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"Why was it that the mind was so adept at finding its own punishment?”
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2016
The Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series has been available to the public for a few decades now and of course I am only getting around to stumbling across these sets of books. It only took a single copy but I am thankful I let my curiosity browse the back shelves one rainy day because I want to read all 19 of them now. Here is a distinct collaboration I’m happy to recommend that has: irresistible settings and descriptions, poignant quotes, clever shadings with easily recognized literary classics (usually titles written or set many years behind, ahead or around the same era) and one magnetic personality that treks across pastoral landscapes to solve multilayered mysteries that all require a special skill set and a determined mind with something to prove. Each new case the main entity that is Inspector Ian Rutledge becomes more authentic and his ghostly condemning thoughts only adds to his character and unique touch with these yarns. It’s difficult to fully explain what is so arresting and yet sensitively presented in these pages but it’s safe to say, these are staying on my shelf even if I happen across a disappointing “just okay” edition. Unfortunately, Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge #3) falls into that hopefully shallow mire.
Everyone is bound to have their favorite in a popular series and right now mine is Wings of Fire (Inspector Ian Rutledge #2). Search the Dark (Inspector Ian Rutledge #3) follows with many of the aforementioned encouraging points of interest for me along with the timeline right after Wings of Fire but the central mystery rambled a little too long into the pages and concluded with a frantic montage of half explained dramatics. Perhaps I was searching for more elements and secrets that held me in my favorite chair and demanded I not pull the lamp chain until I read one more chapter but I’m sorry to say; this third outing was easy to put down. I also had to stop at points when the less than authentic era dialogue pushed me out of the story and the very predictable answers had me saying: “that can’t be it, there must be more!” Maybe this venture of Inspector Rutledge was too simplistic or brilliant and I can’t see that right now but I won’t lie and say this was a quick read for me. Still like I said before Search the Dark will stay on my shelves as I collect more of this inviting series. It only took one book to get me racing in all directions to learn what was available to read involving Inspector Ian Rutledge and this might be the one for another inquisitive reader. Here’s to hoping for happy reading and holidays!