Cold Treachery

Cold Treachery

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Charles Todd returns to the world of Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge in a series that the New York Times Book Review called "harrowing psychological drama" and the Washington Post Book World hailed as "among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days." This time the embattled Inspector has met his match hunting a brutal killer across a frozen hell and the one witness who may have survived a crime of...


"You'll hang for this-see if you don't! That's my revenge! And you'll think about that when the rope goes around your neck and the black hood comes down...."

Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge finds himself confronted with one of the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge might have expected such unspeakable carnage on the World War I battlefields, where he'd lost much of his soul-and his sanity-but not in an otherwise peaceful farm kitchen in remote Urskdale.

Someone has murdered the Elcott family at their table without the least sign of struggle. Was the killer someone the young family knew and trusted? When the victims are tallied the local police are in for another shock: One of the Elcotts' children, a boy named Josh, is missing.

Now the Inspector must race to uncover a murderer and to save a child before he's silenced by the merciless elements-or the even colder hands of a killer. Haunted and goaded by the soldier-ghost of his own tortured war past, Rutledge will discover the tragedy of war that splintered one marriage-and pulled together another.
Love, jealousy, greed, revenge-or was it some twisted combination of all of them? Any one could lead a man or woman to murder. What had the Elcotts done to ignite their killer's rage? With time running out, Rutledge knows all too well that such a cold-blooded murderer could be hiding somewhere in the blinding snow...
preparing to strike again.

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Aug 05, 2017

Another (long) interesting mystery as Rutledge travels to an isolated valley in the North of England. (The map of the area helped keep track of, well, the tracks.) I still have the same gripe about the series: the overuse of Hamish -- and the need to explain what he's doing inside Rutledge's brain for readers who are new to the series. But you come to care about some of the characters (and despise others) and root for Rutledge to triumph in the end. I found the killer's motive unpersuasive, but it's the writing I read these books for, not the plotting.

Dec 01, 2016

This book really kept my interest, but I found the ending a little too "congested". I'd certainly recommend it to fans of detective fiction. Charles Todd's books are tops!

Mar 07, 2016

This series is amazing.

Jul 12, 2014

I have always enjoyed the Inspector Rutledge series Having started late, I'm now reading the earlier titles which are still available via the catalogue.' A Cold Treachery' (with emphasis on the 'cold' and the 'treachery') has Rutledge sent to solve a case involving the disappearance of a young boy who has witnessed the murder of his family and disappeared in the depths of a Yorkshire winter. The story is no less harrowing and just as well sustained as any of Charles Todd's murder mysteries

hermlou Jul 04, 2011

Eighth book in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series begins with the murder of a family of five, with a sixth member missing. Rutledge is called in to investigate because he has just finished another investigation in northern England. This is a small town in a desolate area, and it doesn't seem possible that any of the townspeople could have a motive, so the inspector tries first to find the missing boy. The fact that this took place after WWI adds an element of mystery. Rutledge says "he had never dealt with a case where so many people were intent on misdirecting the enquiry." Well worth reading.

Oct 21, 2010

Takes place in England shortly after World War I and has great depth of character and many weaving trails to the solution. Highly recommend.

Sep 18, 2006

As Inspector Ian Rutledge prepares to wrap up another case, he is called to travel to the fells of Urksdale to confront a baffling and bloody case of multiple murder. A family of five has been gunned down in their farmhouse and the last surviving member, a ten year old boy, is missing in a snowstorm that attempts to cover all the tracks. It is only through the relentless questioning of Rutledge that closure can be reached in this baffling case. Hamish, the voice in his head, is also adding his expertise to the case. The descriptions of the barren and silently beautiful landscape are perfectly recreated here. The ticking time bomb that is the murderer will quietly try to strike again, but Rutledge is on his trail!!


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