Disclosure: I received a book to review, all opinions are my own.
By Charles Todd
This is a historical mystery novel set in England right after World War I. Two people are murdered by a sniper, and Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge’s is asked to find the killer. There seems to be no connection between the victims, and all the clues indicate the killer was likely a soldier from the war. This is an exciting novel with a surprising plot and lots of twists and turns.
Rutledge himself is a shell-shocked war veteran, and the theme of how badly the war damaged most people that it touched. Rutledge has quite a bit of sympathy for the suspects in this case, because he understands their pain.
This book is part of an ongoing series featuring Inspector Rutledge, and it is one of my favorites in the series. It spends more time on the current mystery and less time delving into Rutledge’s past and his experiences in the war. For me that made it more interesting, because I like mysteries that keep me guessing until the end.
The setting in the Fens and marshland of rural England also added quite a bit to the the book. There is fog and mist among the tiny villages and it all contributes to an atmosphere of foreboding and mystery. All in all this is well written mystery story with an exciting plot and it is a great addition to the series. I think it also stands alone very well even if you haven’t read any of the other books in series.