- Title: A Pale Horse
- Author: Charles Todd
- ISBN: 9780061233562
- Page: 385
- Format: Hardcover
In the ruins of Yorkshire s Fountains Abbey lies the body of a man wrapped in a cloak, the face covered by a gas mask Next to him is a book on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector in the Great War Who is this man, and is the investigation into his death being manipulated by a thirst for revenge Meanwhile, the British War Office is searchinIn the ruins of Yorkshire s Fountains Abbey lies the body of a man wrapped in a cloak, the face covered by a gas mask Next to him is a book on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector in the Great War Who is this man, and is the investigation into his death being manipulated by a thirst for revenge Meanwhile, the British War Office is searching for a missing man of their own, someone whose war work was so secret that even Rutledge isn t told his real name or what he did.The search takes Rutledge to Berkshire, where cottages once built to house lepers stand in the shadow of a great white horse cut into the chalk hillside The current inhabitants of the cottages are outcasts, too, hiding from their own pasts Who among them is telling the truth about their neighbors and who is twisting it Here is a puzzle requiring all of Rutledge s daring and skill, for there are layers of lies and deception, while a ruthless killer is determined to hold on to freedom at any cost And the pale horse looming overhead serves as a reminder that death is never finished with anyone, least of all the men who fought in the trenches of France.
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Not a review so much as a commentary, a quiet rant, some observations, a few complaints, and perhaps (to paraphrase Socrates) to "gently blame" the Todds for all of the following:Let me say first and again (and I blame the Todds for this, too) I LOVE this series! But I have observed and must say---Why are all the villagers, townsfolk, suspects, witnesses, and even victims invariably hostile, unfriendly, secretive, stubborn,manipulative, obfuscating, resentful and uncooperative to the extreme whe [...]
Title: A Pale Horse (Inspector Ian Rutledge #10)Author: Charles ToddPages: 360Year: 2008Publisher: William MorrowInspector Ian Rutledge barely has time to breathe between cases that his superior sends him out to solve. Secretly, his boss hates Ian and is hoping he fails; then, he’ll have proof to have him removed from the force. However, Ian isn’t cooperating and keeps coming up stellar with his sleuthing abilities.This current case takes Ian back to a place he visited as a young boy with hi [...]
Charle's Todd's Inspector Ian Rutledge carries a heavy burden: on one shoulder he carries the guilt that he feels for the death of the soldiers under him during World War I; on the other shoulder, he carries the burden of continuing to face death and its aftermath as a detective with Scotland Yard. In this latest novel, it is 1920 and Rutledge is sent to Berkshire, in the shadow of its 'Pale Horse' created in the side of a mount, to find a man for the military. The object of his watch has disapp [...]
A classic, traditional Golden Age suspense novel from a veteran pair of savvy crime writers. The mother/son writing team persist in producing historical crime novels of excellence, taste and balance. That the stories are thoughtfully constructed with many seemingly disparate parts coming together in nicely meshed, logical progressions is a distinct advantage for the reader. The tall incisively intelligent Scotland Yard Inspector, Ian Rutledge, is back again in another puzzler. This time his inve [...]
Recommended. Have read/listened to several in series. Lead is a troubled soul but a pitbull detective, makes for an interesting read or listen - your choice. No gore, graphics some language. Audio done well, as usual, by Simon Prebble. ©2008
"I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him." Apocalypse.Charles Todd continues exploring the hideous ramifications of war in this tenth Ian Rutledge mystery. Four years after the end of WWI, Rutledge still suffers symptoms of PTSD, which are debilitating even though he manages his flashbacks quite well. The most prominent among his symptoms is the voice of Hamish, a soldier whom Rutledge unwillingly ordered executed for r [...]
the fact that it's not five stars is more my fault than the novel's - I got distracted 3/4 of the way through and almost lost interest -but that is solely because I got all ADD and everything. It's a marvelously-written book, just like the other Rutledges. I love how it's not always about what you think it's about.
Charles Todd returns to top form with "A Pale Horse." Inspector Rutledge is on special assignment for the War Department. One of their men is missing. Rutledge travels to Berkshire, a small village over which an ancient chalk horse looms, carved into the hillside. At its base stand a circle of seven cottages built years ago by a philanthropist as a retreat for lepers. The cottage occupants are all lepers of a sort. They each have their secrets that have led them to live in isolation. One is the [...]
