A Fatal Lie

Morrow. (Inspector Ian Rutledge, Bk. 26). Feb. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780062905574. $28.99. M
Chief Superintendent Markham of Scotland Yard is not happy with Inspector Ian Rutledge, so he sends him to northern Wales to get him as far away from London as possible. A man’s body was found in the River Dee, in early spring 1921. When Rutledge arrives, he realizes the man was pushed from the top of the aqueduct. However, no one admits to recognizing the victim. Rutledge traces him to a small community where he finds the man’s widow, Ruth Milford, running a pub. Sam Milford was supposedly traveling to work with vendors, but Rutledge discovers that the couple’s three-year-old daughter, Tildy, went missing a year earlier, and he suspects that Sam was looking for her. Rutledge uncovers a much more intricate case than he expected, with women and lawyers who lie and keep secrets. As he travels across Wales looking for answers, he encounters danger, violence, and cover-ups that lead to more murders.
VERDICT Following A Divided Loyalty, the latest in the series is a complicated investigation that bogs down halfway through as Rutledge chases too many lies and missing people. Despite the slow pace, fans of the series will want Todd’s latest historical mystery.
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