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A Divided Loyalty

by Charles Todd

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Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is assigned one of the most baffling investigations of his career--a cold murder case with an unidentified victim and a cold trail with few clues to follow. Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, a respected colleague of Ian Rutledge's, is sent to Avebury, a village set inside a great prehistoric stone circle not far from Stonehenge.  A young woman has been murdered next to a mysterious, hooded, figure-like stone, but no one recognizes her--or admits to it.  And how did she get there? Despite a thorough investigation, it appears that her killer has simply vanished. Rutledge, returning from the conclusion of a case involving another apparently unknown woman, is asked to take a second look at Leslie's inquiry, to see if he can identify this victim. But Rutledge is convinced Chief Superintendent Jameson only hopes to tarnish his earlier success once he also fails. Where to begin? He too finds very little to go on in Avebury, slowly widening his search beyond the village--only to discover that unlikely--possibly even unreliable--clues are pointing him toward an impossible solution, one that will draw the wrath of the Yard down on him, and very likely see him dismissed if he pursues it. But what about the victim--what does he owe this tragic woman? Where must his loyalty lie?… (more)

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First book read in the Todd series. Enjoyed immensely, many twists and turns. I would rate Todd novels with Perry books. Will definitely enjoy more Todd novels in the future. ( )
  Pat_Bunk_Malecki | Aug 17, 2020 |
Ian Rutledge, a Scotland Yard inspector, returned from the trenches of WWI a damaged man. In this, the 22nd novel in this series, he is tasked with solving two murders. In both instances a woman was murdered in a rural town where nobody knew her and her reason for traveling to the area is unknown. Rutledge quickly solves the first murder, but the chief inspector assigned to the second murder is forced to conclude that the murderer is a person or persons unknown. Chief Superintendent Markham, who is holding Rutledge’s unopened letter of resignation, orders him to take a second look. Rutledge suspects Markham is establishing a basis for accepting his resignation.

The premise of “A Divided Loyalty” is intriguing, but the book is disappointing. The story moves forward at a plodding pace that fails to build tension or suspense. Rutledge mostly drives back and forth from one location to another without a clear rhyme or reason, giving the search for evidence an aimless quality. Sometimes he drives back by his apartment in London to spend the night, but seldom does anything related to the case while there. Other times he travels to a distant location, engages in a brief activity, and spends the night elsewhere. His motivation is seldom clear. The story became so tedious I set it aside with 40 pages remaining to go do something else for a while.

The final conclusion is disappointing, as are all stories in which the author cheats. Good mysteries provide clues along the way that allow attentive, clever readers to solve the mystery just before the author’s reveal. In this case, the murderer appeared only tangentially in one scene before the climax. It could hardly have been worse if Todd had not included the guilty party in the book at all.

Readers typically question whether a later book in an established series can be enjoyed without reading the earlier offerings. Lack of familiarity with the backstory definitely lessened my enjoyment in this instance. The book frequently introduces or mentions characters introduced in earlier stories. Examples include Kate Gordon, who is attracted to Rutledge; he is hesitant to reciprocate because of “what happened in Cornwall.” Jean, Kate’s cousin, who broke off her engagement to Ian when he returned from France as “a shattered man.” Haldane, a mysterious figure, provides information that is unavailable to a Scotland Yard investigator. Frequent references also allude to “the shame” in Rutledge’s past, the suspicion that he is shell-shocked, and a “moral coward” who “might blacken a fellow officer’s good name” to win favor.” The repeated appearance of Hamish is succinctly explained in a single paragraph, so Todd clearly knows how to fill in the backstory. Yet he consistently omits the clarifying paragraph that would greatly enhance reader enjoyment.

This is the first Ian Rutledge novel I have read; I do not plan to read another. The mystery genre is blessed with many superior authors. ( )
  Tatoosh | Jul 12, 2020 |
A DIVIDED LOYALTY BY CHARLES TODD IS THE 22ND BOOK OF THE INSPECTOR IAN RUTLEDGE mysteries,but the first of the series I have read. I totally enjoyed it! Just when I thought I had a notion of who done it , the twist came and I was totally clueless,which for me signals that the author(s) has done a great job of writing.

