A Test Of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
  • A Test Of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
  • A Test Of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
  • A Test Of Wills (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
ISBN: 0062091611
EAN13: 9780062091611
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 16, 2011
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
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Todd has written a first novel that speaks out, urgently and compassionately, for a long-dead generation.A meticulously wrought puzzle.
--New York Times Book Review

An intricately plotted mystery. With this remarkable debut, Charles Todd breaks new ground in the historical crime novel.
--Peter Lovesey, author of The Circle

You're going to love Todd.
--Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

The first novel to feature war-damaged Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, A Test of Wills is the book that brought author Charles Todd into the spotlight. This Edgar(R) and Anthony Award-nominated, New York Times Notable mystery brilliantly evokes post-World War I Great Britain and introduces readers to one of crime fiction's most compelling series protagonists. Here the shell-shocked Rutledge struggles to retain his fragile grip on sanity while investigating the death of a popular army colonel, murdered, it appears, by a decorated war hero with ties to the Royal Family. A phenomenal writer, a twisting puzzle, a character-rich re-creation of an extraordinary time and place.it all adds up to one exceptional read that will delight fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Jacqueline Winspear, Ruth Rendell, and other masters of the British procedural.

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5
   Why Five Star?
Ian Rutledge and the mystery are intriguing. After the end of World War 1 and treatment for shell shock, the son of a police officer returned to work at Scotland Yard. He was deliberately given a tough case because he lost confidence in himself. The setting feels authentic, the mystery is good, and the characterizations have depth. The strongest suit of the mystery are the believable and sympathetic characters.
 
5
   Superb in criminal mystery and WWI shell-shock
The intellectual and emotional mystery of the series is complemented by a description of the experience of the surviving soldiers of WWI. When it was called weakness and cowardice, we now recognize it as post traumatic stress disorder. The soldiers who came back to England with their heads held high were thought to be weak failures because they had survived many years in the trenches. It is well worth the read.
 
4
   Unusual...in a very good way
When I read a book, I usually put together a list of faux pas', logic leaps, or other frustrating items. I have zero such items in this book. The story is very well- written, psychological, compelling, introspective, intellectual, and mysterious. It is similar to Agatha Christie but has its own style. I didn't know the series was set in the post- WWI era. I found myself researching a few things about life in England 100 years ago, and it turned out to be intriguing. I'm very excited about continuing the series, well done.
 
5
   A winning tale from a superb author
Todd is an excellent writer who has a genius in character development. Ian Rutledge, an inspector from Scotland Yard, was sent to the scene of a ghastly murder in a small. There is a rural town. As Todd introduces the personality of Rutledge, we begin to understand him as he interacts with a limited number of suspects. He has demons that come into play, and we can see how his intuition leads him. The plot is getting more complex as we are brought to an amazing ending. This murder mystery introduces an engaging Ian Rutledge, and you will be delighted with it.
 
5
   Please write more Ian Rutledge books!
The characters and settings in the mysteries are captivating. The authors have created a world and a hero that I would love to read about forever. In this age of turbulence and intolerance for mental health conditions, Inspector Rutledge's inner struggles ring true. They aren't great literature, but they are a great read.
 
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   Pleasantly Surprised
I did not have high expectations when I purchased this book using a special deal. This one was good and I read the whole book. The plot is interesting, it does drag on a bit in parts compared to other mystery writers, but it was an entertaining book and provided insight into the effects of WW 1 on the British people.
 
5
   exceptional mystery
Most of the books I have read are by Charles Todd. The historical details of the period make the stories realistic. The war was a terrible disaster. The soldiers went through a lot of pain. The loss of life and the bravery of the young men were heartbreaking to read. The English countryside has flowers and small village life. One expected this mystery to end in the same way, but it did not. A Test of Wills is one of Charles Todd's books.
 
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