By Charles Todd
Within the ruins of Yorkshire's Fountains Abbey lies the physique of a guy wrapped in a cloak, the face lined via a fuel masks. subsequent to him is a publication on alchemy, which belongs to the schoolmaster, a conscientious objector within the nice conflict. who's this guy, and is the research into his demise being manipulated through a thirst for revenge?
in the meantime, the British warfare workplace is looking for a lacking guy in their personal, a person whose warfare paintings was once so mystery that even Rutledge isn't informed his genuine identify or what he did.
the quest takes Rutledge to Berkshire, the place cottages as soon as outfitted to accommodate lepers stand within the shadow of a good white horse lower into the chalk hillside. the present population of the cottages are outcasts, too, hiding from their very own pasts. Who between them is telling the reality approximately their buddies and who's twisting it?
here's a puzzle requiring all of Rutledge's bold and ability, for there are layers of lies and deception, whereas a ruthless killer is decided to carry directly to freedom at any rate. And the light horse looming overhead serves as a reminder that loss of life is rarely comprehensive with somebody, least of the entire males who fought within the trenches of France.
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The nice warfare continues to be raging within the autumn of 1916, whilst Francesca Hatton's loved grandfather dies at the kinfolk property in
England's remoted Exe Valley. Grieving for the fellow who raised her, Francesca is shocked to discover an unsigned letter between his results, cursing the Hattons and their descendants. Now a stranger has proven up on her doorstep, accusing her grandfather of being a murderer.
Ex-soldier Richard Leighton blames Francis Hatton for the loss of life of his mom, who vanished approximately 1 / 4 of a century prior. Her physique was once by no means stumbled on, just a scarf stained along with her blood. And Leighton isn't the just one with a declare on Francesca's grandfather. at the day of his funeral, unforeseen viewers arrive with the mourners, and Francesca is besieged by means of fees of Hatton's vicious dealings. but there's additionally a shy younger lady who praises his mystery generosity.
At the heart of the intrigue is an strange white stone that lies hidden in a secluded backyard the place Francesca as soon as performed together with her 5 male cousins, them all useless now at the battlefields of France. based on the phrases of Hatton's will, the homicide Stone has to be dug up and transported to Scotland, the place it's to be buried perpetually. yet ahead of Francesca can start the adventure, a chain of ominous "accidents" happen, culminating within the discovery of a bleeding physique at the homicide Stone itself.
Was Hatton the loving, worrying protector his granddaughter constantly believed him to be?
Or a vindictive, secretive guy who cultivated risky enemies? Francesca units out in pursuit of the truth--and into the points of interest of somebody made up our minds to certain a revenge lengthy past due.
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Extra resources for A Pale Horse (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 10)
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A Pale Horse (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery, Book 10) by Charles Todd