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Wings of Fire by Charles Todd
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Ian Rutledge stumbles upon a triple murder of members of one family. Who would want all these relatives dead, and who stands to profit from their deaths? Ian and Hamish, his inner voice, dig into the deaths and the stories of the Cornwall family. Charles Todd, a mother and son team, delve into the English countryside uncovering the price of revenge. The story brings out the devastation of WWI, but also points to the glorious English countryside, and to the grudges that demand restitution. ( )
  delphimo | Jan 1, 2017 |
second of the Ian Rutledge series. Another wealthy family with a lot of dark secrets. The spirit of Hamish seems to be taming down a bit. ( )
  tangledthread | Dec 24, 2016 |
Synopsis: Inspector Rutledge is sent to investigate two suicides and an accidental death because someone has requested that the Yard look into these occurrences. As he probes deeper and deeper into the history of these people, he finds that there is reason to believe that there is a history of murders associated with this family. He finds that the woman who committed suicide is actually a famous poet and has left clues to the murders in her work. Along with the help of an elderly lady Ian finally discovers the answer to the puzzle.
Review: This was an exceptionally well written book. As the story progressed it became obvious that 'once you eliminate all of the possibilities' the only answer is the improbably one and it's right. ( )
  DrLed | Dec 14, 2016 |
Lots of elements I like - Cornwall, family secrets, and a tortured detective. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
A complex murder mystery that will leave you reeling and wanting more.

http://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/2014/10/wings-of-fire-by-charles-todd.html ( )
  nicolewbrown | Aug 19, 2016 |
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When A Test of Wills, Charles Todd's first mystery about a shell-shocked World War I veteran, came out, it was such an original and successfully executed concept that readers were torn between wanting more and wondering how he could possibly pull off a sequel. Todd does it very simply: he pushes the gimmick sideways and makes his Scotland Yard detective, Ian Rutledge, much more personally involved in the death of one of the possible murder victims than he was in the first book. While the voice of Hamish, the Scottish soldier he executed for battlefield cowardice, still growls in his mind, Inspector Rutledge also feels very deeply about Olivia Marlowe, a supposed suicide in the Cornwall town of Borcombe. He knew her as O. A. Manning, a poet whose books, especially the love poems collected in Wings of Fire, were "light and warmth and beauty intermingled with such passion that they sang in the heart as you read them. Wings of Fire had touched him in ways that few things had." Olivia's death, along with that of two members of her family, have brought Rutledge from London to investigate. But, as a sharp local clergyman tells him, "Be sure your own ghosts don't infringe on your logical mind--don't rain havoc on Borcombe in search of your own absolution."

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Inspector Ian Rutledge, still haunted by old war memories, struggles to put his troubles aside and solve the murder of a well-known Cornish poet. But when he finds himself unable to escape the ghosts of the past, Rutledge decides to take an unorthodox route and use his psychological delusions to help him catch a killer.… (more)

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