Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Charles Todd's Hunting Shadows is a classic police procedural with an intriguing ending.

Set in the 1920s, the action begins when someone guns down a social-climbing army captain.

Then the same person murders an up-and-coming politician as he makes a speech. 

With no viable leads, the local constables call in Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge.

Longtime readers of this series will know that Rutledge has an alter ego, the voice of Hamish McCloud, Rutledge's soldier friend killed in the war.

Rutledge and McCloud hunt shadows. They go from witness to witness. They interview people peripherally connected to the case. They try to understand how the two victims relate to one another.

Then, the sniper attacks a local farmer.

Rutledge immerses himself in the English countryside. He passes the long-burned-out windmill and, at the very start, he gets lost in the thick fog.

Finally, Rutledge and McCloud understand the connections, but things are different than they seemed.

This book closes in a memorable way.

In so far as I remember, I've only read two Ian Rutledge mysteries. 

I know I am late to the party. Rutledge is a famous mystery character. The books have been best sellers.

I liked the book. I hope to read more about Inspector Ian Rutledge.

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