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Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge must contend with two dangerous enemies in this latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series
London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed?
One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man?
The experienced Rutledge knows that suspicion and circumstantial evidence are not proof of guilt, and he's going to keep digging for answers. But that perseverance will pit him against his supervisor, the new acting chief superintendent. When Rutledge discovers a link to an incident in the French family's past, the superintendent dismisses it, claiming the information isn't vital. He's determined to place the blame on one of French's women despite Rutledge's objections. Alone in a no-man's-land rife with mystery and danger, Rutledge must tread very carefully, for someone has decided that he, too, must die so that a cruel justice can take its course.
The first part of this mystery takes off with a pretty good pace and in an interesting setting, but then there is a very long and slow-moving middle part followed by a rushed... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maria
This is a really good detective novel. Set just after the first world war, you can feel the atmospherics.
Suspense and pace abounds.
This is an easy read. Read more
This is a well written and atmospheric crime novel. This novel is set in the period just after the first world war. Read morePublished 20 months ago by dali
As a big reader of crime and detective fiction I find it strange that Charles Todd has never previously shown up on my radar. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Catlover
Once again vine programme selection spot on , I have previously read Inspector Rutledge stories in books from my library selection and find this one just as riveting as others. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mrs. Susanne Willshaw
im not usually a fan of detective series novels but this one was quite good , a slightly strange main charachter with a side kick in his imagination and lots of murder , mystery... Read morePublished 23 months ago by margesimpson
Love this series of books. As with the other series. Cannot wait for next one, which is already on re order.Published on 12 July 2013 by Erica Ross