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A False Mirror (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #9)

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    COMPLEXLY PLOTTED, POWERED BY SUSPENSE

    Ian Rutledge, an affecting, strong, yet vulnerable hero was first introduced by the mother/son writing team of Charles Todd in A Test Of Wills. He's a Scotland Yard inspector, a veteran of the Great War now battling the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jean, his fiancee didn't wait for him, he's haunted by the voice of Corporal Hamish MacLeod whom Rutledge was compelled to kill, and beleaguered by his superior, Chief Superintendent Bowles, who seems determined to break what is left of Rutledge's spirit. Seven novels followed the first, all tracing the tests and trials of Rutledge. Each is complexly plotted, powered by suspense, and insightful as the psychological scars of soldiers are revealed. A False Mirror is set not long after the end of World War I. Rutledge continues to suffer with memories of the carnage and his very personal involvement. We read, '.....how could he explain what war had done to him and to so many others? How could he describe watching Hamish fall, how could he tell anyone how the man had lain there, trying to speak to him, begging for release? And how could he ever condone drawing his revolver and delivering the coup de grace, the blow of grace.....? He is dispatched to a small community, Hampton Regis, to investigate the almost fatal assault on Matthew Hamilton. The man believed to be guilty is Stephen Mallory, a veteran who also suffers the after effects of war. He had known Rutledge during the war and there is little love lost between them. Mallory is also the man Felicity, Matthew Hamilton's wife, had loved before he went off to war. In his current state of mind would Mallory have tried to kill Hamilton in order to be with Felicity again? He swears that he is not guilty but fearing punishment for a crime he didn't commit he takes Felicity and her maid hostage in their home, Casa Miranda, swearing he will speak to no one save Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard. Thus it falls to Rutledge to determine whether or not Mallory is guilty and if he is not, who would want to attack Hamilton and why? Rutledge's investigation is hampered by the disappearance of the stricken Hamilton and two more deaths. Characterizations are rich while intriguing clues keep readers turning pages until they find a never-suspected killer. - Gail Cooke

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2008

    Todd Excels

    All of the Todd - Ina Rutledge series is excellent. His writing style is so fluid and vibrant that his books are like a movie. Reminiscent of the Jericho or Foyles War series on PBS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Well another five by our harriet

    Fortunately cannot tell the plot by her review and is a classic english mystery which tells all if you like them my dear mother a great reader disliked any book where they took tea! One of my favorite authors but not the other series curious mom

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2012

    To Be Read

    I haven't received A False Mirror as yet since it was just published today but if it is anything like the others, I know it will be interesting, compelling reading.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

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    Excellent

    Ian Rutledge's character development keeps getting better and better. Can't put this series down once I start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    Run....to the nearest cliff and throw this book off!

    Well the cover of this book was lovely. In fact it was the best part of the whole 'reading experience'. The plot was kind of odd. I don't like to give things away but the circumstances of the 'hostage taking' made no sense at all.
    But let me get to the major annoyance. Inspector Rutledge, God bless him is haunted by his World War 1 experiences and that is understandable, but he is accompanied everywhere by the disembodied voice of a dead comrade who 'helps' him deal with crime. I kept picturing a balloon with a happy face floating over his shoulder.
    It was just too weird and more than silly. I decided after half the book that I couldn't take it anymore. The authors are apparently mother and daughter. So, does the mother write while the daughter hovers behind her, or what? Maybe the other way around?
    Bad book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    superb historical mystery

    In the village of Hampton Regis, Stephen Mallory is accused of attacking Matthew Hamilton leaving the latter in a coma and currently holds hostage the man's wife Felicity and their maid Nan. The distraught WWI veteran demands that his former commanding officer Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge arrive at the scene as he refuses to neither speak with anyone else nor release anyone. --- Rutledge, who has his own issues from the combat (the ghost of Hamish MacLeod, whom he had executed during the war) rushes to the village. There the locals inform Ian that this is a love triangle turned ugly as everyone the Inspector speaks to explains that Felicity, Stephen¿s former lover before he went off to fight did not wait for his return from the recent war but instead married Matthew they also insist Mallory wants Felicity back and is willing to kill Hamilton to achieve his objective. Ian thinks the assault is too perfect and wonders who else might have a motive to harm Hamilton. He quickly draws up a list of possibilities, but none seem quite right except for Mallory. --- This is a superb historical mystery with the usual late twists and the message that those coming back from war return with potential deep rooted emotional problems from all the horrors they witness. The story line is fast-paced, but also vividly paints a deep picture of a small English village just after the end of WWI. Fans will feel for all the key players as each has ghosts to contend with, but none more than Rutledge and Mallory. A FALSE MIRROR is a winner in one of the best ongoing twentieth century police procedurals series. --- Harriet Klausner

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