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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: October 2000 ISBN: 9781470333478
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne-marie | 1/14/2014

    " Set in Scotland and rich in the atmospherics that Todd writes so well, this book reiterates the psychological and plot complexities that make this team of authors a phenomenon among mystery writers. The complexities of the small town minds ARE the complexities of plot in many cases, but in ways we are only privileged to see their point as Inspector Rutlege works them out. I learned much about Scotland in this book, taking time out as I did to read Sir Walter Scott's "Lady of the Lake" midway through the book as it was cited as the best description of an area through which Rutlege was driving. As always, characterization is believable and top-notch, and the plot spirals twist one into circles of happy incredulity! My recommendation must seem to be rote by now, but it is sincere and fervid: read this series!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donalee | 1/13/2014

    " Third in the series of Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a former soldier still fragile and recuperating from the trenches of WWI. His constant companion is the voice of the Highlander Hamish, who Rutledge had reluctantly put before a firing squae for refusing to follow orders. In this book, Rutledge investigates the charge of murder against Hamish's fiancee and is forced to confront his demons in Scotland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily Klein | 1/11/2014

    " This is by far the best of all of Todd's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2014

    " This is my first Ian Rutledge novel. Again, I didn't realize there were previous books in the series so am off to read #1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaynel | 1/5/2014

    " Wonderful read! I'd have given it five stars if the ending hadn't been such a cheat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evie53 | 1/1/2014

    " This one really got me hooked on Ian Rutledge - being in Hamish's home turf really opened up the depth of his character. Looking forward to reading more of Ian's story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 12/25/2013

    " I really liked the way the author did this mystery series. You are in the head of someone who is having a mental struggle at the same time as he is solving an outward struggle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 12/7/2013

    " I accidentally read the fifth book in this series before this one (number four), and the carry over in the fifth book was so excellent that I had really high expectations for this book. I think that is why I only gave it three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 10/28/2013

    " Complicated and surprising story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 10/5/2013

    " Typical great story and somewhat surprise ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 9/25/2013

    " I am enjoying this mystery series set in England - and this time partly in Scotland - just after the end of WWI. Good plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 9/1/2013

    " This series gets better and better. Ian Rutledge is sent against his will to Scotland to investigate whether a missing person is a murder victim. He is led to Hamish's former fiance and to the small villages where they lived. Will Ian's inner turmoil break him? I couldn't put this one down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/8/2013

    " Best book of the series thus far. Bring on the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette Meier | 7/23/2013

    " WOW - so many rollercoaster rides - mentally and emotionally in this story. Kept me gripped in tight right until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ti-Leigh Telford | 5/30/2013

    " The best mystery is the one I can't figure out. I had no idea what happened until the very end. Wonderful series!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwennie | 4/23/2013

    " I have loved everyone of the Inpector Rutledge series so far. Gripping, surprising, and surprisingly poignant at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 4/16/2013

    " I do like this series. I think the coincidences in this one were a bit much. What is the likelihood that Rutledge would run into Hamish's love? In all of Scotland.... That said, there was the expected fine plotting and reasoning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iynee Low | 12/28/2012

    " Grab the book when you see it is simply smashing. It has suspense, romance, twists and turns leading to an anti climax ending. Simply cannot put down till I come to the last page. Ian Rutledge at his best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/2/2012

    " A really good entry in a series I was already enjoying. Good characters and good twists and turns. A few interesting bits of Scottish history. The ending is very abrupt and leaves a lot open for future plotlines. Ran, did not walk, to get Book 5. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Todd

Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother-son writing team, are the New York Times bestselling authors of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. They live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.

About the Narrator

Sam Gillies is an experienced audiobook narrator whose titles include A Fearsome Doubt, Legacy of the Dead, Let It Bleed, Wings of Fire, and others.