In the years following World War I, Inspector Ian Rutledge remains haunted. His fiancee left him to marry another man, and a woman he has been involved with ends their relationship.

Rutledge travels on assignment from London to the small community of Dudlington to investigate the shooting of a constable with a bow and arrow. As Rutledge questions the locals about the attack, he also becomes interested in the prior disappearance of Emma Mason, a beautiful young woman who has been missing for several years.

Rutledge's no-holds-barred investigation is nicely peppered with personal conflicts between the complex characters. Though Dudlington's residents initially appear to lead rather humdrum lives, their pasts are slowly unearthed to reveal dark secrets. Intrigue is never in short supply in this quietly riveting historical mystery. (Jan., 424 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick