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A Test of Wills
A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | Charles Todd
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Dont miss the first book in the critically acclaimed Inspector Ian Rutledge series Its 1919, and the War to End All Wars has been won. But there is no peace for Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge, recently returned from the battlefields of France shell-shocked and tormented by the ever-present voice of the young Scot he had executed for refusing an order. Escaping into his work to save his sanity, Rutledge investigates the murder of a popular colonel in Warwickshire and his alleged killer, a decorated war hero and close friend of the Prince of Wales. The case is a political minefield, and its resolution could mean the end of Rutledges career. Win or lose, the cost may be more than the damaged investigator can bear. For the one witness who can break the case open is, like Rutledge, a war-ravaged victim . . . and his grim, shattered fate could well prove to be the haunted investigators own.
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robinb
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I FINALLY got to this series after having it on my TBR for years, and I did enjoy it and look forward to more.

While I didn‘t connect to Ian Rutledge as well as I do to Bess Crawford (in another of Todd‘s series), and I found his “conscience” a bit unnerving/odd, I did find his tortured soul intriguing and the plot twisty and engaging. Involves a gruesome murder, an array of local suspects and a surprise whodunit. 4/5⭐️

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TheAromaofBooks I LOVE Bess Crawford, so I have also been meaning to start this series. One of these days!!! 3mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks I‘m a big fan of hers as well! I liked this one, and I plan to read more, but I think she‘ll always be #1 for me. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks I just really need her and Simon to finally get their act together! 😂 3mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks I know!! Come on already…I‘m not getting any younger here! 🤣🙄 3mo
TheAromaofBooks And neither is poor Simon!!! 😂 3mo
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Susanita
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Finished last night just in time for the end of #AwesomeApril and just in time for book club tonight. The MC has an interesting back story of PTSD from WWI and is also a competent investigator. This story rambled a little and circled in on itself and then wrapped up a little abruptly. The setting was an English town, and the side characters were relatable. The narrator was oh so British and also did a good job with the accents. More⬇️

Susanita I only finished two books for the readathon, but I‘m satisfied with that. While I did enjoy the book, and I think we‘ll have lots to discuss, the intra-office rivalry trope is one I find very annoying. I‘ll enjoy this as a one and done. 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏🙌 2y
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Suelizbeth
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I read this in one day. It is set in England, but feels like it could easily have taken place anywhere. The timeframe is unusual, in that it takes place right at the end of WWI. The war does play a vital part in the book. I did not guess the ending, but it felt a little rushed. Overall, this was an extremely enjoyable mystery. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DGRachel
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I‘m a little behind in posting this, but that‘s the story of my life right now. 🤷🏻‍♀️ This is my #bookhaul from the local used bookstore last week. The Todd is more beat up than I prefer, but I really want to start this series. I know nothing about Strange Gods, but I trust Minotaur Books. The Rice is a reading copy, since I have a signed hardcover I don‘t want to damage. Plus, I received a lovely card from Misty. 🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘💗😘 3y
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Sarah9
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Pickpick

Just finished and really enjoyed this read. Will be picking up the next one in this series.

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Sarah9
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Currently reading. Love getting new recommendations.

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ScientistSam
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Mehso-so

I had really high expectations for this series because I love Todd's other series, with Bess Crawford. Unfortunately, I really didn't connect with this one. It's written in third instead of first person, which may have contributed to the distance I felt from the protaganist.

I'll probably read one more just to see if I like it more.

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Tomigirl44
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I finished it! That‘s probably the best thing I can say about this book right now. It meandered and lamented the same material over and over and over 😴 I predicted who the killer was, although the reason seemed convoluted and forced for shock value. I‘m glad it‘s out of the way (book club book) but I‘m afraid I‘m going to be vocal in a not very nice way in the discussion. Ok - I can go to bed now 😴 #24in48

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Tomigirl44
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Love and fear. #24in48

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#24in48 slowly making progress

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Protagonist reflecting on his experience of serving in WW1 and how to live in the aftermath. #24in48

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Tomigirl44
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#openinglines #24in48 the opening line of the book I‘m currently reading

jillrhudy Sounds perfect. 😂 my tastes are twisted. 4y
Tomigirl44 @jillrhudy So far, so good - it‘s a book club selection that I didn‘t choose, but it‘s okay. It‘s set just following WW1 outside London - I‘ll be posting more as I progress. 4y
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Tomigirl44
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What I‘m starting with for #24in48 - hoping to get my e-library books 📚 read that are due soon.

