By Charles Todd
"You'll hold for this--see in case you don't! That's my revenge! And you'll take into consideration that after the rope is going round your neck and the black hood comes down...."
Called out by way of Scotland backyard into enamel of a violent snowfall, Inspector Ian Rutledge reveals himself faced with essentially the most savage murders he has ever encountered. Rutledge may have anticipated such unspeakable carnage at the global conflict I battlefields, the place he'd misplaced a lot of his soul--and his sanity--but no longer in an another way peaceable farm kitchen in distant Urskdale.
Someone has murdered the Elcott relatives at their desk with no the least signal of fight. used to be the killer somebody the younger relatives knew and relied on? while the sufferers are tallied the neighborhood police are in for an additional surprise: one of many Elcotts' young children, a boy named Josh, is missing.
Now the Inspector needs to race to discover a assassin and to avoid wasting a baby earlier than he's silenced through the cruel elements--or the even chillier palms of a killer. Haunted and goaded through the soldier-ghost of his personal tortured conflict earlier, Rutledge will become aware of the tragedy of battle that splintered one marriage--and pulled jointly another.
Love, jealousy, greed, revenge--or was once it a few twisted mix of them all? anybody may lead a guy or lady to homicide. What had the Elcotts performed to ignite their killer's rage? With time working out, Rutledge is aware all too good that the sort of cold-blooded assassin might be hiding someplace within the blinding snow...
preparing to strike back.
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Extra resources for A Cold Treachery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 7)
Ah,” said Kate, relaxing. “That would explain it. They’ve known for months that Grayson’s been searching for someone to work on Grandmother’s garden. As for your qualifications…” Tilting her head to one side, she asked, “Did you talk for a long time with Ruth and Louise? ” Emma pursed her lips thoughtfully. Even at the time, she’d thought her conversation with the Pyms curiously one-sided. Replaying it in her mind, she realized that it had been a fairly thorough interrogation. ” Kate grinned.
We’ve scads of rooms at Penford Hall and more cars than we know what to do with. If you need transport, give Gash a ring, and if you need anything else, call for Crowley. Now, come along, Emma, come see the garden. ” As he spoke, the duke ushered Emma across the dining room to a pair of French doors that opened onto a balustraded terrace, where a flight of steps descended to a broad expanse of manicured lawn. The lawn ended, much to Emma’s delight, at the front wall of a ruined castle. “It is a castle,” she murmured.
Won’t turn a clod without your say-so, o’ course. ” He looked down at the damp soil that had been transferred from Emma’s palm to his own. “Wonderful stuff Her Grace laid in here. Don’t know what she did to make it so rich. ” He touched the muddy tip of his little finger to his tongue, looked thoughtfully skyward, then turned his head and spat, missing Susannah’s toes by inches. ” “Oh, my Lord,” Susannah said faintly. ” “I should think it would be an acquired taste,” Grayson replied. He ran nimbly down the stairs to join the little group.
A Cold Treachery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 7) by Charles Todd