A Matter of Justice (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #11)

A Matter of Justice (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #11)

by Charles Todd
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A Matter of Justice (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #11) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
voraciousreaderFL More than 1 year ago
Great story! I now have another mystery author to look-out for. I'll be acquiring as many of the previous Inspector Rutledge stories as I can find!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've become very attached to Ian and Hamish his "unconventional" partner. The story line is full of twist and turns. The settings are vivid and full of the mood of the seasons. Each book adds a little more to the person who is Ian Rutladge and his struggle with the aftermath of the war he survived. Characters return and others are added. Each is very real because each exhibits human behavior in all its endless variety,good,evil,kind,and self-centered. It's in determining who lets what behavior rule that we find our killer while also understanding who the victim really was.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1920, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is in Scotland attending his friend¿s Somerset wedding when his London based superior informs him to go to nearby Cambury to lead a murder investigation. Ian arrives at the affluent Hallowfield estate to find the ¿squire¿ former financier Harold Quarels hanging from a harness used to hold the Christmas angel used as part of the holiday gala. He and his inner ghost Hamish MacLeod, whom he had executed during the war, agree that whoever did this murder was extremely angry at the victim.

Constable Padgett who found the corpse is not very helpful and in fact he impedes the inquiry. In spite of the local cop¿s hindrance, Ian begins to learn that every villager, estate workers, and even Harold¿s wife loathed him and had motives to kill him. Additionally his business partner Davis Penrith and Quarels only recently ended their relationship and several people lost a ton of money due to Quarles's failed African investment strategy. However, Ian and Hamish feel all this just obfuscates the real reason for the homicide; which lies in revenge of multiple murders and theft during the Boer War two decades ago.

The latest Rutledge-MacLeod post WWI police procedural is a strong entry in one of the best anti-war series on the marketplace. Readers ironically know who is behind the murder and why long before Ian figures it out after additional killings occur. Although Hamish seems to behave himself a bit more than usual, fans will relish this excellent historical whodunit as Charles Todd affirms he is no chicken hawk as he once again makes it clear his position that war is only good for the profiteers and politicians.

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BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
I just discovered this Charles Todd series in January. I am reading them all, in order, and have enjoyed them all. I love to switch off my reading between several favored authors and each time, I look forward to getting involved in the Inspector latest mystery. The Harold Quarels story was excellent .. kept me guessing throughout. I enjoy Hammish, and try to 'read' it in his accent.
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BelleMM More than 1 year ago
I Started with the first book in this series a little over a year ago. I am addicted. The book starts a bit slow, but don't put it down, the author is building his story.... and what a story!! This author draws you in and paints a picture you can see in your mind. Totally immersing you in the world of Ian Rutledge and the time after the war. But not just the mystery itself but the plight of the people, and the soldiers after the war. So many widows and fatherless or orphaned children. History tends to leave that out. This book tells the good and the bad and weaves it into a page turning novel that will have you staying up late to read just one more chapter.
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I am hooked on Charles Todd's Inspector Rutledge mysteries. Todd gives the reader an in-depth look at the post WWI period in areas of England while the Inspector solves a murder mystery. The books are also a strong critique on war. Each of Todd's mysteries is engrossing and well written. I highly recommend them.
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Love the main character, Ian Rutledge, but this was not one of my favorite stories. Still a great read.
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ReaderShan33 More than 1 year ago
I love mysteries, but this one left me flat. I found it slow and boring. Maybe you would like it better. The cover is what enticed me...it looked creepy. But it turned out to just be so so.
lb7 More than 1 year ago
Good book! This is a good series and the authors are wonderful in the development of complex characters and also in informing the readers of the historical times that surround the story's setting.
jimb72 More than 1 year ago
A Matter of Justice is the 11th and most recent of Todd's Ian Rutlegde series, the adventures of a shell-shocked and haunted World War I veteran returned to his police detective's job at Scotland Yard. My son brought home a middle book in the series, A Cold Treachery, and we loved it. In 2.5 years, I have read them all and now eagerly await the 12th. A Matter of Justice shines as among my top favorites of the series, in which Rutledge attempts to solve a murder through deduction and questioning of all the players, while dealing with the ghost of a soldier, a good friend, whom he had shot for disobeying a direct order amid the horrid trench warfare of the war. In effect, the hero is getting on with life while being a victim of post-traumatic-stress disorder. These book are thrillers - psychological, drama, mystery and historical. None is predictable. Each has surprises and twists.
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I've read all eleven in the Ian Rutledge series and can't wait for the next one. His voice of "conscience" (or of "guilt", if you will) in his head is a creative twist on the detective partner genre. Having a flawed lead character is compelling and makes him seem even more real. I usually don't care for co-written novels, but they cleverly write as one persona ("Charles Todd") and I didn't even realize that it was a duo until book #3--bravo! Anxiously await #12.
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