Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge plods along following people’s stories. Then, all of a sudden, the book turns into an excellent horror story.
Rutledge struggles with his WWI PTSD. He can’t escape the haunting voice of Hamish MacLeod who died beside him in the trenches.
Superintendent Bowles exiles Rutledge to the village of Borcombe in Cornwall to investigate what seem to be routine suicides. And Rutledge uncovers family murder.
The two main suspects are already dead. Rutledge may gain nothing but trouble by unmasking the serial killer. Many of the major clues are in a famous book of poetry, Wings of Fire.
While Rutledge solves the murders in Borcombe in Cornwall, his major nemesis, Bowles, fails to unmask a serial murderer in London.
As always with Charles Todd, the storytelling is straightforward and clear. For me, the book was compelling.
One of my major tasks in the next year or so will be to read my way through all of Charles Todd’s Ian Rutledge books.
I checked this out as a Kindle book from my local library. Your library might offer similar e-book services.