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  • A Test of Wills

  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Samuel Giles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge goes to investigate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent first in series.

  • By tinyNorman on 25-01-14

Not very well written

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-18

To be honest this book is not in the first rank modern detective fiction. It is not so much the story itself, but the fact that the author just does not have the writing skills of authors such as Robert Goddard, Philip Kerr, Nicola Upson, David Downing and others, and I found that as I listened to it, it's style quickly became irritating and after a while I decided I didn't want to listen any more. If you consecutively read (or listen to) a Charles Todd book and one by one of the other authors I have mentioned, you will see the difference.

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