A Test of Wills
  • # of Books:
  • First Book:
    August 1996
  • Latest Book:
    February 2022
  • Genres:
    Historical Police Procedural
  • Setting:
    1920's England
  • Characters:
    Ian Rutledge, Scotland Yard Inspector
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The Inspector Ian Rutledge Series in Order (27 Books)

Order Book Date Rating
1 4
2 4
3 5
4 5
5 5
6 4
7 5
8 5
9 4

10 4
11 5
12 4.5
13 4.5
14 4
15 4
15.5 (e) 3.5
16 4
17 5
18 5
18.5 (e) 4
19 5
20 5
21 5
22 5
23 5
24 5
(e) 4

Book Descriptions for series: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

  • Book - 1

    It's 1919, and the War to End All Wars has been won. But for Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, recently returned from the battlefields of France, there is no peace. Suffering from shell shock, tormented by the mocking, ever-present voice of the y...

  • Book - 2

    Inspector Ian Rutledge is quickly sent to investigate the sudden deaths of three members of the same eminent Cornwall family, but the World War I veteran soon realizes that nothing about this case is routine. Including the identity of one of the dead...

  • Book - 3

    A dead woman and two missing children bring Inspector Rutledge to the lovely Dorset town of Singleton Magna, where the truth lies buried with the dead. A tormented veteran whose family died in an enemy bombing is the chief suspect. Dubious, Rutledge ...

  • Book - 4

    The weathered remains found on a Scottish mountainside may be those of Eleanor Gray, but the imperious Lady Maude Gray, Eleanor's mother, will have to be handled delicately. This is not the only ground that Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard mus...

  • Book - 5

    In a marshy Norfolk backwater, a priest is brutally murdered after giving a dying man last rites. For Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge, an ex-officer still 'recovering from the trauma of war, it looks to be a simple case. Yet the Inspector finds himself ...

  • Book - 6

    In 1912 [Scotland Yard Inspector] Ian Rutledge watched as a man was condemned to hang for the murders of elderly women. Rutledge had helped gather the evidence that sent Ben Shaw to the gallows. And when justice was done, Rutledge closed the door on ...

  • Book - 7

    "You'll hang for this -- see if you don't! That's my revenge! And you'll think about that when the rope goes around your neck and the black hood comes down...." Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutle...

  • Book - 8

    Scotland Yard's Inspector Ian Rutledge brought the Great War home with him -- and its horrors haunt him still. On New Year's Eve, 1919, he finds a brass cartridge casing -- similar to countless others he'd seen on the battlefield -- on the steps of a...

  • Book - 9

    Hampton Regis, a small harbor town on the southern coast of England, is a most unlikely place for violence. Yet, one spring morning, a man is found on the strand so severely beaten that he slips in and out of consciousness. The prime suspect? His wif...

  • Book - 10

    In the ruins of Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey lies the body of a man wrapped in a cloak, the face covered by a gas mask. Next to him is a book on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector in the Great War. Who is this man, an...

  • Book - 11

    At the turn of the century, in a war taking place far from England, two soldiers chance upon an opportunity that will change their lives forever. To take advantage of it, they will be required to do the unthinkable, and then to put the past behind th...

  • Book - 12

    New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd brings back Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge in another riveting mystery set in post-World War I England Lancashire, England, June 1920. In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has be...

  • Book - 13

    Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns to solve his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as outstanding by the New York Times Book Review A breathtaking blend of psychological complexity, ...

  • Book - 14

    Scotland Yard's best detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, must solve a dangerous case that reaches far into the past in this superb mystery in the acclaimed series Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and ...

  • Book - 15

    Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge must contend with two dangerous enemies in this latest complex mystery in the New York Times bestselling series An unidentified body appears to have been run down by a motorcar and Ian Rutledge is leading the investiga...

  • Book - 15.5

    A brand-new Ian Rutledge e-original novella from Charles Todd, including a special excerpt from the next Rutledge novel, Hunting Shadows, available this January. It’s 1915, and the Great War is barely six months old. Lieutenant Ian Rutledge has ...

  • Book - 16

    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 Yo...

  • Book - 17

    New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd takes readers into Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge's past--to his perplexing final case before the outbreak of World War I. On a fine summer's day in June, 1914, Ian Rutledge pays little notice t...

  • Book - 18

    In this absorbing new entry in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is caught up in a twisted web of vengeance and murder. On the north coast of Cornwall, an apparent act of mercy is repaid by an arrest f...

  • Book - 18.5

    Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge returns shell shocked from the trenches of World War I, tormented by the memory of Hamish MacLeod, the young Scots soldier he executed on the battlefield. Now, Charles Todd features Hamish himself in this compe...

  • Book - 19

    Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge finds himself caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to World War I in the nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling series. On the eve of the bloody Battle of the ...

  • Book - 20

    On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twenti...

  • Book - 21

    Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge seeks a killer who has eluded Scotland Yard for years in this next installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series. An astonishing tip from a grateful ex-convict seems implausible -- but Inspector Ian ...

  • Book - 22

    Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge is assigned one of the most baffling investigations of his career -- a cold murder case with an unidentified victim and a cold trail with few clues to follow. Chief Inspector Brian Leslie, a respected colleague...

  • Book - 23

    In one of his most puzzling cases, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge must delve deep into a dead man’s life and his past to find a killer determined to keep dark secrets buried. A peaceful Welsh village is thrown into turmoil when a terrified...

  • Book - 24

    In this newest installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is faced with his most perplexing case yet: a murder with no body, and a killer who can only be a ghost. Spring, 1921. Scotland Yard send...

  • In an original short story by New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge must put all his detecting skills to use to solve a baffling case. A man and his young daughter were returning home from a dinner party...


A Lonely Death
2011 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Historical Mystery

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are 27 books in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series.

The Inspector Ian Rutledge series does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, A Game of Fear (Book 24), was published in February 2022.

The first book in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series, A Test of Wills, was published in August 1996.

The Inspector Ian Rutledge series primarily falls into the Historical Police Procedural genre.