A Divided Loyalty

A Divided Loyalty

Large Print - 2020
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"Todd's astute character studies . . . offer a fascinating cross section of postwar life. . . . A satisfying puzzle-mystery." -- The New York Times Book Review

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

A woman has been murdered at the foot of a megalith shaped like a great shrouded figure. Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, one of the Yard's best men, is sent to investigate the site in Avebury, a village set inside a prehistoric stone circle not far from Stonehenge. In spite of his efforts, Leslie is not able to identify her, much less discover how she got to Avebury--or why she died there. Her killer has simply left no trace.

Several weeks later, when Ian Rutledge has returned from successfully concluding a similar case with an unidentified victim, he is asked to take a second look at Leslie's inquiry. But Rutledge suspects Chief Superintendent Markham simply wants him to fail.

Leslie was right--Avebury refuses to yield its secrets. But Rutledge slowly widens his search, until he discovers an unexplained clue that seems to point toward an impossible solution. If he pursues it and he is wrong, he will draw the wrath of the Yard down on his head. But even if he is right, he can't be certain what he can prove, and that will play right into Markham's game. The easy answer is to let the first verdict stand: Person or persons unknown. But what about the victim? What does Rutledge owe this tragic young woman? Where must his loyalty lie?

Publisher: New York : Harper Large Print, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062978745
Characteristics: 503 pages ;,23 cm.

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AnnSkye
Mar 28, 2020

This was my first Charles Todd novel. It was an OK read but a bit slow.

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brit4321
Mar 07, 2020

I've read all the Rutledge books and look forward to them. This one, I felt, dragged on a bit and the solution, although predictable, felt weak and rushed. I finished the book feeling somewhat frustrated with the authors.

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maipenrai
Oct 04, 2019

It is always a pleasure to read an Inspector Rutledge mystery. The setting for the murders plays a very important role in the atmosphere of the book. Everyone is aware of Stonehenge, but I was not aware of the Avebury Neolithic henge monument. It containing three stone circles, around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, in southwest England. One of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain, it contains the largest megalithic stone circle in the world. I never really thought about the word henge - just associated it as specific to Stonehenge. Actually the word henge refers to a particular type of earthwork of the Neolithic period, typically consisting of a roughly circular or oval-shaped bank with an internal ditch. Who knew? Not I. I always recommend the Ian Rutledge series and have bonded with the detective and his shell shock "companion" Hamish. As always, I highly advise starting with the first book in the series, "A Test of Wills" Kristi & Abby Tabby

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