his latest novel, bestselling author Charles Todd brings his classic mystery
series to a new level of intensity and intrigue. The year is 1919, and Ian
Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for his place in
a postwar world. Now a Scotland Yard investigator, he is called upon to probe a
small-town murder—and discovers that it may be connected to one of the greatest
disasters of all time.
Osterley, a marshy Norfolk backwater, a man lies dying on a rainy autumn night.
While natural causes will surely claim Herbert Baker’s life in a matter of
hours, his last request baffles his family and friends.
a devout Anglican, inexplicably demands to see the town’s Catholic priest for a
last confession. The old man dies without knowing that the very priest who gave
him comfort will follow him to the grave just a few weeks later—the victim of
an appalling murder.
local police are convinced the evidence points to an interrupted robbery and
have named a suspect: Matthew Walsh. But the dead priest’s bishop insists that
Scotland Yard oversee the investigation. A simple task for Rutledge, a man not
yet well enough to return to full duty.
inspector draws on years of experience and a war-honed intuition as he finds
himself uncovering secrets that the local authorities would prefer not to see
explored. Surely, they reason, it is better to charge an outsider—Matthew Walsh—with
murder than to learn that someone in this tightly knit community would commit
such a horrendous crime. And yet there are those, Rutledge soon discovers, who
held grudges against the priest that had little to do with God or the Church.
one in Osterley is aware that Rutledge hears voices—or, rather, one haunting
voice: that of a soldier he was forced to execute during the war. It is with
the voice of Hamish MacLeod, by turns second-guessing and taunting him, that
Rutledge begins a journey toward the devastating truth that will unlock the
secrets of Osterley and pare away its layers of deception.
in piecing together a different story, Rutledge encounters a chain of events
that stretches from these brooding marshes to one of the greatest sea disasters
in history—the sinking of the Titanic. Who is the mysterious woman
who may have boarded that ship … and who is the secretive woman who survived
it? Rutledge comes to believe that he alone can stop a killer from striking
capturing the anguish of a man haunted by his tragic past, Watchers of Time
delves beneath a cast of unforgettable characters to examine a mystery even
greater than murder: the mystery of what is right and what is wrong after the
world has committed the sin of war. Download and start listening now!