A Divided Loyalty (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #22)

A Divided Loyalty (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #22)

by Charles Todd

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Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is assigned one of the most baffling investigations of his career—a cold murder case with an unidentified victim and a cold trail with few clues to follow.

Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, a respected colleague of Ian Rutledge’s, is sent to Avebury, a village set inside a great prehistoric stone circle not far from Stonehenge. 

A young woman has been murdered next to a mysterious, hooded, figure-like stone, but no one recognizes her—or admits to it.  And how did she get there? Despite a thorough investigation, it appears that her killer has simply vanished.

Rutledge, returning from the conclusion of a case involving another apparently unknown woman, is asked to take a second look at Leslie’s inquiry, to see if he can identify this victim. But Rutledge is convinced Chief Superintendent Jameson only hopes to tarnish his earlier success once he also fails.

Where to begin? He too finds very little to go on in Avebury, slowly widening his search beyond the village—only to discover that unlikely—possibly even unreliable—clues are pointing him toward an impossible solution, one that will draw the wrath of the Yard down on him, and very likely see him dismissed if he pursues it. But what about the victim—what does he owe this tragic woman? Where must his loyalty lie?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062905550
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Series , #22
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 375
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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.

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A Divided Loyalty (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #22) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sandra Thomasson 12 days ago
Followers of Ian Rutledge and his attempts to deal with the aftermath of WWI will not be disappointed with this latest addition to his story. The setting, the local inhabitants, and even the weather all contribute to an atmosphere of mystery. If you are not acquainted with Ian's back story, you may want to start with the first book of this long series. Chances are that you will be hooked!
PatD 2 days ago
This is such a convoluted case. Unraveling it is an extraordinary accomplishment. Yet Ian Rutledge will suffer the consequences of his success. A Divided Loyalty doesn't let you forget how the Great War continues to throw a shadow on the survivors' lives.
Mary Ann McNeil 2 days ago
i think I've read most of the Ian Rutledge mysteries. This has got to be one of the best. Especially the last plot twist. I called in sick to finish it.
Mary E O'dooley 2 days ago
So impressed with this series of books, like all the others its hard to put down. It was a great read, but you have to read the series from the beginning to fully connect with Rutledge, the main character. Looking forward to the next!
Barbara G. Ramsey 12 days ago
I found it difficult to put this latest Ian Rutledge novel down. Looking forward to the next book. I recommend that you read the series in order to fully understand what's going on the lives of those who are a part of this intriguing series!!
Pompie1999 16 days ago
Betrayal, shock, dismay, regret, and sadness are all felt by Ian Rutledge as he solves his latest case. As always, the story is well-written and excellently plotted with twists and turns throughout. While this is the twenty-second book in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone – but since it is a great series, I’m sure you’ll want to run right out and get some of the earlier books. Ian is one of those characters that you really come to like and wish the best for him – all the while knowing how he suffers from the war. Not all wounds can be seen on the outside. It is February of 1921 and Ian Rutledge, along with most of England, is still trying to put the war behind him. Although the war ended in November of 1918, Ian is still suffering greatly from shell shock. Balancing his duties as a Scotland Yard inspector and managing his symptoms is definitely not for the faint of heart. After his last big case, The Black Ascot, he is still in disfavor with his superiors and he knows he has to walk on eggshells for a while. After all, the Chief Superintendent still has his letter of resignation in his desk drawer and has let Ian know that he’ll pull it out and accept it at the slightest misstep. After wrapping up a case in Shropshire, Ian was called into Chief Superintendent Markham’s office. Ian’s new assignment was to take a second look at a case that Chief Inspector Brian Leslie hadn’t been able to solve. Leslie was an excellent investigator as well as a friend and colleague, so Ian was sure that nothing had been missed in the investigation and was a little resentful to have been given the assignment. However, it was his assignment now so he’d best be off to Avebury. Avebury is a bit of an eerie place as it is built in the center of an ancient stone circle. The body of the murdered woman was found at the foot of one of those stones. Ian retraces the steps taken by Leslie and discovers he is finding the same things as Leslie did. However, Ian is like a dog with a bone – he just doesn’t turn loose. As he stretches his imagination to picture how the murder could occur, how the murderer got the victim to where she was murdered without being seen and a myriad of other things – the clues just don’t add up. He slowly begins to suspect the unthinkable – yet there is no way to prove any of it. Ian is drawn to the lovely young woman who was murdered. It pains him, and the rest of Avebury, to know that this young woman doesn’t even have a name on her gravestone because they can’t identify her. Ian is determined to identify her, to learn her story and to find justice for her. In this taut, gripping tale you’ll cry for this young woman and root for Ian to identify her and bring her murderer to justice. Then, just when you think you have it all figured out, the author plagues you with doubt. You can’t be sure of what happened until the very end. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Reader4102 16 days ago
Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, a colleague of Ian Rutledge, is sent to Avebury, a village built inside a prehistoric stone circle much larger than Stonehenge. He is to investigate the murder of an unknown woman. The coroner’s inquest concludes that the still unidentified woman was murdered by person or persons unknown. Rutledge is uncomfortable when some time later, he is ordered to Avebury to work his magic of finding the murderer of unidentifiable women. He knows that his boss is setting him up to fail but can’t decline to go. He knows the trail of the killer has gone cold, the body is unavailable, and any evidence Leslie might have missed is no longer available to be found. He is intrigued, however, when the local doctor tells him that photographs were taken of the woman, but they hadn’t made their way into the official file on this icy cold case. This book is so well written, it grips the reader from the first page to the last. There are enough twists and turns to keep any mystery lover reading into the wee hours of the morning. The characters are well-drawn, so much so, the new reader will come to like and admire Rutledge quickly while those who are familiar with him will feel the comfort of knowing Rutledge like an old, familiar friend. While this is the twenty-second entry in the Ian Rutledge series, the first-time reader of the series need not worry about not being able to understand the characters at all. Todd has done an admirable job of giving the reader just enough back story to bring them current without boring the reader who has read the first twenty-one books to tears. This outing is one of the best in recent years and should be read slowly to savor the joy of reading one of the best historical mystery writers writing today. This book should be at, or very near, the top of your to-be-read list. My thanks to Morrow and Edelweiss for an eARC.