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A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)

A Test of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Todd
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“Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation….A meticulously wrought puzzle.”
—New York Times Book Review

“An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.”
—Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle

“You’re going to love Todd.”
—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

The first novel to feature war-damaged Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, A Test of Wills is the book that brought author Charles Todd into the spotlight. This Edgar® and Anthony Award-nominated, New York Times Notable mystery brilliantly evokes post-World War I Great Britain and introduces readers to one of crime fiction’s most compelling series protagonists. Here the shell-shocked Rutledge struggles to retain his fragile grip on sanity while investigating the death of a popular army colonel, murdered, it appears, by a decorated war hero with ties to the Royal Family. A phenomenal writer, a twisting puzzle, a character-rich re-creation of an extraordinary time and place…it all adds up to one exceptional read that will delight fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Jacqueline Winspear, Ruth Rendell, and other masters of the British procedural.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062091611
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (13 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEGJ94
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Period piece 14 Dec 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A fascinating period who dunnit which is impossible to fathom because of in incredible twist in the tail. I loved this unique troubled detective battling with the post traumatic stress of WWI as he comes into contact with former soldiers and civilians scarred for life by this terrible conflict.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many of us have our own Hamish 10 Nov 2007
By bernie VINE VOICE
This is the firs in a series of Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries. It does not take us long to know the man and the burden he carries. It is this side of him and the descriptions of the world after the Great War that adds a unique value to the writing and our lives also.

A week ago headstrong Colonel Harris was unceremoniously dispatched. All signs point to the dispatcher being a war hero with friends in high places. Who ever takes the case needs to be expendable. Rutledge's superior Bowls suspected Rutledge's secret and decided he would make the perfect scapegoat.

It is interesting as the story unfolds we see mysteries within mysteries, maybe a few red herrings and many unwell people that can usually be detected by Rutledge but not always. As there is a race with time Rutledge's trying to regain his uncanny detective skills we also but figure out who did the deed and who. To some the answer will be obvious to others it will feel that he pulled a clue out of the closet at the last moment. In any case you will be intrigued to the conclusion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual detective novel (3.5 stars) 21 April 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery featuring a detective recently returned from the battlefields of WW1 and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, not that this was recognised in those days.

Written by an American pair of authors (mother and son I think) it is surprising how well they capture England in the period just after the first World War. The formality and pace of life is well defined as is a complex lead character that you don't necessarily 'like' but you admire his approach as he deals with the murder he is assigned to, and his own demons. The murder is that of a respected ex-officer and the prime suspect is a hero of the war, a potentially embarrassing outcome in the post war period. As Rutledge gently peels away the life and relationships in a small English village the outcome is hard to guess and is satisfying when it comes.
The pace may be too slow for some, but this is thoughtful and engaging stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Test of Wills 6 Oct 2013
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This is the first in the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series. When the highly respected Colonel Harris is shot at point blank range, the local Warwickshire force turn to Scotland Yard for help. Superintendent Bowles sends Rutledge - damaged by his time in the trenches, to investigate. The most likely suspect for killing Harris is local war hero, Captain Mark Wilton, a man who is personal friends with the Prince of Wales and has been decorated with the Victoria Cross. However, as Wilton was shortly to be marrying Lettice Wood, a young ward of Harris, and the two men were seen having a violent argument both the night before and the morning of the murder, he seems the obvious choice. Fearing fallout over the possible arrest, Bowles hopes that the case will end Rutledge's career before it has a chance to restart.

Rutledge is an interesting character; a man who suffered claustophobia and shell shock and who is plagued by the voices of a dead comrade. Now he realises that he must unearth the murderer among the good folks of Upper Streetham, who have their fair share of secrets to hide. Everyone is determined to believe Wilton innocent and to hide the truth from the man from London, but Rutledge knows he must suceed, both to solve the crime and save himself. Good start to a long running series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 16 April 2014
By Nanz
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Have not read this book yet but if of the same quality as 'A Long Shadow' it should be fine. Delivered in the time and in the condition stated
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ 29 Jan 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 6 Aug 2013
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The Inspector has returned from the war and is now battling to keep his job as he faces the consequences of his time in combat. Will his experiences make him a better or worse detective? He'll certainly do a more thorough job than the local officers have.
I enjoyed this and liked the historical setting.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Period detective drama with a twist 1 Aug 2013
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Set shortly after WW1 this whodunnit harks back to the days of Miss Marple & Poirot, our hero is a battle-scarred Scotland Yard detective called in to investigate a high-profile death in Cornwall. Apart from a few glaring idiosyncrasies, the American authors capture the period well, but the pace was rather too slow for my liking, and not really my genre.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery
Thoroughly enjoyable and gripping read, I shall definitely try more Charles Todd books in due course, I just had to keep turning the pages.An excellent and unexpected ending too!
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Lesley A Burridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Ibliked the old fashioned atmosphere
An interesting post war atmosphere with a very likeable inspector of Scotland Yard. I have later read more of the same series.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Test of Wills
Really enjoyed this book. A very clever plot with complex and believable characters. Quite a dark atmosphere in the aftermath of the first world war but I really want to know what... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Fiona Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different
I enjoyed this book because itwas not in the usual genre,. To have a police inspector who is so flawed emotionally and yet battling to overcome it and sucessfully solving the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by eileen millard
4.0 out of 5 stars A test of Wills,
Good, I enjoyed it and will look for others by Charles Todd and hope he does a series about Inspector Ian Rutledge
Published 13 months ago by May Webb
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost momentum in the middle
I expected to enjoy this more than I did. Rutledge was an interesting character with problems of his own and the ideas about shell-shock were also interesting but somewhere in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kath Page
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Quite intriguing. Good development of the characters. I haven't finished it yet but looking forward to an interesting twist at the end
Published 13 months ago by Mr. J. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars my type of book
enjoyed the book from start to finish it held my attention all the way through looking forward to reading anotherof his books a long shadow
Published 13 months ago by bob
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Mr. Haldane—he’s the Squire’s son. He was one of Miss Wood’s suitors, as was the Vicar.” &quote;
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Miss Tarrant, of course—she was the lady that Captain Wilton had courted before the war, but she turned him down then and doesn’t seem to mind that he’s marrying Miss Wood now. &quote;
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