A Fearsome Doubt

A Fearsome Doubt Bestselling author Charles Todd has earned a special place among mystery s elite writers with his acclaimed series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge a former soldier seeking to lay to re

  • Title: A Fearsome Doubt
  • Author: Charles Todd
  • ISBN: 9780553801804
  • Page: 324
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bestselling author Charles Todd has earned a special place among mystery s elite writers with his acclaimed series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a former soldier seeking to lay to rest the demons of his past in the aftermath of World War I But that past bleeds into the present in a complex murder case that calls into question his own honord the crimBestselling author Charles Todd has earned a special place among mystery s elite writers with his acclaimed series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a former soldier seeking to lay to rest the demons of his past in the aftermath of World War I But that past bleeds into the present in a complex murder case that calls into question his own honord the crimes committed in the name of God, country, and righteous vengeance.A Fearsome DoubtIn 1912 Ian Rutledge watched as a man was condemned to hang for the murders of elderly women Rutledge helped gather the evidence that sent Ben Shaw to the gallows And when justice was done, Rutledge closed the door on the case But Shaw was not easily forgotten.Now, seven years later, that grim trial returns in the form of Ben Shaw s widow Nell, bringing Rutledge evidence she is convinced will prove her husband s innocence It s a belief fraught with peril, threatening both Rutledge s professional stature and his faith in his judgment But there is a darker reason for Rutledge s reluctance Murder brings him back to Kent where, days earlier, he d glimpsed an all too familiar face beyond the leaping flames of a bonfire Soon an unexpected encounter revives the end of his own war, as the country prepares for a somber commemoration on the anniversary of the Armistice To battle the unsettled past and the haunted present at the same time is an appalling mandate And the people around him among them the attractive widow of a friend, a remarkable woman who survived the Great Indian Mutiny a bitter, dying barrister and a man whose name he never knew unwittingly compete with the grieving Nell Shaw They ll demand than Rutledge can give, unaware that he is already carrying the burden of shell shock and the voice of Hamish MacLeod, the soldier he was forced to execute in the war The killer in Marling is surprisingly adept at escaping detection And Ben Shaw s past is a tangle of unsettling secrets that may or may not be true Rutledge must walk a tortuous line between two murderers reaching out to ruin him, the other driven to destroy him.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I can't read this series anymore. The mystery solutions seem totally disconnected from the well-drawn characters and fabulous writing style. I just get so infuriated with the magic endings it's not worth it.

    2. Number 6 in the Inspector Rutledge mystery series, and it's just as enjoyable as the previous five. Well written, atmospheric (post-WWI period), and hard to solve before the pieces all fall together in the end.

    3. A FEARSOME DOUBT – VGTodd, Charles – 6th of SeriesRutledge is taken aback when a persistent Nell Shaw brings him new evidence that could clear her late husband's name. Had Rutledge and his fellow policemen inadvertently sent an innocent man to his death six years earlier? Reconsidering the pre-World War I case serves to distract the inspector from his current assignment: determining who is killing maimed ex-soldiers in the peaceful countryside in Kent. Rutledge is sidetracked as well by his [...]

    4. Penned by a son-mother team, Charles Todd, I was told, wrote cozy mysteries. Well, Inspector Rutledge of Scotland Yard does sip a lot of tea in London and rural England. But this literate, somewhat melancholy crime fiction is grittier than I expected it to be. The ghost of Hamish, Rutledge's dead soldier-friend from the World War One trenches, breaks into Rutledge's thoughts, dispensing advice and philosophical asides. Sometimes this literary device works, sometimes it's a little annoying. The p [...]

    5. This one was kind of nerve-wracking, but in a "can't put this book down" way. I enjoyed the complications, the character of Inspector Rutledge trying to come to terms with his past, with the war, with the possibility of love, the frustration, doubts about an old case, Guy Fawkes Day bonfires and of course, Hamish. The conclusion is dramatic and struck me with its emotional intensity. Another well-done mystery in the series, I recommend it.

    6. The weakest in the Rutledge series so far, Fearsome Doubt's big problem is that the A mystery makes little sense and the B mystery is really boring. The writing is strong as always, but there are too many coincidences and too many irritating characters (I actually groaned in one scene when Nell Shaw appeared) in this one.

    7. Okay, if the plots don't get better, I'm giving up on these. Good setting and characters do not make up for plots which don't tie together and get resolved out of nowhere in about the last ten pages of the book.

    8. This is my favorite in the series so far. I loved all the different story lines and how they were woven together. I like how we are seeing more of Ian in his personal relationships and learning more about his past, and I love all the interesting characters.

    9. Charles Todd presents Inspector Ian Rutledge in his sixth outing. The novel presents Rutledge in an even more complex character, not only dealing with the after effects of combat in World War One, but with the possibility that prior to the Great War, he may have sent an innocent man to the gallows.Ben Shaw was a likable man. He performed acts of kindness to elderly women, performing tasks around their homes that needed doing. He refused to take payment. The problem is that the women whom he help [...]

    10. This was an interesting read, especially in light of the fact that I was reading it during the week that commemorates the nuclear annihilation of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Although the book was written about ten years ago, it deals with a British police inspector, Ian Rutledge, who had served in WWI and who came back rather shell-shocked. So there are lots of comments about the experience of war and the essentially senseless slaughter that comprised most of WWI. The library tells me that this [...]

