Inspector Ian Rutledge
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  • 1
    A Test of Wills | Charles Todd

    A Test of Wills

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.

    Difficult to follow the narrator

    Inspector Rutledge returns to his position at Scotland Yard after long and horrendous combat service as an officer in World War I. He has been damaged..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 02 2013 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • 2
    Wings of Fire: Ian Rutledge, Book 2 | Charles Todd

    Wings of Fire: Ian Rutledge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
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    When reclusive war poet Olivia Marlowe and her half-brother, Nicholas Cheney, die together in their ancestral home on the Cornish coast, it looks like suicide. The grieving relatives gather together to discuss the fate of Barcombe Hall, when another shocking death occurs. Inspector Rutledge, who is still shell-shocked from his experiences in the Great War, is sent from Scotland Yard to investigate. Rutledge is soon convinced that the answers to this baffling case lie within the family’s secret history.

    Both History and Mystery

    Todd writes the tale of a detective, back from the First World War and struggling with his own demons. As a "Who Dun It", this book stands on its own..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 29 2013 by Mike (Bethesda, MD, United States)
  • 3
    Search the Dark | Charles Todd

    Search the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Dorset is the latest setting for the talents of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the First World War still haunted, literally, by his actions. Indeed, his personal ghost only serves to complicate things as his inner doubts blend into the trauma of the case.

    Tenacity wins the day!

    Inspector Ian Rutledge is presented with a mystery that could result in an innocent man's death by hanging if he doesn't find out the true story. A c..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 31 2011 by Marie (Tallahassee, FL, United States)
  • 4
    Legacy of the Dead: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | Charles Todd

    Legacy of the Dead: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    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 the..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 19 2013 by DCinMI (Fairview, MI)
  • 5
    Watchers of Time | Charles Todd

    Watchers of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
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    Charles Todd brings his classic mystery series to a new level of intensity and intrigue. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for his place in a post-war world. Now a Scotland Yard detective, Rutledge is called upon to probe a murder in the small Norfolk town of Osterley - but he soon discovers that the crime may be connected to one of the greatest disasters of all time…

    #5 RECENTLY RELEASED..HANG IN & GROW WITH RUTLEDGE

    I don't know why Audible.com repeatedly asks this question in its Guided Review. It's rather presumptive to assume, as much as books cost today - esp..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 12 2014 by Linda Lou (Cave Creek, AZ USA)
  • 6
    A Fearsome Doubt | Charles Todd

    A Fearsome Doubt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
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    In 1912 Ian Rutledge watched as a man was condemned to hang for the murders of elderly women. Rutledge helped gather the evidence that sent Ben Shaw to the gallows. And when justice was done, Rutledge closed the door on the case. But Shaw was not easily forgotten. Now, seven years later, that grim trial returns in the form of Ben Shaw's widow Nell, bringing Rutledge evidence she is convinced will prove her husband's innocence. It's a belief fraught with peril, threatening both Rutledge's professional stature and his faith in his judgment. But there is a darker reason for Rutledge's reluctance.

    Outstanding in every way!

    I've read all the Ian Rutledge and the Bess Crawford series (by Charles Tood, mother/son team). Just finished a Bess Crawford book, so was pleased to ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 14 2014 by Kathi (Sterling, VA, United States)
  • 7
    A Cold Treachery: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 7 | Charles Todd

    A Cold Treachery: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
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    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.

    Good book, a little too long

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

    Reviewed on October 30 2014 by CB (Green Valley, AZ)
  • 8
    A Long Shadow: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 8 | Charles Todd

    A Long Shadow: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
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    Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge brought the Great War home with him, and its horrors haunt him still. On New Year’s Eve 1919, he finds a brass cartridge casing, similar to countless others he’d seen on the battlefield, on the steps of a friend’s house. Soon there are more, purposely placed where he is sure to discover them. Unexpectedly drawn away from London to a small Northamptonshire village, he investigates the strange case of a local constable shot with a bow and arrow.

