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Legacy of the Dead (Ian Rutledge Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

Charles Todd
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26 Jun 2001 Ian Rutledge Mystery (Book 4)
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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (26 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553583158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553583151
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Tightly written, well concaved 29 July 2006
By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Further investigations in the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries. This time Inspector Rutledge finds himself in the last place he would want to be given his background and particular situation. Just after the Great War (1919) of which Rutledge and his, uh err co-inhabiter Hamish, find himself in a murder case that will take him to the heart of the Scotland (Duncarrick) where he meets up with his old friends and those of Hamish. Seems like everyone knows or is related to someone else in this mystery.

Fiona MacDonald, who would have been Hamish's wife, had he survived the war is no on trial for the murder of Eleanor Gray who disappeared several years earlier. Naturally the local police have it all wrapped up as they always do in this series but Rutledge who is sent to cross all the T's and dot all the I's sees more than the locals can fathom. And of course he must contend with his boss that is always looking for a way to get rid of him.

Will he succeed and at what cost?
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5.0 out of 5 stars an exceptional book 2 Mar 2010
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I have just finished 'Legacy of the Dead',a truly exceptional experience. This is the third of the Ian Rutledge books and I am working my way through the entire series and I would recommend anyone who enjoys books with a historical setting to do the same.

My current interest is in the postwar years of the 20's with the struggle of soldiers trying to return to their 'normal' lives after four years of the horror of mud and death in the trenches of Northern France.

Rutledge with his struggle to stay sane and functional is a poignant and iconic figure, he struggles and survives. The detection side of the story is very well done with plenty of odd twists and turns.

This was an experience I am happy to have had,not only a good mystery but a truly powerful look at the human condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most absorbing reads I have had! 7 Sep 2001
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I have just this minute finished reading Legacy Of The Dead and have not got my breath back yet! This is the best of the Rutledge novels so far.Totally absorbing,poignent,thrilling and taking us further into the past of the central character,Ian Rutledge,than before.Once again,Charles Todd expresses so well the difficulties of re-adjusting to life in post war Britain and of a country still struggling to come to terms wwith its losses.At the same time,it keeps you on the edge of your seat and eager to turn the next page!I wait,impatiently,for the next novel in the series.
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