By Charles Todd
In 1912 Ian Rutledge watched as a guy used to be condemned to hold for the murders of aged ladies. Rutledge helped assemble the facts that despatched Ben Shaw to the gallows. And while justice used to be performed, Rutledge closed the door at the case. yet Shaw used to be no longer simply forgotten.
Now, seven years later, that grim trial returns within the kind of Ben Shaw's widow Nell, bringing Rutledge proof she is confident will turn out her husband's innocence. It's a trust fraught with peril, threatening either Rutledge's specialist stature and his religion in his judgment. yet there's a darker explanation for Rutledge's reluctance. homicide brings him again to Kent the place, days past, he'd glimpsed an all-too-familiar face past the jumping flames of a bonfire. quickly an unforeseen come across revives the tip of his personal struggle, because the nation prepares for a somber commemoration at the anniversary of the Armistice. To conflict the unsettled previous and the haunted current whilst is an appalling mandate.
And the folks round him? between them the horny widow of a chum, a amazing girl who survived the good Indian Mutiny; a sour, demise barrister; and a guy whose identify he by no means knew--unwittingly compete with the grieving Nell Shaw. They'll call for greater than Rutledge may give, unaware that he's already sporting the load of shell surprise? and the voice of Hamish MacLeod, the soldier he was once compelled to execute within the battle. The killer in Marling is unusually adept at escaping detection. And Ben Shaw's previous is a tangle of unsettling secrets and techniques that could or will not be precise. Rutledge needs to stroll a tortuous line among murderers...one attaining out to smash him, the opposite pushed to break him.
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Her silken tresses were teased into glossy bangs and swept up into a regal coif sparkling with jewelled pins and fine gold chains. Diamonds flashed on her fingers, wrists and neck. Teardrop pearls dripped from her earlobes, and a diamond-studded silver mesh was pinned to the back of her hair, falling like a rain-dewed cobweb around her neck. Her ladies praised her beauty, but were forced to rub berry juice into her cheeks and lips, reminding her of a lamb being prepared for slaughter. The priests and nobles awaited her in the long, banner-hung throne room with a high roof and polished slate floor.
Fat, bearded Bardock, who smelt of wine and dogs. Old, widowed Grisson, thin and lecherous, who sucked at his food with a toothless mouth. The memory soured her stomach. All her hopes had rested upon the young, handsome King Torrian, the only one she had even considered, until she had found out that he was a rapist and woman beater. The unwholesome glint in his eyes had become obvious when she had been informed of his true nature. Her principal lady-in-waiting, Lady Royanne, had told her tearfully, clearly aware that she was dashing the young Queen's hopes for a happy marriage.
They were here to vie for her hand in marriage, and her extreme youth and beauty clearly pleased them. It was not her they wanted though, but to annex her rich kingdom for the duration of the marriage and profit from it. Her father's last words echoed in her mind as she was led towards the throne, hardly aware of the courtiers who bowed as she passed. The ceremony was a blur of droning speeches and tuneless hymns. She held the things that were placed in her hands, not caring what they were, and repeated the words that she was asked to, her mind still filled with the image of her father's gaunt, tired face.
A Fearsome Doubt (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 6) by Charles Todd