The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12)
  • The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12)
  • The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12)

The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12)

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by Charles Todd
     
 

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Lancashire, England-June, 1920

Who was the woman who lived and died behind the red door? What did she see before she died? And who was the man who never came home from the Great War, for the simple reason that he had never gone to war? How is the woman′s death linked to his disappearance? And why is Scotland Yard blind to the connection,

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Lancashire, England-June, 1920

Who was the woman who lived and died behind the red door? What did she see before she died? And who was the man who never came home from the Great War, for the simple reason that he had never gone to war? How is the woman′s death linked to his disappearance? And why is Scotland Yard blind to the connection, even when Inspector Ian Rutledge points it out?

Editorial Reviews

Winston-Salem Journal
“Fascinating and compelling.”
Post and Courier (Charleston)
"An intriguing story that’s impossible to put down…reminiscent of Agatha Christie."
Marilyn Stasio
Twelve books into a series of mysteries set in England in the aftermath of World War I, the mother and son who team-write under the name of Charles Todd keep finding new ways to gauge the emotional effects of war on the living and the half-dead.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Set in 1920, bestseller Todd's 12th mystery to feature the shell-shocked WWI veteran and Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge (after 2008's A Matter of Justice) is one of the strongest entries yet in a series that shows no sign of losing steam. Rutledge first looks into the disappearance of missionary Walter Teller, who suddenly fell ill in London and later apparently walked out of the clinic where he was being treated. Rutledge questions members of Teller's immediate family, including his brothers, Peter and Edwin. After the resolution of the case of the missing missionary, Rutledge investigates the bludgeoning death of Florence Teller, apparently the wife of another Peter Teller, in Lancashire. Once again Todd (the pseudonym of a mother-son writing team) perfectly balance incisive portraits of all the characters, not just the complex and original lead, with a tricky puzzle in which the killer is hidden in plain sight for the discerning reader to discover. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Warning: skeletons in the family closet can be deadly. In Todd's 12th Inspector Rutledge mystery (after A Matter of Justice), set in post-World War I London, Rutledge struggles to find inner peace in a disillusioned world. His current assignment starts as a straightforward missing-person case of one Walter Teller but quickly blends into a murder investigation when a woman is killed in Lancashire. Village accounts suggest she was married to army officer Peter Teller, presumed dead. Is it just a coincidence that one of Walter's brothers is named Peter, who happens to be very much alive, living in London, and married to another woman? The Teller family emphatically denies that the dead woman is a relation, but Rutledge must uncover their secret before the killer strikes again. After introducing new sleuth Bess Crawford in A Duty to the Dead, the mother-and-son writing team returns to their popular series sleuth, the tortured but very human Ian Rutledge, with this engaging and atmospheric mystery. VERDICT Recommended for Anglophiles who love cozy, historical mysteries with a detective who is bent but never completely broken. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/09.]—Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L.s, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Inspector Rutledge confronts a war-weary family in 1920. Where is Walter Teller? An undiagnosed malady has sent him to the Belvedere Clinic. His wife Jenny, his sister Leticia, his brothers Edwin and Peter and their wives Amy and Susannah worry over him, then become alarmed when he disappears. Family members hare off in all directions to find him, reuniting when Scotland Yard sends Inspector Rutledge to help. Nobody seems eager to confide in Rutledge, who, accompanied by the hectoring ghost of Hamish, a soldier he executed during the Great War, wonders if the Tellers of Essex are related to recently murdered Florence Teller, a widow from Hobson. Her husband Peter never returned from the war. Are her Peter and the Essex Peter one and the same? Was she killed to cover up not only bigamy but illegitimacy? And is her death related to Walter's illness? Peter, his leg gimpy from war wounds, falls downstairs and dies. Jenny, distraught at Peter's possible perfidy, succumbs to laudanum poisoning. Walter returns, then vanishes again, only to be waylaid himself. While sorting through the family travails, Rutledge must confront a former suitor of Florence with family woes of his own, as well as a triple murderer who's prowling Westminster Bridge determined to slay Rutledge. Departing from Rutledge's earlier cases (A Matter of Justice, 2008, etc.), the caprices of fatherhood take precedence over the iniquities of war this time, with a subdued Hamish and an emotionally reawakening Rutledge along for the ride. Author tour to Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco
San Jose Mercury News on The Red Door
“Compelling.”
Mystery Scene
“A complex story with lots of unexpected twists and turns….A fun ride to a surprising conclusion.”
Sun-Sentinel (Florida)
“In The Red Door, Charles Todd shows again that this series about Ian Rutledge, a battle-fatigued World War I veteran and Scotland Yard detective, is as fresh and original as when the shell-shocked detective debuted 12 novels ago.”
World magazine
“The book is more than a whodunit. Todd’s characters are well-wrought, his settings evocative, and the book a pleasure to read.”
Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Superb…haunting tale of love and loss.”
San Jose Mercury News
“Compelling.”
Winston-Salem Journal on The Red Door
“Fascinating and compelling.”
Sun-Sentinel (Florida) on The Red Door
“In The Red Door, Charles Todd shows again that this series about Ian Rutledge, a battle-fatigued World War I veteran and Scotland Yard detective, is as fresh and original as when the shell-shocked detective debuted 12 novels ago.”
Globe and Mail (Toronto) on The Red Door
“Superb…haunting tale of love and loss.”
Mystery Scene on The Red Door
“A complex story with lots of unexpected twists and turns….A fun ride to a surprising conclusion.”
World magazine on The Red Door
“The book is more than a whodunit. Todd’s characters are well-wrought, his settings evocative, and the book a pleasure to read.”
Post and Courier (Charleston))
"An intriguing story that’s impossible to put down…reminiscent of Agatha Christie."
Post and Courier (Charleston
“An intriguing story that’s impossible to put down…reminiscent of Agatha Christie.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061726170
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Series:
Inspector Ian Rutledge Series, #12
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
139,725
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Charles Todd is the author of eleven Ian Rutledge mysteries, the first Bess Crawford mystery, and one stand-alone novel. A mother-and-son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.

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