Another great detective story with the tragic Ian Rutledge, who is brilliant and kind, but so unhappy. Between his professional life and love life you wonder how he can keep going on. Ian has to solve a difficult series of murder and does so with his usual insight, tact and sharp mind. He is also very kind (no spoilers given). The story line and solving of the murders is wonderful and enthralling. But I had to take away a star because the series is just getting too dark. I realize the author wants him to be a tragic hero, but please give him a break. Somebody needs to reign in his vile superintendent Boyles and fellow inspector Mickelson. A terminal disease would come in very handy.
Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.