Without giving the ending away,the conclusion surprised the heck out of me,which proves to me just how well the author(s) did.

Inspector Rutledge gets an assignment to go to the very out of the way and very boring village of Avebury. A woman has been murdered and is totally unknown and has no Id. Rutledge solves the crime and goes back to Scotland Yard where he is told to go to another village,same type of murder but not solved by his colleague. His colleague tells their boss that it was done by person or persons unknown. Rutledge, even though he hates to be put on this cold case goes and finds very unusual things about what has been done to solve the murder. The rest is up to you to find out what happens!

I look forward to reading more of Charles Todd's Inspector Rutledge novels.

I recieved this book free from goodreads in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  DDJTJ | Apr 30, 2020 |
Title: A Divided Loyalty (Inspector Ian Rutledge #22)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 336
Year: 2020
Publisher: William Morrow
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The 22nd book in this series has Inspector Ian Rutledge arriving at Scotland Yard from one case and immediately sent out to solve another. A woman has been murdered and no one can identify her. Ian sets about asking questions and fairly soon has discovered her identity and her killer. He reports back to The Yard only to be handed another case. This one, however, has already been investigated by a friend and fellow inspector without identifying the victim or the killer. Since Ian did so well on the last case, his boss, who hates Ian, hopes this case will remain unsolved and Ian will be seen as a failure.
Ian sets off for the murder site, meets the local law enforcement and reviews the thin file. He begins his questioning and travels from place to place, following the remotest idea or tidbit of information, hoping it will give him a solid lead. He covers a lot of the same ground as his predecessor, but stumbles upon one clue that will cause him to doubt where his conclusion leads him. As always his ever-present companion, Hamish, adds his observations to the case.
This is a great British mystery that takes place in 1921, beginning in London. Any of these 22 novels can be read alone, but they do progress through time, so the first novel begins shortly after the war ends. I would recommend reading them in order to gain a better understanding of Ian and Hamish, their history, the prior relationships between Ian and various recurring characters and the personal struggles he has encountered and endured. These stories are rich with details of post WWI life, how it changed life for everyone, not just the men and women who served, and is still at the forefront of how many people live their lives. Ian faces the added challenge of possible succeeding where a friend and colleague failed, or alternatively failing and being put out of The Yard for good. His job is his life. What will he do if he can’t solve this case?
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. ( )
  lamb521 | Mar 29, 2020 |
3.5 Another long running series of mine, this one historical. A slower paced book, since it's set shortly after WWI, and all detective work needs to be done by interviewing and traveling place to place. Ian Rutledge is the main character, a detective who carries with him, quite literally, the effects of the war.

As with many long running series, some have been better than others. In this one I felt the author is back on track, and I enjoyed the two different cases Rutledge must solve. Two young women murdered, in two separate locations, one easier and less costly to solve than the other. The second case presents a more difficult resolution, one that hits close to home.

Atmospheric, a mystery that can't be hurried through, rather one to emesh oneself in during long evenings.

ARC from Edelweiss. ( )
  Beamis12 | Mar 4, 2020 |
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Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is assigned one of the most baffling investigations of his career--a cold murder case with an unidentified victim and a cold trail with few clues to follow. Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, a respected colleague of Ian Rutledge's, is sent to Avebury, a village set inside a great prehistoric stone circle not far from Stonehenge.  A young woman has been murdered next to a mysterious, hooded, figure-like stone, but no one recognizes her--or admits to it.  And how did she get there? Despite a thorough investigation, it appears that her killer has simply vanished. Rutledge, returning from the conclusion of a case involving another apparently unknown woman, is asked to take a second look at Leslie's inquiry, to see if he can identify this victim. But Rutledge is convinced Chief Superintendent Jameson only hopes to tarnish his earlier success once he also fails. Where to begin? He too finds very little to go on in Avebury, slowly widening his search beyond the village--only to discover that unlikely--possibly even unreliable--clues are pointing him toward an impossible solution, one that will draw the wrath of the Yard down on him, and very likely see him dismissed if he pursues it. But what about the victim--what does he owe this tragic woman? Where must his loyalty lie?

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