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Racing the Devil: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
By: Charles Todd
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(as of: 11/22/17)
Manufacturer: William Morrow
ISBN: 0062386212
Publication Date: 2017-02-14
Release Date 2017-02-14
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Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge finds himself caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to World War I in the nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling series.

On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the Front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead—and make it through the war—they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice.

In November 1919, the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion. In the mountains just north of their destination, two vehicles are nearly run off the road, and one man is badly injured. No one knows—or will admit to knowing—which driver was at the wheel of the rogue motorcar.

Back in England one year later, during a heavy rainstorm, a driver loses control on a twisting road and is killed in the crash. Was it an accident due to the hazardous conditions? Or premeditated murder? Is the crash connected in some way to the unfortunate events in the mountains above Nice the year before? The dead driver wasn’t in France—although the motorcar he drove was. If it was foul play, was it a case of mistaken identity? Or was the dead man the intended victim after all?

Investigating this perplexing case, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the truth is elusive—and that the villages on the South Downs, where the accident happened, are adept at keeping secrets, frustrating his search. Determined to remain in the shadows this faceless killer is willing to strike again to stop Rutledge from finding him. This time, the victim he chooses is a child, and it will take all of Rutledge’s skill to stop him before an innocent young life is sacrificed.



The mother and son team writing as Charles Todd have yet again crafted an impeccable mystery. They capture the post-World War I English village setting and characters perfectly - on a par with Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter mysteries.

Inspector Ian Rutledge continues to fight off his own WWI demons as he confronts those of some fellow soldiers. This mystery itself harkens back to the Great War: Seven officers met for the first time on the eve of the Battle of the Somme and agreed to gather in Paris a year after the war ends . . . if they all survive. Miraculously, they do, and they all meet in Paris as arranged. But on the subsequent "race" to Nice, one is run off the road. How does this connect to an apparent murder of the local rector a year later, though? There is thread after thread of this mystery - a complex tapestry that Rutledge must slowly unravel while maintaining the trust of the locals and clinging to what's left of his sanity.

This is a very British mystery, and the reader must remain patient and hold potential clues in his or her head, working along with Rutledge to make sense of the whole. Readers who are used to more straightforward American mysteries may find this type aggravating, but fans of Sayers or Christie - or delighted viewers of such British TV mysteries as Inspector Lewis or Midsomer Murders - will find the Rutledge mysteries pleasantly convoluted and well-worth the time. Highly recommended!

 
By: Amy Sikes, ReaderToReader.com


 
     
 
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