Scotland Yard dispatches Inspector Rutledge to find out who the man was and why he died in such mysterious circumstances. But the villagers clearly have something to hide. And what does the huge chalk sculpture of a pale horse of the Apocalypse have to do with the crime?
©2008 Charles Todd; (P)2009 BBC Audio
I love this series and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys intricate details and mysteries set in English villages. I disagree, however, with those who say they prefer this narrator to Gilles. I like the more dramatic way Gilles reads, and his Scottish accent when he does Hamish is more pronounced and seems more authentic to me. I hope Book 6-9 will soon be available.
Of course it was Inspector Rutledge and Hamish along with him. They make a great team.
I don't think in terms of favorite scenes but I will say the ending in this one was particularly satisfying. Often an excellent mystery is spoiled by an ending that wasn't well enough developed by the rest of the story but this one, although surprising, was quite plausible.
No, just enjoyed listening to it as much as possible until I reached the end. After listening to seven of these audiobooks Rutledge's world has become almost real to me.
Before I started listening to this series I didn't think I would like mysteries set in the period just after WWI, but was caught up in that time immediately and now have acquired an interest in learning more about the war and the times.
Not much to say. It is a decent story, fairly well written and read. I bought this as a "sale" item and for that price it was worth it. It is not a story that I will return to though.
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: "A Pale Horse" is the 10th in the seriers. 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.)
I bought this book purely because it was on sale for $5. I read the description and it talked about kids in a grave yard and raising the devil. It sounded intriguing. Unfortunatly that's about the first half hour of the book. The rest is a quite boring detective story with uninteresting characters.
the entire series is worth your time.
Rutledge, Prebble is a great reader and he helps the reader identify with the characters.
Any time Hamish talks
I hope this series will continue. It brings history into the story along with the mystery. Please keep the same reader, he is wonderful.
Exciting, tight plot and engaging characters are just a few words that can never be used to describe this book. You could cut this boo down by 2/3rds and still have the same amount of story and even then it would be dull.
I felt like an endurance runner reading this "just keep going. make it to the end"
He was ok.
All but the title
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