The Black Ascot

Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (448 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge seeks a killer who has eluded Scotland Yard for years in this next installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible - but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior at Scotland Yard. Alan Barrington, who has evaded capture for 10 years, is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horse race honoring the late King Edward VII. His disappearance began a manhunt that consumed Britain for a decade. Now, it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving the Yard a last chance to retrieve its reputation and see justice done. Rutledge is put in charge of a quiet search under cover of a routine review of a cold case. 

Meticulously retracing the original inquiry, Rutledge begins to know Alan Barrington well, delving into relationships and secrets that hadn’t surfaced in 1910. But is he too close to finding his man? 

His sanity is suddenly brought into question by a shocking turn of events. His sister, Frances, Melinda Crawford, and Dr. Fleming stand by him, but there is no greater shame than shell shock. Questioning himself, he realizes he cannot look back. The only way to save his career - much less his sanity - is to find Alan Barrington and bring him to justice. But is this elusive murderer still in England?

©2019 Charles Todd (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Best Inspector Rutledge mystery ever!

I love the Inspector Rutledge series and I really enjoy Simon Prebble as a reader, but this time they outdid themselves- I truly did not see the end coming---great book!

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More like this!!!!

Could not put it down. Finished in 1 day. Now the wait is on for the next Charles Todd Rutledge mystery. They get better and better!!!

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Good as always

Still waiting for a little romance for Rutledge. None here but as always it’s a good story. Maybe next time he will fall in love

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Great story, great narrator

This was a fantastic Ian Rutledge novel with all the usual twists and turns we have come to expect of Charles Todd. And what can I say about Simon Prebble? I love, love, love his skillful narration! He is the best! I can’t wait until the next Ian Rutledge novel is published!

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Charles Todd has written great Ian Rutledge

this is another great story from Charles Todd I love all the Ian Rutledge novels I had a hard time finishing this one because of so many interruptions from my family but I plan to listen to this again thank you Charles.

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Very Compelling story.

I seldom give reviews so I'm breaking habit with this book. It is terrific. I enjoy the Inspector Rutledge series but found this one to be more of a "page-turner" than usual. I'm always impressed by the authors' attention to detail and the nuances of Rutledge's inner demons, the storyline, and I was not disappointed here. The only reason I gave the performence four stars is the obvious editing - a bit jarring.

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One of the finest Detective series I’ve ever read

Simon Prebble is also an outstanding voice for this book series. The fact this series is written by an American mother and son is also astonishing. The series feels so grounded in early 20th century London.

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Excellent

Very well done. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the next story.

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Inspector R

This has been a most enjoyable read. Inspector R. always give me a wonderful read. I am always sorry the story comes to an end I hope Mr.Tod is giving Inspector R another mystery to solve very soon.

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Plot full of Twists and Turns

This is a plot filled with twists and turns and I dare you to guess the ending before the authors choose to reveal it to you. This mother/son combo are past masters of suspense and weave a very tight plot. I look forward to each new offering with pleasure.

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  • Mrs Maureen Cate
  • 02-22-19

Such a brilliant series...

Superb, as ever. An excellent, intriguing and engaging story line, perfectly narrated by Simon Prebble - please never change to another performer!

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  • Lilania Kershaw
  • 02-17-19

Always excellent

Another fantastic who done it by the marvellous Charles Todd team. I would however like to see Inspector Rutledge find some happiness, maybe this book is a small step towards at least starting to find some peace with the effects of the war.