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“Tricky plotting and rich atmospherics distinguish bestseller Todd’s 16th novel featuring Scotland Yard’s Insp. Ian Rutledge....Todd (the pen name of a mother-son writing team) has rarely been better.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on HUNTING SHADOWS)

“Another well-written, well-plotted entry in this always engaging mystery series. (Booklist on HUNTING SHADOWS)

“Another winner…Strong atmosphere and a complicated mystery make this book one that readers won’t be able to put down.” (Romantic Times 4 1/2 stars on HUNTING SHADOWS)

“As always, the North Carolina-based mother and son who write under the pseudonym Charles Todd do a beautiful job with the period detail, making these books a nostalgic outing to England between the world wars.” (Raleigh News & Observer)

“Readers who stick with the chase, though, should be enthralled, as Rutledge sorts through a fascinating portrait gallery of witnesses and suspects, most of whom aren’t telling him the whole truth.” (Wilmington News Journal)

“Of all the places where Inspector Ian Rutledge’s Scotland Yard assignments have taken him, the desolate Fen country must surely be the eeriest. [This is an] excellent historical series.” (New York Times Book Review on HUNTING SHADOWS)

“Elusive clues, suspense and excellent writing make for reading pleasure.” (Oklahoma City Oklahoman on HUNTING SHADOWS)


A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge in Hunting Shadows, a gripping and atmospheric historical mystery set in 1920s England, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.

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 its 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.

In going over the details of the case, Rutledge is reminded of a dark episode he witnessed in the war. While the memory could lead him to the truth, it also raises a prickly dilemma. To stop a murderer, will the ethical detective choose to follow the letter—or the spirit—of the law?


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  • Verlag: William Morrow; Auflage: Reprint (21. Januar 2014)
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  • Sprache: Englisch
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Excellent historical mystery set in the 1920's with a lot of twists and turns. A murder happened in Ely Cathedral, just north of Cambridge in Fen County. Why was he killed and where did the gun shot come from? After a second dispatch with a witness who spotted a monster in the window at the time.

The local police are baffled and so they call in Inspector Rutledge who has a knack for sorting through the red herrings and a good sense of history needed to solve the complex case. We follow the inspector as he extrapolates the meanings of the act.

Even though the Rutledge and a few associates came from previous books this story stands enough alone that it can be your first Inspector Rutledge story.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen No character development 26. Januar 2014
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I've read every single Charles Todd book to date and what started off as a promising series has fizzled into just an adequate one.

Hunting Shadows is better than some of the other recent Ian Rutledge books in terms of the actual mystery, but what is sorely missing in this series is an evolution of Rutledge's character. When we are first introduced to Rutledge, he is an emotionally wrecked survivor of the first World War. In the early books, the authors vividly portray his anguish and the events leading up to its causation. They also give us hope that Rutledge will find a new love interest and insight into his relationship with his sister. But in later books, Rutledge is turned into something of an automaton who traverses the English countryside and interrogates witnesses and suspects. He never moves forward on any personal level, except perhaps for a lessening of the role that Hamish plays in his life. A completely mesmerizing character has turned into one who is dry and lifeless.

I still have hope for the series because the authors write beautifully. If only they could find a way to bring some sparkle back into their main character.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A detective series that is so much more than just solving crimes..... 7. Mai 2015
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I have held off writing a review because I started at the beginning of the series with “ A Test of Wills” which was published in 1996. This book, “Hunting Shadows“ is the next to last book in publication and I have read all of them with the exception of the novella entitled “Cold Comfort” published in 2013. I don’t do well with short stories.

I was hesitant in the beginning because the backdrop of the series is World War I and I usually avoid war stories. However I was hooked on the very first book because the writing is excellent, reminding me of P. D. James’ Adam Dalgliesh. The authors’ attention to detail makes the series an enjoyable read. Set in the two (2) year period right after World War I, such references as “stopping for petrol” or whether a residence is “on the phone” or “cranking up the motor car “made the events and thus the characters come alive for the reader. Despite suffering from shell shock (or what in today’s terminology is called PTSD) the protagonist, Inspector Ian Rutledge, is like a dog with a bone when he begins a case. He is relentless at finding the truth and not accepting the appearance of guilt. He has a knack for getting ordinary people to talk when they would rather not and is fearless when he is tracking a suspect. He has a softer side that we see occasionally when he’s visiting with his sister or family friend Melinda Crawford. And he can be tongue tied like a schoolboy in his tortured encounters with Meredith Channing. He is a very likeable character mostly for his honesty and commitment to the job.

The descriptive war scenes helped me better understand the horrors that the men in the battle at the Somme and elsewhere in War I endured and, by extension, the experiences and impact to men and women today who engage in warfare on behalf of their countrymen. The descriptions are vivid and I suspect the intent is to help those who have never been to war understand the long lasting impact that is imprinted on a person’s day-to-day life if they have survived. The series of events leading to the creation of Hamish is repeated throughout the series with variations that add more details to the event and each time, imparts to the reader the depth of the trauma experienced by Ruthledge.

The other remarkable undercurrent in the series is that the authors were able to convey how war changed so many in the nation – “England before and after the war”. The war had a tangible psychological impact not only on the lead character, Inspector Rutlege, but on just about everyone, regardless of class, position or livelihood. And like many wars, a generation of men was lost.

Finally at the beginning of the series, I was a bit frustrated because the stories would take place in totally made-up villages or towns that I could not find on GPS to help me get a better feel for the place. In this book however, the story takes place in a number of small towns that do exist – Ely with its magnificent cathedral, Burwell, Soham and Newmarket. Being from America and only have lived in the U.K. for just under a year, the real places made this book in the series much more enjoyable even though I highly recommend the entire series.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Compelling 15. Oktober 2016
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Finished this novel just before bed; which may have been a mistake because the ending left me feeling a bit haunted, for lack of a better word. I just would have much preferred if two of the characters had been left alive. Of course on of those deaths was the impetus for the whole story--but still. At least he did leave us to conclude that two of the lonely characters in the book might become more than friends and have a life together. This may have been one of my favorite Rutledge books. As an aside, I do find it interesting that Todd has Rutledge driving his "motorcar" back and forth and here an there in all of the books--often in the middle of the night. I'd also like to mention that one of the prior reviewers took issue with the author's re "Norfolk", claiming there is no such place in England. There is, in fact, a county Norfolk. The town of Norwich is located in county Norfolk. This may be the last Rutledge book I read until the 2017 publication is available since the 2016 book got exceedingly bad revviews. Am moving on to Louise Penny. We'll see.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent 22. Januar 2014
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This book renewed my faith in the author. After finishing the prior book in this series I was ambivalent about reading any more. I was getting tired of the repetition concerning Hamish and the horrors of war. Now Todd has returned to the business of murder and detecting. The storyline filled with twists and turns that left me almost breathless and aching with the power of love. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
4.0 von 5 Sternen When the Goal is Social Climbing 26. September 2016
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Like other Charles Todd murder mysteries, this story revolves around how war teaches a soldier how to kill in civilian life ... Or at least think seriously about it.
What makes the Ian Rutledge mysteries unique is the inclusion of the ghostly figure of Hamish MacLeod, a character who is not fully explained in this novel. The plot's focus is on the perceived importance of Social Status: the type of person who ingratiates himself in order to promote his own agenda.

The strength of this novel is the examination of characters who realize when they are being manipulated by those craving social status and those who don't.
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