The Black Ascot (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)

Written by Charles Todd
Review by Jeff Westerhoff

For ten years, Alan Barrington, wanted for a murder committed at the 1910 royal horse race called the Black Ascot, has eluded capture by Scotland Yard and is believed to have left the country. Inspector Ian Rutledge receives a tip from a questionable source concerning the whereabouts of Barrington, who appears to have been seen in England. He is advised by his superiors to quietly proceed with the investigation without notifying the newspapers. His investigation takes him through local villages and the city of London as he follows the trail of the missing person, based on tips provided by people familiar with the case.

This is the latest Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery set in the early 20th century. Although it’s a well-written mystery novel, I found the pace was rather slow while the Inspector attempted to find the location of the killer. There is very little suspense during much of the story, although I did enjoy reading about the historical outlay of the villages and towns around London as the Inspector moved from location to location searching for the missing Barrington. Because of the exceptional research and interesting characters the Inspector meets during his investigation, I would probably read another of these mysteries.