Watchers of Time

Watchers of Time

Book - 2002
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"If anyone can turn a simple village mystery into a brooding Greek tragedy, it's Charles Todd. . . . Todd handles grave issues with great compassion" -- The New York Times Book Review

In a marshy Norfolk backwater, a priest is brutally murdered after giving a dying man last rites. For Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge, an ex-officer still recovering from the trauma of war, it looks to be a simple case. Yet the Inspector finds himself uncovering secrets that the local authorities would prefer not to see explored. Rutledge pares away layers of deception to piece together a chain of events that stretches from the brooding marshes to one of the greatest sea disasters in history--the sinking of the Titanic. Who is the mysterious woman who may have boarded that ship--and who is the secretive woman who survived it? Only Rutledge can answer those questions . . . and prevent a killer who'll stop at nothing from striking again.

Praise for Watchers of Time

"One of the best historical series being written today . . . In the grand tradition of English murder mysteries." -- The Washington Post Book World

"With his tortured detective Ian Rutledge and the ghost who inhabits his mind . . . Charles Todd has swiftly become one of the most respected writers in the mystery genre. . . . The pair is unique among sleuths." -- The Denver Post

"Outstanding. Todd's portrait of Rutledge and postwar England remains powerful." --Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2002, c2001.
Edition: Bantam mass market edition
ISBN: 9780553583168
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY TODD C
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 18 cm.


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Feb 07, 2018

Inspector Ian Rutledge and Hamish McLeod, his ghostly conscience, are assigned to make a courtesy call on Inspector Blevins in the village of Osterley, where Father James, the Catholic priest has been murdered. Rutledge has not completely recovered from being shot in his last case, but he views this as a release from paperwork, checks out with the doctor, who tells him not to drive; and disobeying doctor's orders, drives to Osterley. On the surface the case is a simple matter of murder by a thief. Blevins is so angry, however, that he asks Rutledge to stay a few days until the murderer is caught; so that Blevins can be sure that his judgment is not clouded by his emotions. Rutledge spends the time interviewing various people in the village about Father James and discovers that Father James was concerned about something before he died, and it seemed to have something to do with a deathbed conversation with one of the villagers. He also comes across various other village opinions and incidents which all fit into a picture that convinces Rutledge that Matthew Walsh, the man who Blevins has arrested, may not be the murderer. Rutledge gradually identifies a fairly large group of possible suspects, and then eliminates them. At the end, there are a number of surprises, and the resolution requires help from unexpected sources. Atmospheric scenery and architecture helps to set the feeling of gloom and depression. The characters are well fleshed out and motivated. The Charles Todd team is improving with each book.

Aug 05, 2017

I like the writing style, and the setting of England soon after WWI. This series entry is okay, although it spends too much time on the extremely large red herring (the accused); and I really would have liked to see a map of the area. I am really tired of the spectre of Hamish having imaginary conversations with Rutledge; those who have not read earlier entries probably have no idea what he's doing in the story or Rutledge's head.

Apr 06, 2014

Terrific mystery from start to finish! a real page turner, kept me guessing up until the last few pages! The mother and son team of authors has struck gold yet again.

Oct 30, 2011

Another good read by the Mother & Son team "Charles Todd".
Rutledge at his best!


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