Hunting Shadows is another winner from this mother-and-son writing team. Strong atmosphere and a complicated mystery make this book one that readers won’t be able to put down. Set in England after WW I, both the history and atmosphere of the time are perfectly balanced. The devastating loss of so many soldiers and the physical and emotional crippling of the men who returned from war — such as Rutledge, who suffers from what we now call PTSD — permeate the story.
Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is sent to the small English town of Cambridgeshire to investigate two murders: Captain Hutchinson was shot at the entrance to Ely Cathedral where he was attending a society wedding and then a man of Parliament was shot by the same sniper. Rutledge is expected to find the murderer quickly, but there is little to go on and the town’s residents are holding their secrets close. A connection between the case and the war brings out Rutledge’s emotional burdens. Can he identify the killer before his own demons catch up with him — or before he is killed? (MORROW, Jan., 352 pp., $25.99)