Inspector Ian Rutledge

24 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 9,248 ratings

A Test of Wills Publisher's Summary

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, fighting the torment of his illness, goes to investigate. As he digs into the lives of the villagers, the witness who disturbs him most is a war-ravaged ex-soldier who chills Rutledge with the realization that he could become like this man.

©1996 Charles Todd (P)1999 W.F. Howes
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  • Book 1

    • A Test of Wills

    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Giles
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 780
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 693
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 684

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good early work in series

    • By Kathi on 01-30-14

    Regular price: $23.76

  • Book 2

    • Wings of Fire

    • Ian Rutledge, Book 2
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 487
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 439
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 435

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Both History and Mystery

    • By arleneshapiro21 on 03-29-13

    Regular price: $23.76

  • Book 3

    • Search the Dark

    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 476
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 359
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 359

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yeah, It's Dark, Scary, and Perfectly Plotted

    • By Ted on 01-28-13

    Regular price: $30.07

  • Book 4

    • Legacy of the Dead

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 347
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What's up, Audible??? Why would you do this to us?

    • By DCinMI on 12-19-13

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  • Book 5

    • Watchers of Time

    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 283
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281

    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…

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Flipping a coin on the stars.

    • By Constance Jenkins on 02-26-18

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 6

    • A Fearsome Doubt

    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Does Ian Rutledge Ever Get a Grip?

    • By consuelo on 11-25-14

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  • Book 7

    • A Cold Treachery

    • Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 7
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 280
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 245

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable listening!

    • By GrandmaG on 06-22-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 8

    • A Long Shadow

    • Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 8
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 189
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • addicted to inspector rutledge

    • By maria on 07-17-16

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 9

    • A False Mirror

    • Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 9
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
    • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • NOT ONE OF TODD'S BEST EFFORTS

    • By Linda Lou on 11-24-14

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 10

    • A Pale Horse

    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 522
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 410

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding author - Outstanding narrator

    • By N. Hopkins on 12-07-12

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 11

    • A Matter of Justice

    • Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 727
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 445
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 443

    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?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining procedural through the end

    • By Marie on 08-21-10

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 12

    • The Red Door

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 709
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 471
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 469

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The Yarn Unraveled for Me . . .

    • By Debbie on 01-07-14

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 12.5

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  • Book 13

    • A Lonely Death

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 593
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 457

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best in the series

    • By Marie on 01-31-11

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 14

    • The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 655
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 572
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 571

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Most exciting by Todd Yet

    • By Judith A. Weller on 01-18-12

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 15

    • Proof of Guilt

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 15
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 350
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 316

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-18-13

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 16

    • Hunting Shadows

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 16
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 416
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 415

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another great Ian Rutledge book!

    • By Kathi on 02-15-14

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  • Book 16.5

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  • Book 17

    • A Fine Summer's Day

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 370
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 366

    On a fine summer's day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice to the assassination of an archduke in Sarajevo. An Inspector at Scotland Yard, he is planning to propose to the woman whom he deeply loves, despite intimations from friends and family that she may not be the wisest choice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Bravo! Prequel Success!

    • By Christy on 01-11-15

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 18

    • No Shred of Evidence

    • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
    • By: Charles Todd
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 579
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 527
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 525

    On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest for murder. Four young women have been accused of the crime. A shocked father calls in a favor at the Home Office. Scotland Yard is asked to review the case.

    However, Inspector Ian Rutledge is not the first inspector to reach the village. Following in the shoes of a dead man, he is told the case is all but closed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This Inspector Rutledge audio is outstanding!

    • By Robert on 02-20-16

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