Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge seeks a killer who has eluded Scotland Yard for years in this next installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.
An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible—but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior at Scotland Yard. Alan Barrington, who has evaded capture for ten years, is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horse race meet honoring the late King Edward VII. His disappearance began a manhunt that consumed Britain for a decade. Now it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving the Yard a last chance to retrieve its reputation and see justice done. Rutledge is put in charge of a quiet search under cover of a routine review of a cold case.
Meticulously retracing the original inquiry, Rutledge begins to know Alan Barrington well, delving into relationships and secrets that hadn’t surfaced in 1910. But is he too close to finding his man? His sanity is suddenly brought into question by a shocking turn of events. His sister Frances, Melinda Crawford, and Dr. Fleming stand by him, but there is no greater shame than shell shock. Questioning himself, he realizes that he cannot look back. The only way to save his career—much less his sanity—is to find Alan Barrington and bring him to justice. But is this elusive murderer still in England?
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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More than 1 year ago
I love the Ian Rutledge books and The Black Ascot was one of their best. I recommend it highly.
More than 1 year ago
The mother and son dual of Charles Todd write an intriguing mystery that provides hours of entertainment. The Black Ascot by Charles Todd contains many memorable characters and the beauty of England. Ian Rutledge receives a tip about an evasive murderer and begins a search for the man who fooled the Scotland Yard. The story deliciously follows Ian in his hunt for Alan Barrington, a man who has been accused of killing a young woman, Blanch Fletcher-Munro.
This book didn't disappoint! Like most of Charles Todd's books, The Black Ascot kept you guessing exactly who the culprit was among a large cast of probable suspects. Really enjoyed the detailed accounts of small villages and the feel of the 1919-1920 time period. The only negative was it seemed harder than in Todd's other books to follow some of the "shirt tail" relationships that were central to this plot.
More than 1 year ago
A fully fleshed out murder mystery, great characters, and a bit of growth for Rutledge! Keep the stories coming!
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