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Charles Todd
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this series immensely Feb. 2 2003
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"Charles Todd" (a mother/son writing team) has/have created a memorable inspector and a haunting sidekick in this series. I particularly liked the war flashbacks, which sometimes were important for solving the mystery. Sometimes the situations were improbable,'s mystery fiction, where improbability is typical. All I can recommend to the authors is that they tie up the loose ends with a bit more tidiness and detail more of Rutledge's logic in solving the mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Addition to an Excellent Series April 1 2002
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in this third outing, Ian Rutledge, and his conscience Hamish, are sent to Dorset to investigate a murder of a woman and the disappearance of her two children. He follows each clue only to find more questions and additional clues.
This is British procedural writing at it's best. Todd has not suffered from second or third book syndrome. His writing is precise and concise - each word chosen with care. Rutledge contunues to be a tortured soul who is a compassionate and intelligent investigator. Todd's ending surprised me, but that just makes for good reading.
If you enjoy procedurals, make sure you read this series. If you've wanted to try a procedural, but didn't know where to begin, begin with this one - all others will pale by comparison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual plot for an unusual man... Feb. 27 2002
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I discovered Todd's books through recommendations from, and for that I thank them. Todd writes about a world that disappeared almost a century ago. It is due to his writing abilities that that world is recreated again for his readers. I pick up one of his books, and immediately my mind settles into a simpler, but dark time of history after WWI. Rutledge is a different protagonist, who brings with him into his cases both the knowledge of human goodness and the inhumanity of man that he learned from his war experience.
Rutledge keeps quiet concerning his shadow presence, Hamish. The world was a lot less forgiving of mental illness back in those decades then it is even now. Hamish's presence in these books apparently bothers some readers, yet it is partly his presence which differentiates these books from others of this genre. Those who have studied psychiatry and neuroscience are aware of the different coping mechanisms used by those exposed to massive trauma, and few wars have dealt out the type of trauma the young men from England were exposed to during WWI.
The plot of this book is another ripple effect of the war. Those who made it back alive, not always made it back whole...even if their bodies appeared unscathed. And the impact of the war touched all of those families and towns, including the women. Many families, mothers and wives who expected a return to normality, were asked to deal with sons and husbands who returned with massive psychological problems. Many of them had to deal with these problems on their own without professional help, and also find a way to provide for their families.
Todd does an excellent job of writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Search The Dark Aug. 16 2001
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I was introduced to the this book by accident. While on vacation I picked up a book to read and it was this one. I can tell you that now on hooked on all of Charles Todd's Inspector Ian Rutledge novels! Once you start reading, you can't put the books down. I've read all in the series and I'm anxiously his latest novel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving, but worth the while. Aug. 13 2001
I had a really tough time with this book. Initially, I found it very slow moving, but I stuck with it. For me, it still didn't really pick up until towards the end when Rutledge starting piecing things together, but I'm glad I saw it through. The ending totally caught me by surprise. I never saw it coming.
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