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A Cold Treachery Audiobook

A Cold Treachery: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 7

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Publisher's Summary

Charles Todd returns to the world of Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge in a series that the New York Times Book Review called “harrowing psychological drama” and the Washington Post Book World hailed as "among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days". This time the embattled Inspector has met his match hunting a brutal killer across a frozen hell and the one witness who may have survived a crime of…a cold treachery.

"You’ll hang for this - see if you don’t! That’s my revenge! And you’ll think about that when the rope goes around your neck and the black hood comes down..."

Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself confronted with one of the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge might have expected such unspeakable carnage on the World War I battlefields, where he’d lost much of his soul - and his sanity - but not in an otherwise peaceful farm kitchen in remote Urskdale. Someone has murdered the Elcott family at their table without the least sign of struggle. Was the killer someone the young family knew and trusted? When the victims are tallied the local police are in for another shock: One of the Elcotts’ children, a boy named Josh, is missing. Now the Inspector must race to uncover a murderer and to save a child before he’s silenced by the merciless elements - or the even colder hands of a killer. Haunted and goaded by the soldier-ghost of his own tortured war past, Rutledge will discover the tragedy of war that splintered one marriage - and pulled together another. Love, jealousy, greed, revenge - or was it some twisted combination of all of them? Any one could lead a man or woman to murder. What had the Elcotts done to ignite their killer’s rage? With time running out, Rutledge knows all too well that such a cold-blooded murderer could be hiding somewhere in the blinding snow.…

©2005 Charles Todd (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 06-22-15
    GrandmaG Kinnelon, NJ, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2016

    Retired bookkeeper, married, Mom of 2, two granddaughters. Love cozy mysteries.

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    "Enjoyable listening!"

    I am currently listening to this series, and enjoying it very much. I feel it is well-written and well-narrated. No objectionable language, no sexual situations. A nice, pleasant listening experience. This particular story was no exception. I thought I had figured out who the murderer was, but I was wrong. Moving on to the next one......

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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-04-16
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "What can I say? Another great Ian Rutledge Mystery"
    What made the experience of listening to A Cold Treachery the most enjoyable?

    The setting and the intrigue of the mystery.


    What other book might you compare A Cold Treachery to and why?

    It's typical Ian Rutledge - his character is consistent throughout the series.


    Which character – as performed by Samuel Gillies – was your favorite?

    Inspector Rutledge, as always. Hamish plays a strong role in this book as well - more helpful, less annoying (to Rutledge) than in some of the books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really. But even though I was listening to it for the second time it had been long enough that I had forgotten how it ended up, so I listened as often as possible to find out who had done the murders and why.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite series - I love the descriptions of the villages, the countryside, the villagers and the way of life in that not so distant but very different time. This combined with intricate mysteries make the Inspector Rutledge novels great, especially combined with excellent narration.

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    Stacey Memphis, TN, United States 03-10-15
    Stacey Memphis, TN, United States 03-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great book by Todd"

    I have listened to all of both series by Todd and they are great. This one was particularly intriguing because you really have no idea until the end who did what. Well done

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    CB 10-30-14
    CB 10-30-14
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    "Good book, a little too long"
    If you could sum up A Cold Treachery in three words, what would they be?

    Seemed to go over the same suspects and same facts over and over.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog, Cybil.


    Which character – as performed by Samuel Gillies – was your favorite?

    Not really sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


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    "An appalling slaughter"

    Rutledge is sent by Bowles into the Fells in mid-winter to look into who had murdered a farmer and his family. The bitter weather and the taciturn locals make it difficult for him to get to the truth and to the murderer at the end of this chilling case.

    This story was not as interesting as some of the others, but the need to know which of the many suspects was the killer held me to the end. The narrator's slightly soporific voice seemed to emphasize the slow-pace of this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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