Book Review – A Fatal Lie

I normally love to read Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries. This book did not engage my heart as others have in the past.

The ingredients were all present: familiar PTSD, thrown into work, drive to solve the puzzle, and a good murder mystery. But the end result did not taste the same as the other Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries.

This story felt like a memory rather than the real thing. The mystery is still good and keeps you engaged. But the man, Ian Rutledge, lacks his usual presence. He is a mere shadow in the tale.

I want to see him change and experience life, but he is a mere observer in this book. That left me frustrated as a reader.

If you like mysteries, I highly recommend the series. This book, though, is not on par with the others.

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