    Excellent book--but read this series in order!

    I noticed that only one person has rated this book before now, and appears not to have liked it at all. If that listener was unfamiliar with the whole..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 22 2014 by Kathi (Sterling, VA, United States)
  • 9
    A False Mirror: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 9 | Charles Todd

    A False Mirror: Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Samuel Gillies
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    An officer who served with Rutledge in the trenches of France before being sent back to England under suspicious circumstances has now been accused of savagely beating the husband of the woman he still loves. The suspect has taken the wife hostage, threatening to kill her and her maid unless Rutledge takes charge of the investigation. Although the case painfully mirrors Rutledge's own past and the love he lost to another man, he cannot refuse it.

    NOT ONE OF TODD'S BEST EFFORTS

    I love the Inspector Ian Rutledge series but sometimes Charles Todd drops the ball. That's the case here. Nothing about this story makes any sense. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 24 2014 by Linda Lou (Cave Creek, AZ USA)
  • 10
    A Pale Horse | Charles Todd

    A Pale Horse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask.

    A wild ride

    In A Pale House, Inspector Ian Rutledge is challenged by seemingly disparate mysteries: the finding of a dead man in an abbey ruin, the disappearance..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 30 2011 by Marie (Tallahassee, FL, United States)
  • 11
    A Matter of Justice: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries | Charles Todd

    A Matter of Justice: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    After two London men end their business partnership, one of them is savagely murdered in a medieval tithe barn on his estate in Somerset. Investigating the killing, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the victim was universally despised in Cambury - even the victim's wife and the town's police inspector are suspect. And yet in London circles, the man was highly regarded. What triggered his death?

    Entertaining procedural through the end

    This is my first listen to one of Charles Todd's mystery series. I chose it after a marathon of three of James Lee Burke's novels, needing a change o..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 21 2010 by Marie (Tallahassee, FL, United States)
  • 12
    The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | Charles Todd

    The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    June 1920. In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has been bludgeoned to death. Rumor has it that two years earlier, she'd painted that door to welcome her husband back from the Front - only he never came home. Meanwhile, in London, a man suffering from a mysterious illness first goes missing and then just as suddenly reappears. He is unable to explain his recovery. Inspector Ian Rutledge must solve the cases.

    Too Many Twists

    This is one of my favorite mystery series. Its protagonist is unique and, in most of the books (this one is an exception), the physical and (especiall..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 14 2011 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • 13
    A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | Charles Todd

    A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer.

    The best in the series

    Inspector Ian Rutledge races against time to solve a series of murders, the victims all being men who had fought together in the Great War. This kill..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 31 2011 by Marie (Tallahassee, FL, United States)
  • 14
    The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | Charles Todd

    The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.

    Most exciting by Todd Yet

    This is was one of the most exciting books I have ever listened to. Simon Prebble does a perfect job of the voices and brings the whole story alive...Show More »

    Reviewed on January 18 2012 by Judith A. Weller (LaVale, MD United States)
  • 15
    Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15 | Charles Todd

    Proof of Guilt: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    London, summer 1920. An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investigation to uncover what happened. While the signs point to murder, vital questions remain: Who is the victim? And where, exactly, was he killed? One small clue leads Rutledge to a firm built by two families, famous for producing and selling the world's best Madeira wine. Lewis French, the current head of the English enterprise, is missing. But is he the dead man? And does either his fiancée or his jilted former lover have anything to do with his disappearance - or possible death?

    Disappointing

    The end was entirely unsatisfactory. I couldn't believe it was over and so many loose ends. I listened to the last chapter twice to see if I was missi..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 25 2013 by Pat Green ()
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    Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16 | Charles Todd

    Hunting Shadows: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
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    A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange it's unbelievable. Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them - except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don't add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

    Another great Ian Rutledge book!

    It's hard to say much more about Charles Todd (and character Ian Rutledge from Scotland Yard) than has already been said. At this point, I can happily..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 15 2014 by Kathi (Sterling, VA, United States)