This it the first Ian Ruthledge story I've listened to and found the story a bit annoying in parts - the repetitive introjections by "Hamish" was just too much at times. The detective seemed too befuddled to be effective in assessing each potential clue. Maybe more reflective of reality but a drag after a while. I'm giving it 3 stars for the narration of Simon Prebble who does a good job.
I have come to really like this authors and his detective. The mysteries are well plotted and the murderer often comes as a real surprise as does the motive.
The author does a great job of evoking post WWI Britain which I think is one of the things I like about these book. He writes of a simpler times but with lives no less complicated.
These are well-plotted books and I never a miss a one. If you like a well-plotted mystery which harkens back to a simpler time when detective work was not all forensic labs, but rather skilled interviews and following up clues and tiny pieces of information whereever it takes you - this is the book for you.
It is not a fast-paced book like modern day crime writers but I like this about the book, as I don't care for these modern day crime writers - but this harkens back to Agathe Christie at her best. If you like these period British Mystieries, you don't want to miss this writer and his Detective.
I enjoyed this book even after a second listen a year after the first time. I have listened to all but the last book in the series and they are all good.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
Somehow I started with just one of the books in the series but soon bought all of them back to back. FYI: This is the 11th in the series. Simon Prebble, as always, is a superb narrator - much better than Samuel Gillies, who narrates like he's performing "Hansel and Gretel" to 6 year olds!
No matter how hard you try, you will never guess who will be murdered and by whom. There are so many twists and turns and red herrings that the reader is always kept guessing. The Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is a tortured soul but a great detective. He suffers from World War I "shell shock" which is what we now recognize as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that is manifested by a dead "imaginary friend" named Hamish McCloud. This adds an interesting component into how this detective acts and reacts. Hamish is to Rutledge what cocaine is to Sherlock Holmes - a dangerous nemesis that both helps and hampers. All of the books are pretty much the same plot but just different enough in locations, people, class distinctions, and twists to make each worth reading. My suggestion is to go on Google or Wikipedia to learn the order of the series and start with the first one. Each book fills in the gaps if you start somewhere in the middle but the continuity really helps. It would be nice if Audible.com would assign chronological order to books which contain a series or prequels and sequels. )I will post this same comment on all of the Ian Rutledge books that I've read.)
A suspect is almost hung as Inspector Rutledge's intuition says they have the wrong murderer. However, there's absolutely no proof to convict the guilty one. Revenge must run it's surprising course. Rutledge must ask: is this justice?
I admired his protagonist more than Inspector Rutledge. Rutledge was too black and
white and followed the letter rather than the spirit of the law. I thought he was too quick
to blame others for his own failings.
I appreciated the complexity of this mystery as well as the attention to detail paid by the author. Inspector Rutledge and his internal companion Hamish have become one of my favorites. And this installment, with it themes of choice and consequences does not dissapoint. I especially enjoyed the narrator, who gave individual voice to each character and imbued each with a degree of depth that can be lacking with a professional reader.
Always an avid reader, I have become addicted to audio books.
I was looking for something different and this filled the bill -- a view of a time and place I know very little about, and with an authentic feel. Love the character of Ian Rutledge and the voice given him by the narrator -- also appreciated the development of much less likeable but still real-seeming characters -- though looking back, there were a lot of those. I will be starting at the beginning.
The historical facts intertwined with fiction
The description of the characters and the settings.
He is the best I have heard so far.
I always want to listen to Charles
Todd's books in one setting.
Please keep offering Charles Todd's books, read by Simon Prebble!