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  1. says:

    Ian Rutledge breaks my heart On the surface, he s an upper class British officer returned from the front after WWI to resume his position as an inspector at Scotland Yard Underneath the handsome facade, he is the ultimate casualty of a terrible war tortured by his memories, haunted by a decision made in the heat of battle and abandoned by his fianc e, he throws himself ...


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    Bought second hand after seeing a review of another of Todd s novels This is a bit of an unusual book set in the UK post WWI, but written by Americans and for the US market, so it has a slight American feel to it in places, though not enough to detract from the writing However, the descriptions of Urskdale and the area are beautifully written as is Rutledge I loved the way he comes across as damaged and vulnerable and yet determined to bring the killer to justice The writing flows, the historical details perfect as far as I could see apart from one instance The book is set in 1919, and yet the detective refers to Edward the Eighth Edward VIII was born in 1894, and didn t succeed to the throne until January 1936 So in 1919, Rutledge would have referred to him as The Prince of Wales and although his name was Edward, he might well have used a different Christian name as King I am anal about numbers and stuff like...


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    I know I said I wouldn t continue this series, but I couldn t stay away and ended up awarding 5 stars Go figure The characters are worth the occasional frustrating plot device Ian Rutledge works to solve the brutal murder of an entire family in the kitchen of their farm, while a blizzard rages outside The young boy who is missing is the only survivor and...


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    It takes a very confident author, utilizing a fascinating but mentally challenged Inspector detective, to get away with what amounts to an In Cold Blood sequel, although thankfully a fictional one First, a family in the middle of nowhere is found, slaughtered, and one key to the mystery like in Truman Capote s non fiction masterpiece is the order in which the victims are murdered Second, like In Cold Blood , we actually have two villains suspects, and their relationship participation is also a key to the solution But there is, in essence, only one crime taking something that doesn t belong to you Therefore, all crime mystery novels hinge on this singular element Third, like In Cold Blood , Rutledge, much like Truman Capote himself, takes a vital interest in one of the villians suspects , but it is an emotional factor that is fitting to the crime itself, thus giving the end of this book a very good emotional resonance Three stars one for atmosphere, one for the fas...


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    This is book 7 in the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Series The Inspector is a WWI veteran who is still suffering the effects of shell shock Now called PTSD, but back then it was called Shell Shock, so that is the terminology used in the series The series is set in the years immediately following the war, when Rutledge is back to his pre war job as an Inspector with Scotland Yard.It is a good but not great series It is certainly not nearly as good as it could be with tighter writing and better editing I really like Rutledge and his post war struggles I love the outside the box idea of a voice that only Rutledge hears in his head, and I especially love the actual character of Hamish, the man whose voice Rutledge hears It is a wonderfully unique plot device, and it works great I also love the setting and time period o...


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    The book kept me reading, but left me a little dissatisfied.Ian Rutledge is called in to a real horror an In Cold Blood like murder of 5 members of a family, in a remote village, in the middle of a snowstorm of historic proportions The locals judge it too treacherous for Rutledge to trek the snow obscured paths alone, so much of the time he is confined to the village s lone hotel, with two other guests, each connected to the murdered mother.Like all the books I ve read in this series, this was atmospheric as all get out claustrophobically so And I always come away from these books feeling that I understand the WWI and post WWI era in Britain just a little bit better, which I really enjoy.But, once again, Rutledge largely bumbles about and discovers whodunnit by chance He doesn t get fooled by another character s attempt to plant false evidence, so I give him credit for that But this was such a horrific crime that the mo...


  7. says:

    This book gives me great hope for Inspector Rutledge in his journey to some level of recovery from the psychological trauma of WWI I liked the story, which reveals anger and revenge at their worst But it also reveals Rutledge at his best, as a man, as an Inspector in the Scotland Yard He has the intuition he is slowly learning to trust again He can be as much protector as Inspector He instinctively knows that healing from trauma takes time, and he advocates for others The murder of all but one member of a farm family in the Lake District NE England sends local searchers out into a snowstorm to find the young boy who escaped Different people are implicated as Rutledge continues his investigation The story comes to a head just as Rutledge is being pulled off the case The murderer is revealed, and people Rutledge cares for are seriously injured In t...


  8. says:

    Very readable, as are most of Todd s works Great thing to read when its 11 and snowy out Not sure why this book took me so long other than my arthritic hands There s a blizzard going on and a family mother, father, 2 3 kids are killed and an older boy has disappeared into the snow and rough terrain of Urskdale It is sheep country No one knows what happened Did the boy see ...


  9. says:

    A good read, as usual, but the nexus between the crime and the motive was weak But, as usual, one can t wait to find out what will happen to Ian and Hamish next Plus I can t help wondering if eventually Bowles gets a real comeuppance


  10. says:

    No CSI, no DNA evidence, not even fingerprints and the detective doesn t even carry a gun How crimes were solved without these conveniences.Love these books The mystery meanders along very slowly but the mystery does get solved and the journey is well worth it.Lots of suspects.No heroesNo heroinesNo sexJust a scarred, damaged detective and a murder to solve.Love these books This book had a great murder mystery with many suspects, each with a secret Make a movie of these mysteries, please This book even had a little altercation at the end in a small kitchen no less BEST USE OF sheep and barnsALPHA MALE many here none of them the hero Ia...


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A Cold Treachery Ebook A Cold Treachery Author Charles Todd Rarefishingbooks.co.uk Charles Todd Returns To The World Of Scotland Yard S Inspector Ian Rutledge In A Series That The New York Times Book Review Called Harrowing Psychological Drama And The Washington Post Book World Hailed As Among The Most Intelligent And Affecting Being Written These Days This Time The Embattled Inspector Has Met His Match Hunting A Brutal Killer Across A Frozen Hell And The One Witness Who May Have Survived A Crime Of A COLD TREACHERY You Ll Hang For This See If You Don T That S My Revenge And You Ll Think About That When The Rope Goes Around Your Neck And The Black Hood Comes Down Called Out By Scotland Yard Into The Teeth Of A Violent Blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge Finds Himself Confronted With One Of The Most Savage Murders He Has Ever Encountered Rutledge Might Have Expected Such Unspeakable Carnage On The World War I Battlefields, Where He D Lost Much Of His Soul And His Sanity But Not In An Otherwise Peaceful Farm Kitchen In Remote Urskdale.Someone Has Murdered The Elcott Family At Their Table Without The Least Sign Of Struggle Was The Killer Someone The Young Family Knew And Trusted When The Victims Are Tallied The Local Police Are In For Another Shock One Of The Elcotts Children, A Boy Named Josh, Is Missing.Now The Inspector Must Race To Uncover A Murderer And To Save A Child Before He S Silenced By The Merciless Elements Or The Even Colder Hands Of A Killer Haunted And Goaded By The Soldier Ghost Of His Own Tortured War Past, Rutledge Will Discover The Tragedy Of War That Splintered One Marriage And Pulled Together Another Love, Jealousy, Greed, Revenge Or Was It Some Twisted Combination Of All Of Them Any One Could Lead A Man Or Woman To Murder What Had The Elcotts Done To Ignite Their Killer S Rage With Time Running Out, Rutledge Knows All Too Well That Such A Cold Blooded Murderer Could Be Hiding Somewhere In The Blinding Snow Preparing To Strike Again From The Hardcover Edition.