A Pale Horse

Version: Unabridged
Author: Charles Todd
Narrator: Simon Prebble
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America
Published In: August 2011
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 15 minutes
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Late on a spring night in 1920, five boys cross the Yorkshire dales to the ruins of Fountains Abbey, intent on raising the Devil. Instead, they stumble over the Devil himself, sitting there watching them. Terrified, they run for their lives, leaving behind a book on alchemy stolen from their schoolmaster. The next morning, a body is discovered in the cloisters of the abbey--a man swathed in a hooded cloak and wearing a gas mask. Scotland Yard dispatches Inspector Rutledge to find out who the man was and why he died in such mysterious circumstances. But the villagers clearly have something to hide. And what does the huge chalk sculpture of a pale horse of the Apocalypse have to do with the crime?

Reviews (1)

fascinating and unpredictable

Written by Angie Teal on December 8th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I like mysteries, especially english and swedish mysteries. This was my first Ian Rutledge story and I really enjoyed it. I found it interesting how inspector Rutledge solved the murders without fingerprints, DNA and all the forensic help that is available nowadays. Many people may find that book antiquated and dated but I really loved how how one man pulled it all together without any help from other law enforcement, officials or witnesses. I took away a star because there were some loose ends that were not wrapped up at the end of the book. Will listen to more Rutledge stories.

Author Details

Author Details

Todd, Charles

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.