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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Samuel Gillies Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rutledge Mysteries Release Date:
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The weathered remains found on a Scottish mountainside may be those of Eleanor Gray, but the imperious Lady Maude Gray, Eleanor’s mother, will have to be handled delicately. This is not the only ground that Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard must tread carefully, for the case will soon lead him to Scotland, where many of Rutledge’s ghosts rest uneasily.

But it is an unexpected encounter that will hold the most peril, for in Scotland Rutledge will find that the young mother accused of killing Eleanor Gray is a woman to whom he owes a terrible debt. And his harrowing journey to find the truth will lead him back through the fires of his past, into secrets that still have the power to kill.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Eloquent…rich.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Tightly worked, poignant…a most moving story.”

    Booknews from The Poisoned Pen

  • “A rich, complex novel intelligently written and very affecting.”

    Purloined Letter

  • “The muddy, bloody horrors of WWI continue to haunt Inspector Ian Rutledge, back at work at Scotland Yard, but just barely…Readers will continue to be captivated by Todd’s portrait of the dangerously unraveling detective and his equally incisive evocation of the grieving postwar world.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A sensitive approach, literate prose, and provocative situations mark Todd’s latest addition to his Ian Rutledge series…Very forceful emotional scenes ensue as Ian ferrets out the truth. A special treat for series and historical fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “Readers who have yet to meet Rutledge are in for a surprise: his sidekick, MacLeod, was a corporal in World War I; during the Battle of the Somme, Rutledge was forced to have MacLeod executed for cowardice. MacLeod exists now only as a voice in Rutledge’s head—not a ghost but more than a fantasy figure. MacLeod is as real as any flesh-and-blood man, at least to Rutledge, whose inner turmoil, whose haunting (if you will), is what makes this series so immensely intriguing. This is a fine, unique, and moving mystery that will appeal to readers looking for something a little out of the ordinary.”


  • “Deep-voiced Samuel Gillies gives Rutledge the English voice one expects, yet he narrates with a hint of a Scots accent. Unexpected, but it works, as does his fine creation of Hamish’s rhythmic brogue and the many other voices and personalities in the book, both men and women.”


  • Finalist for the Anthony Award for Best Novel
  • A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joy | 2/18/2014

    " Fourth book in the Ian Rutledge series. I don't think I like these quite as much as the Bess Crawford ones--the central conceit of Hamish doesn't work for me--but this is still a pretty strong mystery novel. As with Todd's other books, the whole is better than the sum of the parts; there's enough historical detail and interesting characterization to make up for some transparencies and conveniences in the actual mystery. That said, I found the whole "innocent person insisting they are guilty" bit to be a bit tired so soon after reading An Impartial Witness. Perhaps it was my bad luck to pick up the two books where Todd repeats themselves in such quick succession. "

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

    " So good...as are they all. Rutledge goes into the belly of the beast when he travels to Scotland to the place where Hamish lived and loved. He even meets and attempts to save Fiona, Hamish's fiance. Gripping and ripping!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Betsy | 2/9/2014

    " I keep waiting for one of the series to disappoint me, but each one has its own story with interest and new aspects to Rutledge as well as to the people who come into his life. The time in England after WWI is very interesting. Such pain and suffering spread so far across the nation. Every little town has its war legacy. The legacy enters into people's daily lives in unexpected ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Powless | 1/30/2014

    " charles Todd(mother 7 son living in US have mastered the telling of effects of WWI through a scottish ghost of all who have died "

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