A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge in Hunting Shadows, a gripping and atmospheric historical mystery set in 1920s England, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.
A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange its unbelievable.
Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them—except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don’t add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.
In going over the details of the case, Rutledge is reminded of a dark episode he witnessed in the war. While the memory could lead him to the truth, it also raises a prickly dilemma. To stop a murderer, will the ethical detective choose to follow the letter—or the spirit—of the law?
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“Hunting Shadows is another winner from this mother-and-son writing
team. Strong atmosphere and a complicated mystery make this book one that
readers won’t be able to put down. Set in England after WW I, both the history
and atmosphere of the time are perfectly balanced. The devastating loss of so
many soldiers and the physical and emotional crippling of the men who returned
from war—such as Rutledge, who suffers from what we now call PTSD—permeate the
RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars)
“Of all the places where Inspector
Ian Rutledge’s Scotland Yard assignments have taken him, the desolate Fen
country must surely be the eeriest. [This is an] excellent historical series.”
— New York Times Book Review
“As always, the North
Carolina-based mother and son who write under the pseudonym Charles Todd do a
beautiful job with the period detail, making these books a nostalgic outing to
England between the world wars.”
— Raleigh News & Observer
“Readers who stick with the chase…should
be enthralled, as Rutledge sorts through a fascinating portrait gallery of
witnesses and suspects, most of whom aren’t telling him the whole truth.”
— Wilmington News Journal
“Elusive clues, suspense and
excellent writing make for reading pleasure.”
— Oklahoma City Oklahoman
“Tricky plotting and rich atmospherics distinguish [Hunting Shadows]…Todd has rarely been better.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“It’s the summer of 1920, and
Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge has a tricky case on his hands…There are
a lot of questions, but perhaps the most pressing is whether Rutledge’s
memories of war, sparked by these recent murders, are distracting annoyances or
the key to solving the case. Another well-written, well-plotted entry in this
always engaging mystery series.”
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About Charles Todd
Charles Todd is a pen name used by the American authors Caroline (1934-2021) and Charles Todd, a mother-and-son writing team who write the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries and the Bess Crawford mysteries, as well as stand-alone novels. Their novel Proof of Guilt was a New York Times bestseller, and A Test of Wills was named one of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s 100 favorite mysteries of the 20th Century and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year selection. Their novels have won the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, and the Anthony Award, as well as being finalists for several other awards. Charles is continuing the series.
About Simon Prebble
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 thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.