief Supervisor Bowles, a man who dislikes the damaged Rutledge and who expects the detective to fail in his investigation and thus be stripped of his Scotland Yard career. The case involves the shooting death of a well-liked retired army colonel. Six suspects are uncovered, three women and three men, including some in great favor of the Royal Family and others who have tenuous motives but strong alibis. Immense writing skills are needed to keep the story comprehensible because of its intricacy and Charles Todd succeeds nicely.
Strong characters and realistic dialogue combine to form an intriguing narrative and Hamish’s mocking and critical voice in Rutledge’s mind adds to the inspector’s confusion as he tries to untangle the complex relationship between all the protagonists. The only real witness to the crime seems to be a drunken war veteran with severe PTSD and the strongest suspect is a village troublemaker who doesn’t give a fig for much of anything, and who is well known for his threats of violence as he raves around the town in fits of anger.
The Todds are adept at twisting the tale into tangled sequences through probing interviews, chance encounters, and mind games that are intriguing. The location settings are magnificent and the reader is transported to a time in English history that evokes images of sadness and loss. I greatly enjoyed this puzzle of immense complexity written in imaginative prose.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
Ian Rutledge is back at work after five years at the front. But what not many know is that he is suffering from shell shock and he hears voices. Or rather he hears voices of one particular man that he knew from the war. A man that never got home alive and he feels guilty about it. But he still tries to do a good job, despite the fact that he suffering from shell shock.
In this, the first book is he sent to deal with the murder of well-liked Colonel Charles Harris who was shot while he was out riding in the morning. He was seen by the house staff arguing with Mark Wilton, the main suspect on the day before. Mark Wilton is also the Colonels wards fiance and Charles and Mark are good friends. There is no evidence that Mark is the killer and the only man that says that he saw the two men together arguing on the day the Colonel died is a man suffering from shell shock. That disturbs Ian Rutledge who starts to suspect that someone at Scotland Yard knows about is affliction and that he was given this case so that he would fail.
This is the kind of book that takes awhile to get into. You don't know that much about Ian Rutledge, but clues about him, about his time in the war and what happen to him, is revealed throughout the book. In the end, I came to like him very much, he is a man that been through hell, that is trying to get back to the life he had before the war, but it's hard. Jean, the woman he loves, broke up with him after he got home. He was not the man she had known before the war and neither was she the girl he knew before the war. And, it doesn't make it better that he is hearing the voice of Hamish in his head.
The case was interesting, albeit the start of the book was a bit slow as much of the time, in the beginning, is spent on getting to know all the involved characters, their relationship with the murdered man. It was in no way boring, but it felt like it took some time to get somewhere with the case. But it's well worth it since it made you really get to know the characters, they feel well developed. Rutledge had to during the days he was on the case painstakingly try to find out the answers from people that not always was that forthcoming with the truth. And, I really liked the last part of the book when it all started to make sense and the truth about the murder was revealed. I was surprised about how it all turned out and never suspected that kind of ending.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. I like Rutledge, and I hope he will get better and that he someday will find peace. Also, I really hope that he will meet Bess Crawford some day.
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Rutledge is an interesting character; a man who suffered claustophobia and shell shock and who is plagued by the voices of a dead comrade. Now he realises that he must unearth the murderer among the good folks of Upper Streetham, who have their fair share of secrets to hide. Everyone is determined to believe Wilton innocent and to hide the truth from the man from London, but Rutledge knows he must suceed, both to solve the crime and save himself. Good start to a long running series.