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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,261 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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Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the devil. Instead, they stumble over the devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey—a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.

Scotland Yard dispatches Inspector Rutledge to find out who the man was and why he died in such mysterious circumstances. But the villagers clearly have something to hide. And what does the huge chalk sculpture of a pale horse of the Apocalypse have to do with the crime?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The exemplary tenth Inspector Ian Rutledge historical whodunit (after A False Mirror) offers tight plotting and rich characterization amid understated but convincing evocations of post-WWI England.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Simon Prebble, the voice of Charles Todd's mysteries, creates another winner with this moody tale of soured love in the Yorkshire dales…Prebble reads atmospherically without over dramatizing the action, and the wide range of characters is well drawn.”


  • “The tragic sweep of Charles Todd's historical mysteries grows more expansive with each successive novel in his stunning series.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Evocatively and suspensefully written…This is a terrific mystery, carefully spun, which leads us into the dark realms of the postwar era and reveals even darker plots.”

    Providence Journal

  • A Pale Horse is, like its protagonist, a melancholy triumph.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Todd's rendering of characters—especially those of the country folk inhabiting rural Yorkshire—is absolutely superb.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeni | 2/1/2014

    " I am so in love with this series set in post-World War I England. Inspector Ian Rutledge is slowly becoming whole again after the shell-shock he experienced in France. Hamish doesn't appear as prevalently in this later book as he did in the beginning of the series, and that's as it should be. I suppose he will never disappear completely, but as Rutledge continues his attempt to return to his former life as a Scotland Yard detective, it is only natural that the mental scars should begin to heal. These mysteries are well-crafted and well-told, and I hope this mother-son writing team continues for many years to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Edna | 1/26/2014

    " Even though it's number 10 in series, as my first Inspector Rutledge mystery novel, I found it easy to relate to the characters with enough depth to care about them. Good character development will interest those readers who like P.D. James. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Craig | 1/25/2014

    " This one gets a bit bogged down at times - mostly with the dreary details of the inhabitants of the "leper" cottages - and the ending comes pretty much out of nowhere. A good read, but not close to the best in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maryellen | 1/16/2014

    " Ian Rutledge is sent to find a missing scientist. Well written, tight mystery, Rutledge goes after the scientist's disappearance from all angles. Hamish, the ghost of a deadman, is always with him. The authors have created a real, human detective by their skillful use of post traumatic stress disorder. "

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