I found this installment of the Inspector Rutledge series entertaining enough. But it did bog down. I think the cause was the set-up in the small community of cottages, in which any of a number of residents could have been the killer. This device, while making it easy to tease the reader, left no distinctive or compelling leads to consider. The novel was also complicated by an early false-lead and a later false lead, both of which presented somewhat stunted characters. In the case of the first, [...]
Part mystery, part literary fiction about a man back from the gassed trenches of the Great World War (WWI to Americans), this book was excellent. I understand it is one in a series about Ian Rutledge, and this book drew me into his world and mind so well that I want to read the entire series. Will he get over his past with Hamish, his dead friend?Read this book for an example of how to intersperse research and setting between self-reflection, dialogue, and plot. We know where we are and what we' [...]
Maybe I've just read too much of this series in too short of a time, but this one bored me. It also confused me, but that's probably because my boredom was making me read a little too fast. I couldn't keep track of the nine inhabitants of nine different houses, and I didn't really care. I thought the man dying of TB was a young man until well after he finally died, and when the killer was revealed, I had no clear sense of who that person was, much less why they were killing people. I think I ten [...]
I like this series about a Scotland Yard inspector who suffers from shell shock after WWI. It's got a fair amount of cheese factor to it, but I'm a sucker for practically any British mystery if the atmosphere is right and Todd really does a great job with that. The last book,A False Mirrorannoyed me so much (cheesy ending) that I wasn't sure I wanted to pick this one up, but the plot on this one was more engaging and satisfying. I wouldn't say the mysteries in this book are fantastic (on the bac [...]
A Pale Horse written in 2008 again finds Ian Rutledge pulled between different cases, but he keeps his eye on his case, where a man is found dead in an abbey and one constable is quick to arrest, inspired by an old grudge. Ian is called to sort out this case by watching for a man, who has disappeared and is the dead man in the abbey. Again he is an outsider, but surrounded by a cast of characters, and you wonder who to trust. We see that angry and disappointment can lead to very bad judgment, as [...]
A very enjoyable book. My first Charles Todd novel was one of his new series, Nurse Bess, and I thought it was a short story, labored into a novel. I was surprised when 2 friends told me how good his Ian Rutledge series was and when one of the novels appeared as a gift from a friend, I started it with some reservations . . . but this was excellent. My favorite setting for mysteries (rural England), history woven in (both WWI history and ancient, from the white chalk horse of the Berkshires), ver [...]
I was really disappointed by this book. The previous books in the series have been addictive, but this one seems almost like it was written by someone else. The narrative was different and too many people were out to ruin Rutledge's career. Excessive war department secrets and conspiracies. Too much back and forth that really had no point (going from town to town). Also, too much coincidence and a way convoluted murder plan. Then to top it off, they either changed, or typed the wrong name for a [...]
A Pale Horse, like all the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, is well crafted, beautifully written, and full of the subtleties of human nature. But Rutledge himself is the lynchpin that holds the stories together. From the very first book in the series, the notion of a shell-shocked policeman back from the fields of France and trying to hold his own among his walking nightmares has fascinated me. The darkness of his past is finely balanced by the inspector's integrity and courage, as well as by t [...]
Inspector Rutledge is sent to a small village to discover the whereabouts of Gaylord Partridge as a favor to the Army. Partridge seems to have disappeared and no one seems to know much about him. In another village, a schoolmaster is suspected of murdering a man who may be the one who caused the scarring of the schoolmaster's wife's face. And just how is Gerald Parkinson involved in all of this? AS always, Rutledge is caught in a web of deceit, and wrestles with moral dilemma. And his supervisor [...]
Rutledge is sent to investigate the death of a man left in the ruins of an abbey in Yorkshire. The local police wanted to pin the death on the local schoolmaster, but Rutledge soon put an end to that possibility. With an excellent drawing of the dead man, Rutledge learns the identity of the man and his connection to top-secret work during the war to develop an even more potent gas than that the Germans were using. As Rutledge dealt with the army who had wanted to keep tabs on this researcher, fu [...]
I am trying to read the Rutledge mysteries more-or-less in order (tricky when one relies upon the library) and I think this is the best I've read thus far. There are ultimately two mysteries going on here, and Rutledge get tangled in both, ultimately resolving both. And, unlike some of the preceding Rutledge stories, this book shows him actually solving crimes, not just spinning his wheels until circumstances solve them for him. The characters and their actions seem true to life, and I sense som [...]
