Friday, January 2, 2015

Hunting Shadows
by Charles Todd

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 330
Format: ARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange its unbelievable.

Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them—except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don’t add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

In going over the details of the case, Rutledge is reminded of a dark episode he witnessed in the war. While the memory could lead him to the truth, it also raises a prickly dilemma. To stop a murderer, will the ethical detective choose to follow the letter—or the spirit—of the law?
 



Kritters Thoughts:  Another Inspector Ian Rutledge novel as he is sent out to a small county to uncover two murders that seem to be connected, but no one knows why beyond how they were killed.  

My absolute favorite part of the book was that author gave the murderer the story to tell at the beginning and he told the story of the two murders before the Inspector came on the scene - it was great to be inside his head for a moment.

The other thing I enjoyed, although it took quite a long time to get to, was the connection that these two murders had, it was quite an interesting connection, I just felt like it took way too long to get to.

For me most of the book read really slow and I couldn't handle the pacing for what I put into the mystery/thriller category.  I think I like this genre to read a little faster since it has so much action, I feel like it should move like a race car and this one just moved too slow.

Not my first Charles Todd, but not sure I will read another one.  


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.




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