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Tomigirl44
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A few pages in, set in England shortly following WW1 - a different kind of historical novel than I‘ve experienced before. A book club I‘m in chose this for an upcoming selection.

PickwickPlockPlock I deleted my first comment because it might have been spoilery, even if it was rather vague. I enjoyed the book and the setting, but I'm not much of a mystery reader anymore. 4y
Tomigirl44 @PickwickPlockPlock that intrigues me - I didn‘t see your first post - I‘m glad to hear you enjoyed the book. I didn‘t select this one. It seems like I‘ve been reading a lot of mystery/thrillers lately - I‘m ready for something different after this library book (I hope - I wonder what will show up next from my hold list). 4y
PickwickPlockPlock @Tomigirl44 I hope you will enjoy the book. After you have read it I might write more without fearing spoilers 😊 4y
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Librarybelle
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Charles Todd himself is a #familyaffair - mother and son writing team. Tagged book is the first in the Inspector Rutledge series. My mystery group loved it so much that we‘re reading a book a year in the series, much like we do with Louise Penny. #FierceFeb

batsy Oh, nice! That's cool, I don't know of any mother-son writing teams :) 5y
Cinfhen Fun idea 5y
Librarybelle @batsy @Cinfhen I think it‘s unique! I know a few mother-daughter writing teams, but not really any other mother-son teams. 5y
Clare-Dragonfly @batsy Anne McCaffrey's son wrote some Pern books, but I don't know if they actually wrote together. Pretty cool! 5y
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annalibris
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I needed an historical novel for my summer reading, so picked this one up at the recommendation of my mother. As usual, she was right, and I'll be digging into the rest of the series soon. Complex main character, excellent storytelling, and a solution to the mystery that I really didn't see coming. I love finding new authors!

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Librarybelle
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Why have I not read any Charles Todd books before? I loved the writing style, and Todd (the mother and son team) has created a flawed but interesting character in Ian Rutledge. I was surprised at the ending and look forward to reading more in this series.

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Librarybelle
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It's snowing like crazy outside. Think I will stay wrapped up in a blanket and read just a little bit longer...

Reviewsbylola We've just got a teeny bit of snow here but it's cold as hell! 6y
Librarybelle @Reviewsbylola It has to be close to a foot of snow here. And the wind is picking up! 6y
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Karenlovesbooks
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Finally got around to reading this. I wish I hadn't waited so long. It was a really good mystery that had me guessing until the very end. Inspector Ian Rutledge is also an interesting character, so I'll definitely be reading more in this series!
This one has been on my Nook for ages, so it's an obvious choice for #LRC21 #TBRnomore for the #LitsyReadingChallenge!

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books_cats_art
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I love starting a new series! So many new places and people to explore.

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sprainedbrain
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This one wrapped up today on B&N Readouts (it's still available to read for free until the end of the month, if you're interested).

I like historical fiction and I like mysteries, so I was maybe destined to like this book. The main character, Inspector Rutledge, is a fascinating character, and I really had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. I see that this is a very loooong series, but I do plan to continue!

melbeautyandbooks Great review! This is on my TBR. Glad to know you liked it. 6y
Tanner I've been reading the series - they are dark, but I quite like that. Enjoy! 6y
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sprainedbrain
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Four chapters in and I am really enjoying this mystery. 👍

Free this month on Barnes & Noble Readouts (on Nook if you have one, or the Nook app on your phone if you're a Kindle enthusiast like me).

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Good mystery but mostly I just want to know what happens to Ian. He is a troubled soul who deserves happiness.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Hanging out with Ian and drinking Laphroaig.

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BookShark
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This is the start of a series about Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard set immediately post WWI. He copes with his first investigation back on the job & his own "shell shock" (ptsd) that threatens to derail his career & life. A tricky mystery that fooled me for sure. I'm rooting for the detective as he battles his malicious boss & damaged psyche going forward. The historical element of time & place was transporting.

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Jlokdhorses
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Mehso-so

This was the first in the series, so the imperfections are a tad more glaring. A lot of the female characters were poorly written and blended into one another. The protagonist was interesting though! And I love post WW1 settings.

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Jlokdhorses
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A little pre gym reading and breakfast.