Ian Rutledge breaks my heart. On the surface, he's an upper class British officer returned from the front after WWI to resume his position as an inspector at Scotland Yard. Underneath the handsome facade, he is the ultimate casualty of a terrible war-- tortured by his memories, haunted by a decision made in the heat of battle and abandoned by his fiancée, he throws himself full force into solving the cases he's assigned. Instead of a partner or a sidekick, Rutledge has only the ghostly specter [...]
I am so in love with this series set in post-World War I England. Inspector Ian Rutledge is slowly becoming whole again after the shell-shock he experienced in France. Hamish doesn't appear as prevalently in this later book as he did in the beginning of the series, and that's as it should be. I suppose he will never disappear completely, but as Rutledge continues his attempt to return to his former life as a Scotland Yard detective, it is only natural that the mental scars should begin to heal. [...]
If you love series of murder/mystery/suspense in historical settings than read all of the books written by Charles Todd (who is actually a mother/son writing team). The central character of this particular book is a Scotland Yard inspector who has survived the gruesomeness of World War I and is "shell shocked" but desperate not to let others know. I love a man who is the good guy but has secrets! Thus the setting is post WWI with all of its trauma,tragedy and hope.What's not to like? Yorkshire, [...]
I very much enjoyed this book, the first I have read by this author. I thought the mystery the inspector was trying to solve, and its ultimate resolution, was sort of, well, weird. If that aspect of the tale had been more tightly knit and satisfying, I would gladly have rated the book 5 instead of 4. But I did enjoy the story for its own sake, good characterization, and internal thought haunted with the demons of inspector Rutlege's own past. I would read more of Charles Todd's mysteries gladly. [...]
A Pale Horse has even more plot twists than previous Ian Rutledge mysteries. I liked the particular story more than the previous one because Rutledge himself is more human. Todd provides much mote personal color in Ian's interactions with his sister, Frances. He also humanize a Chief Inspector Bowles by describing his work place pressures. You'll have to read the novel for the details of the actual crimes.
This was a good book and different than the others of the series. It has quite the panoplay of characters and involves the identification of a murdered man whose life was destroyed in his effort to aid his country. There are a collection of societal'lepers' and there is the alienation of children from their father. Looming large is the image of the white horse carved into a hill in prehistoric times and observer of the lives in the village below.
Ian Rutledge is a shell-shocked veteran of WWI who returns to his job with Scotland Yard, haunted by the ghost of a young Scottish soldier he was forced to execute during the war. When this series started getting more publicity, it came out that Todd's mother helped him write them, proving that behind every successful author there is a mom and an angry Scottish ghost. Great characters, interesting history.
I like the Charles Todd mysteries, period. So many American writers seem to compete for finding the most gruesome, blood-curdling violence to weave into their stories. My own taste is for mysteries that aren't so bloody but that give you the pleasure of trying to figure out who did it. In Charles Todd, the reader knows everything that the detective finds out, and you can "detect" right along with Inspector Ian Rutledge. Very enjoyable!
So far, this is my favorite Inspector Ian Rutledge story. Rutledge, back in the job after the war, struggles with his own demonse voice of Hamish constantly in his mind. Now Rutledge is sent to find a scientist who previously worked for the war office on poison gases. But in classic English mystery style, things are complicated. The setting, the characters, and the mystery are artfully crafted and I was thoroughly intrigued by this one.
This, the tenth in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series may be the best yet. Rutlredge and his imaginary antagonist Hamish MacLeod, are dispatched to help the Army trace a runner. An odd red herring, a misplaced body, a strange outcast colony, and two vengeful sisters.Really well paced with great settings and an atmospheric story. It's hard to believe that the 11 books have only covered about a year in Rutledge's life. These stories keep getting richer and more compelling.
I really enjoyed "A Pale Horse". This is first Ian Rutledge book I have read and I liked him as a detective and liked his character. He certainly is persistent. . . a bit of an early 20th century Columbo. I am not sure I love the Hamish device although I appreciate the authors' work to help the reader understand the horrors of WWI and the horrific PTSD the veterans returned with. I intend to read more of the Charles Todd books.
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