    11. I've enjoyed the first five of this series (I'm reading them in order). Determined to figure this one out before Todd reveals the murderer(s?), I took copious notes as to who is who and when and what, etc with diagrams of interconnecting relationships, etc. This book has about 275 pages of red herrings on top of red herrings and actually lots of fascinating mysteries/questions are opened. I thought I had solved it this time, but alas I was wrong again! That's fine, I've read a lot of Agatha Chri [...]

    12. I have become more and more enamoured of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge. His alter ego formed by guilt and shell shock is his soundboard for mulling over the mysteries he's sent to solve by Scotland Yard. I'm glad that the author only explains, for the most part, that Hamish berates him and tries to wear him down with his reminders that Rutledge felt forced to kill him during WWI. I continue to say that I think his methods are sometimes brutal and more of an attempt to assure himself he still has w [...]

    13. If I spend the hours to read a mystery I expect a conclusion that is plausible, this one isn't. there is no way anyone would expect this ending and such an unbelievable ending. I had come to a conclusion on the side story of Mrs. Shaw which was as the author intended, but the primary plot, while well developed and created some very well developed characters, ended very poorly. it's as though the author realized at the end there was no possible explanation and just picked a character out of the b [...]

    14. Inspector Rutledge is sent from London to Kent to solve the murders of 3 wounded veterans of the Great War. Before leaving, he is confronted with the possibility that a man who had been convicted and hanged on Rutledge's evidence may have been innocent after all. While dealing with his own ghosts from the war, he untangles the webs. A really good read!

    15. I enjoyed the plot of this story, but I was extremely disappointed by the way it ended. One of the characters basically disappeared and his part of the story was left unresolved. That pretty much ruined the book for me.

    16. I like this author and series. The books are interesting. It isn't good to read them back to back, though. Sometimes I have trouble keeping all of the characters in the mystery straight in my mind. But I like how the author makes the time period live. And I like the main character a lot.

    17. Not my favorite Ian Rutledge mystery by a long shot. Nell Shaw's screaming and all those exclamation points were extremely grating. The resolution to the mystery wasn't very satisfactory--I had an ending in my head that felt much more compelling!

    18. This is the weakest book in the series that I have read so far. I'm hoping the story-lines improve and the ending of the next one doesn't feel like it was a last minute thought. I'm also growing weary of Todd leaving loose/unresolved ends in the stories.

    19. Too much confusion with odd plot & Hamish again adding even more. Yikes, either get rid of him or send Rutledge to the looney bin for a cure.

    20. I’ve never read another author’s books that quite so authentically capture the ambiance of an era in time. While reading, I was literally transported into the story of Ian Rutledge, both the man and the inspector at Scotland Yard. In this sixth adventure, Rutledge is still haunted by Hamish MacLeod, the man Rutledge was forced to execute during the Great War and who now lives on in his shell-shocked mind. As much as Rutledge dreads his constant presence, their conversations with each other h [...]

    21. A Fearsome Doubt by Charles Todd is the 6th book of the Ian Rutledge mystery series set in 1919 England. Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is far from recovered from the remaining effects of his WWI shell-shock. He is plagued constantly by the ghost of Hamish, a soldier under his command on the front lines who refused to follow orders. Ian had to order him shot, which has tormented him ever since. Hamish typically rides in the back seat of Ian's car and mutters his opinions, but Ian also h [...]

    22. Having read all of Charles Todd's Bess Crawford mysteries, which I also highly recommend, I launched into his Ian Rutledge mysteries. With the occasional detour into lighter fiction, I have been knocking these off at about one every other day. They're compelling reads!It's hard to decide what I like best about Todd's writing: intriguing plots, compelling characters, complex interpersonal relationships, clever dialogue, vivid settings. They're all here.Ian Rutledge is a superb character. He is me [...]

    23. A weaker entry in the series. The main mystery wasn't resolved very well IMO. The author seems to end his books rather abruptly, leaving me with questions that I have to figure out or simply forget about. That seems to be his MO so I usually just move one. This reveal (of the killer) seemed to be more abrupt than usual and left way too many loose ends for me. There was also a secondary mystery that I found more interesting and was resolved more to my liking.Having mentioned the weaknesses of the [...]

    24. The strong character of Ian Rutledge is so well drawn; the mysteries (one post-war, the wounded soldiers, and one pre-war, the old women) were nicely entwined--though for one, I thought the resolution was a little rushed and stretched belief. Still, I really need to go back and read this series in order-- I have no idea how this series was not on on my radar sooner--but I'm glad I have so much to look forward to on my to-read list.

    25. Once again, I loved another Ian Rutledge story. This involved him being sent to Kent to solve some murders while being drawn into an old case he solved before the war. The widow of a man he was responsible for hanging has found new evidence and wants him to clear her husband's name. As Rutledge reviews this old case, he has to face the spectre of his pre-war self and how he's changed. He also finds some of his lost memories returning in a very painful manner. Oh, and he solves all the murders!

    26. This is the sixth installment in the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series and another solid read. A year has passed since the conclusion of World War I, but Ian is still dealing with ghosts from the war that haunt him. In this book, he is dealing with two crimes, one from the past and one from the present, that are perplexing him.

    27. I loved this one and for once suspected the murderer early on and was right! For an Ian Rutledge book that's great. I do get tired of the wham bam endings but now that I expect them they're not so jarring. I would like some darned closure on Fiona from I don't know how many books ago, though! I'm reading these in order.

    28. This was not one of my favorite Rutledge mysteries, but that could be due to some time away from the series. It was still a good read, though. As always, the mysteries keep me guessing and have enough red herrings and minute clues that I can come close to figuring out the case, but never get it completely before Rutledge does. Looking forward to tackling the next book in the series!

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