The Black Ascot (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries #21) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 21 in the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries series.

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In 1910 a royal race was held, the Black Ascot, to honor the fallen monarch, King Edward VII.  Harold and Blanche Fletcher-Munro attended, their day would end tragically with Blanche killed and Harold horribly injured.  The press had a field day when suspicion fell on Alan Barrington, another member of the aristocracy.  He fled Scotland Yard’s clutches, embarrassing the police.  A decade later Inspector Ian Rutledge was driving back to London when he chanced on a bit of drama involving a recently released convict.  He did the man a good turn and the grateful fellow gave him a tip, telling him Alan Barrington was back in England.  Rutledge’s superior officer, keen to clear the reputation of Scotland Yard by capturing the elusive Barrington, instructs Rutledge to investigate on the q.t..  The case will put Rutledge in personal jeopardy with his sanity questioned and only his nearest and dearest in his corner.  As usual, my favorite character is Hamish, the specter from WWI that haunts Rutledge offering clever asides to his investigations.

— Deon Stonehouse


Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge seeks a killer who has eluded Scotland Yard for years in this next installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.

An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible—but Inspector Ian Rutledge is intrigued and brings it to his superior at Scotland Yard. Alan Barrington, who has evaded capture for ten years, is the suspect in an appalling murder during Black Ascot, the famous 1910 royal horse race meet honoring the late King Edward VII. His disappearance began a manhunt that consumed Britain for a decade. Now it appears that Barrington has returned to England, giving the Yard a last chance to retrieve its reputation and see justice done. Rutledge is put in charge of a quiet search under cover of a routine review of a cold case.

Meticulously retracing the original inquiry, Rutledge begins to know Alan Barrington well, delving into relationships and secrets that hadn’t surfaced in 1910. But is he too close to finding his man? His sanity is suddenly brought into question by a shocking turn of events. His sister Frances, Melinda Crawford, and Dr. Fleming stand by him, but there is no greater shame than shell shock. Questioning himself, he realizes that he cannot look back. The only way to save his career—much less his sanity—is to find Alan Barrington and bring him to justice. But is this elusive murderer still in England?

About the Author

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.

Praise For…

“An absolute winner! The Black Ascot delivers everything we’ve come to love about an Ian Rutledge novel... If there’s ever been a more complex and compelling hero in crime fiction than Inspector Rutledge, I can’t think of one.”

Jeffery Deaver on The Black Ascot

“A masterpiece of imagination.”
Lee ChildNew York Times bestselling author, on the Ian Rutledge series

“The authors... never let the series settle into an easy formula, and they always keep the reader guessing. This one feels just as fresh as the early Rutledge novels.”
Booklist on The Black Ascot

“The investigation and its ultimate destination are gripping.”
Kirkus Reviews on The Black Ascot

“This mystery is one of the finest in the series... One of the best I have read by Charles Todd—very highly recommended!”
Historical Novels Review on The Gate Keeper

“Somber, moving, and utterly spellbinding...evocative....Rutledge’s ongoing courageous refusal to surrender to the dark forces buffeting him on all sides is a shining example of resolve, nerve, and decency, and makes haunted Ian Rutledge impossible to drive out of one’s mind.”
Strand Magazine on A Long Shadow

“Charles Todd (actually a mother-son writing team) pulls off the voice-in-the-head device exquisitely. Moreover, the series is populated with highly nuanced characters, and the historical research is spot on. In Racing the Devil, the pacing is compelling.”
Newark Star Ledger on Racing the Devil
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062678744
ISBN-10: 0062678744
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries