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Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd

hunting shadowsCharles Todd is a mother-son writing team located in Delaware and North Carolina. They are the authors of the Inspector Rutledge Mysteries featuring the escapades of Rutledge, a British detective practicing in the 1920s. What makes these tales riveting is the presence of “Hamish”, the ghostly PTSD symptom from the Inspector’s ‘war’. In Hunting Shadows, the 16th in the series, Rutledge finds himself in the Fen country apparently searching for a German sniper/serial murderer. I found myself moving back and forward between the World War One milieu of this novel and today’s gun-violence incidents and the PTSD traumas of today’s veterans. While primarily designed to entertain, these novels provide timely insights into the effects of war. Another feature I enjoy is their keen sense of time and place. Reading Hunting Shadows made me very curious to learn more about the British Fen country. The author team also pens the Bess Crawford mysteries.

Amy P.

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