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A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Kindle Edition
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On a fine summer's day in June 1914, Ian Rutledge is planning to propose to a woman he deeply loves, despite hints from his family and friends that she may not be the most suitable choice for a policeman's wife. To the north, another man in love--a Scottish Highlander named Hamish MacLeod--asks his own sweetheart to marry him.
Back in England, a son grieves for his mother, dredging up a dark injustice that will trigger a series of murders that Rutledge must solve. The victims are all upstanding and well-liked. The local police have their suspicions about the culprits and are less than cooperative with the London detective.
As clouds of war gather on the horizon, Rutledge digs deeper, finding similarities and patterns between the murders. With every moment at stake, he sets out to right a terrible wrong--an odyssey that will eventually force him to choose between the Yard and his country, between love and duty, and between honor and truth.--BookPage on A FINE SUMMER'S DAY --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00JTYLZI4
- Publisher : William Morrow; Reprint edition (6 January 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1021 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 371 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 355,738 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Charles Todd (mother and son writing team of Charles and Caroline Todd) pulls the reader into a storyline of revenge, betrayal, family and heartbreak. Just prior to the outbreak of World War I, a grieving son will uncover a collection of newspaper clippings and information that will lead Inspector Ian Rutledge on the trail of a serial killer determined to avenge the death of both his mother and father. A twenty five year old murder lead to the hanging of a man whose family has never recovered from the grief and guilt, and it is the resulting hanging that will be the fuel that fires an act of revenge against everyone involved.
A FINE SUMMER’S DAY looks at one man’s overwhelming grief; his inability to forgive; and a perceived act of betrayal against his mother and his younger self. As the storyline unfolds, the reader is front and center as Inspector Ian Rutledge uncovers the clues, key witnesses and potential victims in a crime spree that has all but been ignored by Scotland Yard. As War encroaches upon Europe, Ian Rutledge’s investigation takes on a more urgent note. With only one witness remaining, Ian’s own family will be targeted by a vengeful son looking for vindication and retribution.
There is a secondary, more personal storyline, that runs throughout A FINE SUMMER’S DAY-that of Ian’s relationship and impending nuptials with Miss Jean Gordon; his devotion to his sister Francis; his friendship with Melinda Crawford; and his complicated relationship with Chief Inspector Bowles. These relationships show a kinder, softer side to a man who is witness to so many murders and deaths but also reveal a vulnerability and possible chink in the armor of Inspector Rutledge.
A FINE SUMMER’S DAY is an intriguing and sensational mystery/suspense tale that is wrapped up a little too neatly considering the number of murders and horrendous acts of destruction. The guilty party is revealed to the reader very early in the storyline but builds up the suspense as Ian Rutledge must discover the connection between a twenty five year old murder and a recent series of suicides and unexplained deaths.
"Context" in a book's plot is almost as important as "characters" to the reader. Many authors set their stories in a rather time-less setting which makes grabbing on to a plot difficult. "A Fine Summer's Day", beginning in June, 1914, brings Rutledge and his family and friends into a war-footing as the events in far-away Sarajevo, Berlin, Vienna, and at home in London come together in terrifying form as millions of young men prepare to march off to glorious battle. (And, of course, they'll ALL be "home by Christmas, 1914"...).
Our old friend Ian Rutledge is a bit at sixes-and-sevens that beautiful summer of 1914. He's just become engaged to the spoiled daughter of an Army officer, who the reader knows from previous books jilts him during his time in the Army. (One of the nice things about writing a review of a prequel is that there are very few "spoilers"!) He's risen to the rank of Inspector at Scotland Yard and runs around in very cool car. But, he's also just tragically lost his parents in a ferry accident and lives with his younger sister. He doesn't get along with his immediate superior at the Yard and there is the uncertainty of war as the "cooler heads" of diplomats and rulers do all the wrong things after the assassination in Sarajevo in June and war is declared in August.
Scotland Yard is asked to assist in a murder investigation of a man found hung in his house. The man has lived a blameless life and local authorities cannot understand why he would either be murdered or commit suicide. Several other men around southern England are also found dead with a glass of milk containing laudanum near their bodies. Suddenly Rutledge's investigation of one murder spirals into investigations of other suspected murders. He motors around southern England - the authors have helpfully included a map of England in the front of the book - and gets an "idea" about the murders that is not found acceptable in Scotland Yard. Between times on the road, Rutledge is also in London, attempting to placate his spoiled fiance, Jean Gordon.
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The surprise ending is the icing on this delicious cake.