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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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 it's 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?
©2014 Charles Todd (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 02-15-14

Another great Ian Rutledge book!

It's hard to say much more about Charles Todd (and character Ian Rutledge from Scotland Yard) than has already been said. At this point, I can happily say that this whole series is one of my great favorites, and this new book completely lives up to my expectations.

It involves Rutledge going to the Fen country to help the local constabulary work two murders that would seem to be related, but for which there are no obvious connections that they can figure out. This is a well-laid out mystery--with lots of twists and turns.It seems to have more characters than most of the books which gives it interest, though a little hard to keep sorted in the beginning.

The only thing that left me a bit puzzled is that in all the others, Hamish (a voice from a dead soldier that Rutledge always hears in his head, as a result of shellshock) in greatly minimized. In past books, Hamish has had a greater prominence--something I rather enjoyed because it gave insight into other dimensions of Rutledge. Perhaps this is a sign that Rutledge is progressing away from his shellshock, but I found myself hoping it was not because they (Charles Todd--mother and son team) are planning to write him out eventually.

This is a very good mystery, with well drawn out characters--lots of interest, and even some history about the Fen country and WWI put in as well. And Simon Prebble is a perfect narrator! Highly recommend!

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3 out of 5 stars
By R. Pontiflet on 04-23-17

A Murder Mystery... Lots of Twists and Turns

This is a good mystery with mysterious underpinnings and lots of twists and turns. In the beginning, the story became confusing pretty fast because of the number of characters introduced early on and it was a little difficult to keep them sorted out.... lots of rewinding.

The story involves two murders which happen a week apart in two different villages. The murders seem unrelated but as Inspector Ian Rutledge investigates, the connection between the two is found and we see how they are tied together.

Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator but, for this story, it was hard to distinguish some of the voices because of the number of characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Artemis on 05-29-18

Really enjoyed this book. one small quibble though

a good pace and interest but a few American terms creeping in to the dialogue that can take the reader away from the timeline and culture of the UK.
a small gripe as I always enjoy these books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alistair on 02-28-17

Best thriller for a lomg time

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An excellent book, well written, with a very original plot line. Ably supported by the reader Simon Prebble. Once I started listening I found it hard to stop.

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