A PALE HORSE
This mother–son writing team delivers another spine-tingling mystery, set in the 1920s, led by their unflappable sleuth, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. Great characters and a fast-paced plot make this novel a page-turner.
Five Yorkshire boys discover the body of a man covered with a cloak and wearing a World War I-era gas mask. Though they're sworn to secrecy, they remain terrified of the image of the man.
Rutledge, meanwhile, is sent to Berkshire because the War Office can't locate Gaylord Partridge, a man who's gone missing. As Rutledge interviews locals to determine Partridge's whereabouts, he feels the constant presence
of the White Horse, a chalk figure that's been drawn into the hillside there, which brings back memories of his years in the WWI battlefields. Rutledge also searches for the identity of the man murdered in Yorkshire. Could it be Partridge? Can he piece together the puzzle before there are more murders? (Morrow, Jan., 368 pp., $23.95)