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A Fatal Lie: A Novel (Inspector Ian Rutledge…

A Fatal Lie: A Novel (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Book 23) (edição: 2021)

de Charles Todd (Autor)

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Título:A Fatal Lie: A Novel (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries Book 23)
Autores:Charles Todd (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2021), 352 pages
Coleções:Finished in 2021, netgalley

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Inspector Ian Rutledge unravels a tortuous abduction of a very young child with a lot of driving around Wales in his motorcar. Well written and engaging, but as always a bit too complicated and dark! ( )
  pennykaplan | May 25, 2021 |
Title: A Fatal Lie (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery #23)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 352
Year: 2021
Publisher: William Morrow
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Once again, Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent on what seems a hopeless murder case to solve in some tiny, remote village at the behest of his commanding officer, one who would like nothing better than to have Ian fail. However, Ian refuses to oblige his boss. He packs a bag and drives to a Welsh village where a body has been discovered in a river that flows beneath a large aqueduct. First, Ian must determine if this is in fact murder, or if the man fell. Murder seems most likely.
Ian begins questioning the local population, and of course, no one saw anything or heard anything. He soon comes upon another mystery though, that of a missing 3-year-old girl. The girl has been missing for a year, but it seems her disappearance might have something to do with the dead man. There are also rumors of the dead man’s sister not being of sound mind, and she has been rumored to be in the area. Did she have something to do with the man’s death or the disappearance of the girl? Ian’s questions stir up trouble for himself and more dead bodies follow his trail. He retraces the dead man’s last journey. Each time he begins to unravel a thread of truth; it seems it wasn’t the truth after all. He follows up on the vaguest of phrases or words as a clue in his efforts to solve the case. He will go without sleep or food to track down the killer.
I so enjoy Ian’s travels across Great Britain to these small villages. The way of life in the early 1920s is interesting to read about. Ian job is his life. He still suffers from PTSD as a survivor of horrific battles in WWI. His constant companion, Hamish, is ever-present in Ian’s mind only. He sometimes offers Ian help, but just as much irritates or berates him. Ian is loath to let Hamish go as his present mental state is the only way Ian knows how to deal with the tremendous guilt he feels. Ian is one who refuses to give up his pursuit of justice. He is intelligent, intuitive and inquisitive—a few traits that make him an excellent inspector.
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. ( )
  lamb521 | Apr 1, 2021 |
Scotland Yard Inspector Rutledge is sent north to Wales to investigate a suspicious death near a canal viaduct, the Telford Aqueduct. It turns into a suspenseful story with another two sudden deaths and a kidnapping. There's plenty of twists and a few red herrings. It's a good story, but unfortunately, it's too long, a tad overwrought and over busy. Rutledge's backstory takes a rest- no development in the romance side of things - and Hamish fades into the background. The intrepid Sergeant Gibson is totally MIA, stranded back at Scotland Yard in London. Rutledge needs a wingman. There's some interesting historical information about longboats in the English canal system and the Great War Bantam Battalions (for men under regulation height). It's a good read, but not a great one. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Mar 17, 2021 |
As A Fatal Lie (2021) opens, it’s three years after the end of World War I and Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is still in the proverbial doghouse of his Superintendent, Markham. The antagonism between the two men once again sees Rutledge sent to a remote corner of the United Kingdom to investigate an unidentified body found floating in the River Dee in Wales. Through some good old-fashioned detective work (admittedly the only kind available in 1921) Rutledge is able to identify the man, although what he was doing in Wales and who killed him is still a mystery.

In the course of retracing the man’s footsteps, Rutledge is forced to break the news to his wife, on whom this new load of grief weighs heavily atop the still-fresh loss of her young daughter. Could the two crimes be related? And where does the dead man’s possibly mentally unstable sister come into the picture? The Inspector travels hither and yon where northwest England and northeast Wales meet. All the while, he’s got the voice of long-dead Hamish providing a running commentary in his head, as he has ever since the wretched day during the war when the Scotsman died while serving under Rutledge in the Army. Rutledge knows Hamish isn’t really there, but it doesn’t make the ghostly voice any easier to bear ...

This is the 23rd entry in the Ian Rutledge series and it’s a rare series that gets that far along and still produces satisfying mysteries to solve. The mother-son duo writing as Charles Todd manage to come up with unique twists to make each plot unique, even as the characters themselves don’t seem to change overmuch. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll enjoy this one. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, start with the first (A Test of Wills) for the full rewarding experience. ( )
  rosalita | Mar 9, 2021 |
What a good story! Story starts with a young boy fishing in the river and his hook catches onto something and finds it caught on a body. Ian has been sent to Scotland to aid the local police with a questionable death of the unidentified man found in the river. Did he fall, was it suicide or murder. With dogged detective work and crisscrossing the country looking for a missing child and interviewing acquaintances with all of them keeping secrets he manages to unravel what happened to the dead man. ( )
  Kathy89 | Feb 26, 2021 |
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