Inspector Ian Rutledge Books

Inspector Ian Rutledge is a mystery book series, which revolves around the cases of the protagonist, Ian Rutledge, a former World War I officer who returned to serve in the Scotland Yard police force. However, while working on the cases, Inspector Ian Rutledge begins to battle with post-traumatic stress disorder, which affects his work efficiency. He constantly, haunted by the remembrance of a fellow soldier who had been trapped in his head.

Order of Inspector Ian Rutledge Series

# Read Title Published
1 A Test of Wills 1994
2 Wings of Fire 1998
3 Search the Dark 1999
4 Legacy of the Dead 2000
5 Watchers of Time 2001
6 A Fearsome Doubt 2002
7 A Cold Treachery 2005
8 A Long Shadow 2006
9 A False Mirror 2007
10 A Pale Horse 2007
11 A Matter of Justice 2008
12 The Red Door 2009
13 The Kidnapping 2010
14 A Lonely Death 2011
15 The Confession 2011
16 Proof of Guilt 2013
17 Cold Comfort (Short Story) 2013
18 Hunting Shadows 2014
19 A Fine Summer's Day 2015
20 No Shred of Evidence 2016
21 Racing the Devil 2017
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Inspector Ian Rutledge Awards

None of the books in this series have been nominated for any major literary award.

Inspector Ian Rutledge Books into Movies

Inspector Ian Rutledge books are yet to be adapted into a screenplay.

Best Inspector Ian Rutledge Books

A Test of Wills: The first chapter in the Inspector Ian Rutledge book series. The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge has just returned from France so that he could resume his duties. Before the war began, Inspector Ian had a knack for seeing things beyond what people were willing to reveal. Even at one point, the author describes Ian Rutledge placing his fingers on a dead man’s pulse and in the process bringing him back to life. However, was the one was over; Inspector Ian Rutledge is left shattered. He finds out that his fiancée had broken off their engagement. However, despite everything that he went through, a has a deep secret; Inspector Rutledge has a dead soldier trapped in his head who not only casts doubt on every decision that he makes but also dodging his every move.

As if that is not enough, Ian works for a boss who wishes that he had died during the war. Furthermore, the boss is more than determined to ensure that Inspector Ian is removed from the Scotland Yard police department. However, Bowles did not understand that all it required was a little push. Rutledge is send off to Warwickshire, to look into the bloody killing of Colonel Harris. The main suspect in this investigation is a highly accomplished war hero, who is also a friend to the Crown Prince. Bowles sees this is a perfect opportunity to place Inspector Ian on a nearly impossible mission which will not only ensure that he embarrass the wrong people and ensure that he is removed from the police force. At this point we follow Ian Rutledge as he tries to get to the bottom of a small town killing where information is not only scarce but also the locals do not want what to share information with an outsider.

As if this is not enough, he also has to ensure that he keeps a tight grip on Hamish, the dead soldier who resides in his head. If any person would find out that Ian Rutledge did have an inconsistent Scottish voice inside his head, then his career would not be over but also he was going to be sent for treatment, and his police career would be totally ruined. While conducting the investigation, Inspector Ian meets up with one Lettice Woods an exceedingly beautiful girl. Apart from Lettuce, he also meets up with another beautiful lady, an exceedingly talented and determined female artist. With that said, the mystery is this novel is quite competent, though the protagonist chats with the suspects from time to time instead of performing actual detective work. Overall, this interesting read is full of well-developed characters.

Wings of Fire: The second installment in the Inspector Ian Rutledge book series. In this book, his superior officer to look into the death of three children, in one of the local manor house, dispatches the protagonist to Cornwall. Two of the children had died apparently after a suicide pact was made while the other was because of an accident. Inspector Ian is sent to establish whether there was foul play in the killings. Just like in the first installment, his superior wants to ensure that Ian Rutledge is not involved in the hunt for a serial murderer, which was being conducted in London. Overall, Ian Rutledge is an exceedingly interesting character, who is also quite sympathetic.

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