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Inspector Ian Rutledge is quickly sent to investigate the sudden deaths of three members of the same eminent Cornwall family, but the World War I veteran soon realizes that nothing about this case is routine. Including the identity of one of the dead, a reclusive spinster unmasked as O. A. Manning, whose war poetry helped Rutledge retain his grasp on sanity in the trenches of France. Guided by the voice of Hamish, the Scot he unwillingly executed on the battlefield, Rutledge is driven to uncover the haunting truths of murder and madness rooted in a family crypt...

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Cornwall, England, is the setting for three recent deaths in the same family. A concerned relative suspects foul play, so Scotland Yard sends shell-shocked WWI veteran Ian Rutledge to Cornwall. With him goes his constant "companion" Hamish, the young Scot whom he unwillingly had to execute on the battlefield and whose tormenting voice in Rutledge's head forces him to face unpleasant truths. Martin's Press.

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Charles Todd lives on America's East Coast, but he knows England well. Intrigued by puzzles in the human spirit, he has completed the next novel in the critically acclaimed Inspector Ian Rutledge series, Search the Dark.

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Edward Hahn, May 26, 2015 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
This is #2 in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. I finished #1 few months ago and was so impressed, I've acquired a number of volumes and plan to read them intermittently over the next year or so. I've never been a big fan of so-called British mysteries but I do like these stories, perhaps because of the characters, especially Rutledge.

Rutledge, a veteran of World War One survived the war, but is haunted by his experiences, including being buried alive in a German artillery barrage. He also hears the voice of one of his men, a Scot named Hamish, who he had been forced to put in front of a firing squad because of Hamish's unwillingness to lead a suicidal advance. Hamish is a constant companion in his head telling him things he often does not want to hear. They argue, sometimes out loud which can be disconcerting to the people around Rutledge - a WW I version of PTSD.

"Wings of Fire" is the title of a poetry book written by a critically acclaimed, virtual recluse, Olivia Marlowe. Writing under the pseudonym of O.A. Manning, she is mistaken for a man because she does such a good job of capturing the Hell that is combat and the passion of love expressed in "Wings of Fire".

Olivia and her half brother Nicholas are found dead in what is assumed to be an apparent suicide. When another family member breaks his neck falling down the stairs, questions are raised by another relative Rachel Cheney, Rutledge is sent to determine what really happened.

The plot then unfolds as Rutledge discovers the tragic history of the family in which a number of people have died under tragic circumstances. He becomes convinced that all of the deaths were murders. He takes it on himself to unravel the tangled family history in the face of opposition from the local authorities and most of the citizens of the nearby town.

Rutledge, who could be seen as being an obsessive-compulsive cannot abide an unsolved mystery and persists in his inquiries until the truth comes out in a very satisfying, exciting conclusion.

While this book can certainly stand on its own, the first book in the series, "A Test of Wills," was helpful to have read as it does an excellent job of describing Rutledge's syndrome and the history of his relationship with Hamish.

I certainly can recommend this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312965686
Author:
Todd, Charles
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Villages
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Traditional British
Subject:
Women poets
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Cornwall
Subject:
Rutledge, ian (fictitious character)
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Wings of Fire
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
6.72 x 4.26 x 0.865 in

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"Synopsis" by , Cornwall, England, is the setting for three recent deaths in the same family. A concerned relative suspects foul play, so Scotland Yard sends shell-shocked WWI veteran Ian Rutledge to Cornwall. With him goes his constant "companion" Hamish, the young Scot whom he unwillingly had to execute on the battlefield and whose tormenting voice in Rutledge's head forces him to face unpleasant truths. Martin's Press.
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