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Legacy of the Dead: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | [Charles Todd]

Legacy of the Dead: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard to Scotland, where his harrowing journey to find the truth will drag him back through the fires of his past into secrets that still have the power to kill.
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The weathered remains of Eleanor Gray are found on a Scottish mountainside, and her mother, the domineering Lady Maude Gray, requires delicate treatment. This is a case that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard to Scotland, where his harrowing journey to find the truth will drag him back through the fires of his past into secrets that still have the power to kill.

©2000 Charles Todd (P)2002 W. F. Howes

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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 06-21-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 06-21-13 Member Since 2007

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "AN ADDICTIVE SERIES!"

    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 4th 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.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DCinMI Fairview, MI 12-19-13
    DCinMI Fairview, MI 12-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?"

    I've listened to all the Inspector Ian Rutledge books leading up to this one and several later ones before I realized it was a series. I enjoyed them very much. The problem is, this is the first one that ends on a cliffhanger, so I hopped on here to get the next one right away, only to find that Audible skips over the next 5 books. I'm so angry right now I could spit! Just be warned before you listen to this one. You're gonna be left hanging.

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    K. Port Maitland, NS, Canada 09-15-13
    K. Port Maitland, NS, Canada 09-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Love this Series"
    Would you listen to Legacy of the Dead again? Why?

    OH Yes!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the quips between Rutledge and Hamish


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

    Hamish


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

    I did feel somewhat remorseful in knowing Hamish loss of the girl he was to marry


    Any additional comments?

    I have a need to hear more of the ending of this story.......will book five be on audible soon?

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    Karin Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-23-13
    Karin Cincinnati, OH, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    What does Samuel Gillies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narrator did a great job


    Any additional comments?

    Good book. It ended too soon! The next one isn't available as a recording.

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