Excerpt from “Hunting Shadows” #teasertuesday

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Lots of things on the go right now. Don’t Forget Steven is in final proofs and will hopefully be out by the end of the week. Watch the trailer and read a teaser while you’re waiting!

And watch here or on any of my social media for a special double-barrelled giveaway beginning this Friday!

I recently listened to “Hunting Shadows” by Charles Todd. A great mystery, intriguing, keeps you guessing, and wraps up satisfyingly well. I would definitely read others in the series.

He could feel the rifle in his hands, the familiar smoothness of the wood, the heat of the barrel from long hours of use, the weight of it, so real to him that for an instant he could almost believe it was there. And with all his heart he wished it was true.

Charles Todd, Hunting Shadows

51G8SM0F5YL._SL250_A dangerous case with ties leading back to the battlefields of World War I dredges up dark memories for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge in Hunting Shadows, a gripping and atmospheric historical mystery set in 1920s England, from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd.

A society wedding at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire becomes a crime scene when a man is murdered. After another body is found, the baffled local constabulary turns to Scotland Yard. Though the second crime had a witness, her description of the killer is so strange its unbelievable.

Despite his experience, Inspector Ian Rutledge has few answers of his own. The victims are so different that there is no rhyme or reason to their deaths. Nothing logically seems to connect them—except the killer. As the investigation widens, a clear suspect emerges. But for Rutledge, the facts still don’t add up, leaving him to question his own judgment.

In going over the details of the case, Rutledge is reminded of a dark episode he witnessed in the war. While the memory could lead him to the truth, it also raises a prickly dilemma. To stop a murderer, will the ethical detective choose to follow the letter—or the spirit—of the law?


  1. I don’t believe that I’ve ever read a historical mystery, but your teaser makes me want to give one a go 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great choice for your teaser 🙂 I don’t really read much like this but it does sound intriguing.

  3. Great teaser! I’ll hope everything will go smooth for your book release. You have a talent I’ve been aspiring 🙂

  4. Your teaser certainly is descriptive!

  5. Good teaser. A new author for me, but I’m interested. Thanks for stopping by Write Note Reviews.

  6. Ohhh great teaser!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog for my TT!:)

  7. This book is new to me, but I like the teaser! I hope your enjoying it!

    Thanks for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers! 🙂

  8. Interesting teaser you got there 🙂
    Here’s mine:
    Stolen SongBird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)

  9. At the present, I’m reading my first murder mystery and this teaser fell right into place with where my thoughts have been 🙂 Great teaser!

    Travel Glasses | Chess Desalls

  10. Always looking for a new mystery. That’s a powerful tease. Very physical.
    Here is my TT – http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/09/23/teaser-tuesdays-82-leaves-by-michael-baron/

  11. You’ve chosen a book that sounds perfect for me, I love crime and this period of history so I’m going to check it out. Here is my TT http://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/teaser-tuesday-september-23/

  12. You know me, always up for a rip-roaring good murder mystery and the fact that it’s a series makes it all the better. I’ve never noticed the Ian Rutledge series before. Maybe because of the time period.

    My TT this week is from A Pirate Looks at Fifty by Jimmy Buffett at http://wp.me/pZnGI-dJ

  13. I do love a good murder mystery. Glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

    Our teasers: http://refractedlightreviews.com/?p=20862

  14. I enjoy a good mystery, and this one looks intriguing! Here’s my Teasers for this week: http://justasecondblog.blogspot.com/2014/09/teaser-tuesdays-september-23-2014.html

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