The first book in the series featuring shell-shocked World War One veteran Inspector Ian Rutledge.
Ian Rutledge comes home from the trenches of the Great War to spend long months in hospital with what is now called PTSD. Jean, the young woman he planned to marry, leaves him and Rutledge faces a bleak future.
Fighting back from the edge of madness, he returns to his career at Scotland Yard where Chief Superintendent Bowles is determined to break him. And so Rutledge finds himself in Warwickshire where the only witness to the murder of Colonel Harris is a drunken ex-soldier suffering from shell shock.
Rutledge is fighting his own battles with the voice of Corporal Hamish MacLeod in his head, survivor’s guilt after the bloody 1916 Battle of the Somme. The question is, will he win this test of wills with Hamish — or is the shell shocked witness a mirror of what he’ll become if he fails to keep his madness at bay?
Introducing Inspector Ian Rutledge in A Test of Wills, a well-written, well-plotted and engaging mystery.
My Amazon link A Test of Wills: The First Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery