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"If there's ever been a more complex and compelling hero in crime fiction than Inspector Rutledge, I can't think of one."—Jeffery Deaver

In one of his most puzzling cases, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge must delve deep into a dead man's life and his past to find a killer determined to keep dark secrets buried.

A peaceful Welsh village is thrown into turmoil when a terrified boy stumbles on a body in a nearby river. The man appears to have fallen from the canal aqueduct spanning the valley. But there is no identification on the body, he isn't a local, and no one will admit to having seen him before. With little to go on, the village police turn to Scotland Yard for help.

When Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent from London to find answers, he is given few clues—a faded military tattoo on the victim's arm and an unusual label in the collar of his shirt. They eventually lead him to the victim's identity: Sam Milford. By all accounts, he was a good man and well-respected. Then, why is his death so mysterious? Looking for the truth, Rutledge uncovers a web of lies swirling around a suicidal woman, a child's tragic fate, another woman bent on protecting her past. But where among all the lies is the motive for murder?

To track a killer, Rutledge must retrace Milford's last journey. Yet death seems to stalk his every move, and the truth seems to shift at every turn. Man or woman, this murderer stays in the shadows, and it will take desperate measures to lure him—or her—into the light.

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"If there's ever been a more complex and compelling hero in crime fiction than Inspector Rutledge, I can't think of one."—Jeffery Deaver

In one of his most puzzling cases, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge must delve deep into a dead man's life and his past to find a killer determined to keep dark secrets buried.

A peaceful Welsh village is thrown into turmoil when a terrified boy stumbles on a body in a nearby river. The man appears to have fallen from the canal aqueduct spanning the valley. But there is no identification on the body, he isn't a local, and no one will admit to having seen him before. With little to go on, the village police turn to Scotland Yard for help.

When Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent from London to find answers, he is given few clues—a faded military tattoo on the victim's arm and an unusual label in the collar of his shirt. They eventually lead him to the victim's identity: Sam Milford. By all accounts, he was a good man and well-respected. Then, why is his death so mysterious? Looking for the truth, Rutledge uncovers a web of lies swirling around a suicidal woman, a child's tragic fate, another woman bent on protecting her past. But where among all the lies is the motive for murder?

To track a killer, Rutledge must retrace Milford's last journey. Yet death seems to stalk his every move, and the truth seems to shift at every turn. Man or woman, this murderer stays in the shadows, and it will take desperate measures to lure him—or her—into the light.

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      • source: New York Times Book Review
      • content: "The melancholy tone that distinguishes the Rutledge series is a reminder that war never ends for the families and friends of lost loved ones. It just retreats into the shadows."
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      • source: Stephen King
      • content: "You're going to love Todd."
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      • source: New York Journal of Books on A Fatal Lie
      • content: "A Fatal Lie provides an excellent book with which to walk into Rutledge's pursuit of crime and determination to make things right . . . Those who value similar portrayals of place as character—as in Louise Penny's Three Pines, for instance—will treasure A Fatal Lie and its Welsh backdrop. As a police procedural, also, the book's persistent untangling of motive, means, and opportunity provides an instant classic for this mystery genre, along with an intriguing exploration of the heart's effects on the mind."
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      • source: Booklist on A Divided Loyalty
      • content: "This is a series, written by a mother-and-son team under the Charles Todd pseudonym, that shows no signs of slowing down. As always, this one combines crisp plotting with stylish prose. Ideal for historical-mystery devotees."
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      • source: Florida Sun Sentinel on A Fatal Lie
      • content: "Each of Charles Todd's engrossing novels about Scotland Yard Insp. Ian Rutledge, set post-World War I, puts a spotlight on often forgotten details about the Great War. It's this minutia that illustrate the war's effect on the characters and the region . . . Charles Todd are experts at subtly drawing parallels to 21st century concerns. The Great War ended more than a century ago but Ian's personal issues and his investigations are relevant today."
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        November 1, 2020
        Todd's Ian Rutledge series continues to display both quality and consistency in this twenty-third installment. In 1921, Rutledge, a Scotland Yard inspector, is sent off to a small village in Wales to determine the identity of a man who died in a fall and may have been murdered. Rutledge accomplishes that, but knowing who the dead man was doesn't help much in figuring out who killed him and why. Regular series readers will note that Ian seems more tortured than usual by his internal companion, Hamish MacLeod. Hamish died by firing squad in WWI, at the orders of his commanding officer, Rutledge, and now he lives inside Ian's head. Ian knows that when he hears Hamish's voice now, it isn't really Hamish talking, but that doesn't keep Ian from worrying about the state of his mind. As usual, Hamish makes only brief appearances in the book, but his presence looms large over the whole story. He's like a filter: everything Rutledge says and does is colored by guilt over having caused the death of a good man. A must-read for series fans.

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        November 30, 2020
        Bestseller Todd’s so-so 23rd novel featuring Scotland Yard’s Insp. Ian Rutledge (after 2020’s A Divided Loyalty) takes Rutledge, in the spring of 1921, to Wales after a boy’s fishing outing at a canal snags a man’s corpse. The body is unidentified, but a tattoo suggests the dead man belonged to one of the Bantam Battalions, units of undersized soldiers who served in WWI. When a label in the cadaver’s shirt yields the name of the woman who special-ordered it, Ruth Milford, Rutledge travels to Shropshire to seek her out. Ruth initially lies about her identity, but the information she reluctantly provides leads Rutledge to believe it was her husband, Samuel, who died. The Milfords’ baby daughter, Tildy, disappeared a year earlier, snatched from her carriage when Ruth briefly left her alone, and is believed dead, and Rutledge pursues the theory that Samuel’s murder is somehow connected with that earlier tragedy. The psychic scars of Rutledge’s WWI trauma are underplayed, and the whodunit plot generates little suspense. Hopefully, Todd (a mother-son writing team) will return to form next time. Agent: Lisa Gallagher, DeFiore and Co.

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        December 1, 2020

        Chief Superintendent Markham of Scotland Yard is not happy with Inspector Ian Rutledge, so he sends him to northern Wales to get him as far away from London as possible. A man's body was found in the River Dee, in early spring 1921. When Rutledge arrives, he realizes the man was pushed from the top of the aqueduct. However, no one admits to recognizing the victim. Rutledge traces him to a small community where he finds the man's widow, Ruth Milford, running a pub. Sam Milford was supposedly traveling to work with vendors, but Rutledge discovers that the couple's three-year-old daughter, Tildy, went missing a year earlier, and he suspects that Sam was looking for her. Rutledge uncovers a much more intricate case than he expected, with women and lawyers who lie and keep secrets. As he travels across Wales looking for answers, he encounters danger, violence, and cover-ups that lead to more murders. VERDICT Following A Divided Loyalty, the latest in the series is a complicated investigation that bogs down halfway through as Rutledge chases too many lies and missing people. Despite the slow pace, fans of the series will want Todd's latest historical mystery.--Lesa Holstine, Evansville Vanderburgh P.L., IN

        Copyright 2020 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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A peaceful Welsh village is thrown into turmoil when a terrified boy stumbles on a body in a nearby river. The man appears to have fallen from the canal aqueduct spanning the valley. But there is no identification on the body, he isn't a local, and no one will admit to having seen him before. With little to go on, the village police turn to Scotland Yard for help.

When Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent from London to find answers, he is given few clues—a faded military tattoo on the victim's arm and an unusual label in the collar of his shirt. They eventually lead him to the victim's identity: Sam...

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