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Legacy of the Dead (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)

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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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The remains of Eleanor Gray, daughter of the Lady Maude Gray, are found on a Scottish mountainside. Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard discovers the young mother accused of killing Eleanor is the grieving fiancee of the man Rutledge executed during World War I. A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year.

About the Author

Charles Todd is the author of A Test of Wills, Wings of Fire, and Search the Dark. He lives on the East Coast, where he is at work on the next novel in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series, Watchers of Time.

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Edward Hahn, February 11, 2015 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
What a compelling story. Written by a U.S. East Coast mother and son team under the pseudonym, Charles Todd, they've taken the British Mystery Genre to a new level. This one grabbed me from the start and kept me guessing right up to the last 10 or 15 pages. The cliffhanging ending is an added benefit.

It is 1919 and the main protagonist of the entire series, Inspector Ian Rutledge, still suffering from shell shock as it was called then, is dispatched to mollify Lady Maude Gray, whose missing daughter's bones may have been found in Scotland. The local inspector, Oliver, messed up with the powerful Lady Maude, who surprisingly uses her influence to assign Rutledge to discover whatever he can about her daughter's disappearance.

He's is not at all happy to be sent to Scotland as so many men from Scotland had died under his command during World War I. Additionally he carries the voice of Hamish MacLeod, a man he had executed for insubordination, around in his head. It's how he copes with his guilt. The two of them have conversations in his mind about this investigation and other matters. To further complicate an already painful situation, the woman charged with killing Eleanor Gray is Hamish's ex-fiancee, Fiona. Fiona is accused of murdering Eleanor Gray so she could steal her new born baby and raise it as her own. The evidence is circumstantial but Fiona refuses to tell the truth because she is protecting someone and will risk the gallows rather than betray her promise. Ian vows to prove her innocense, especially after he discovers the gossiping and other strange doings that put suspicion on Fiona in the first place.

Both the ensuing plot and the numerous characters Rutherford encounters make the entire story one of the most readable pure mysteries I've ever encountered. The authors impeccable research highlights the social norms of the time, which are sometimes infuriating, involving class and station as they did. But somehow Rutherford overcomes the societal barriers in his search for the truth. I highly recommend this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553583151
Author:
Todd, Charles
Publisher:
Bantam
Location:
New York
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Series
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Rutledge, Ian
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
mystery;fiction;wwi;england;scotland;historical fiction;ian rutledge;inspector ian rutledge;historical mystery;scotland yard;british;crime;rutledge;murder;inspector rutledge;historical;police;british mystery;shell shock
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries (Paperback)
Series Volume:
Part of v. 54
Publication Date:
20010531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
6.88 x 4.15 x 1 in 0.4 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The remains of Eleanor Gray, daughter of the Lady Maude Gray, are found on a Scottish mountainside. Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard discovers the young mother accused of killing Eleanor is the grieving fiancee of the man Rutledge executed during World War I. A "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year.
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