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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,372 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rutledge Mysteries Release Date:
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Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It’s a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard’s presence doesn’t deter this vicious and clever killer. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything to find answers—his job, his reputation, and even his life. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[The] subtle prose and profound empathy for all [the] characters enhance a suspenseful and twisty plot.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “While respectful of the resilient spirit of communities like Eastfield, Todd…doesn’t shrink from challenging the assumptions about class and economic privilege that once sustained their insular way of life. Once again, Rutledge comes to realize that war changes everything.”

    New York Times

  • “Another engaging entry in a fine series.”


  • “Todd invests this absorbing fiction with creative storytelling (including intriguing subplots), memorable characters and graceful, seemingly effortless prose…This is fiction that moves, entertains, and as always, underscores life’s victories over death.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Todd once and for all establishes the shell-shocked Rutledge as the genre’s most complex and fascinating detective.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Selected for the January 2011 Indie Next List
  • Winner of the RT Award in 2011 for Best Historical Mystery

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Breezy | 2/13/2014

    " I love these books. Charles Todd keeps me guessing every time. And each character is so individual. Sometimes I think the authors and I know the same people (not the murderer of course) and are putting them in the story. I feel this plot is the darkest in the series; well, perhaps not as dark as Wings of Fire, but a close second. Is it my imagination or is Hamish getting quieter? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynne-marie | 1/24/2014

    " Why is Charles Todd such a pessimist and why does he persecute Inspector Rutledge so? Not only is he continuously PTSD haunted by Hamish in his mind and just behind his back, but the women he loves move out of his life in devastating ways. As a friend said recently, she keeps hoping that something "good" will happen to the Inspector. But I don't think it will. I think the misery of his life is a paradigm for Todd of the years after the war, or perhaps for the war itself, out of which nothing but horror came. I know that there are other ways of thinking of this time, but I think Todd is fixed in his need to present it to us this way, perhaps to make a point about the world today. His enduring pessimism is in the service of something larger and I suspect that something is either fixed in his character or in his view of the current world view. So poor Rutledge will continue to suffer but serve. That's an epigram in and of itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Doreen Dalesandro | 1/21/2014

    " For some reason I had a hard time getting into this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paula | 1/16/2014

    " An Ian Rutledge mystery, Scotland Yard, after WWI - good read. "

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