The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12)

The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12)

by Charles Todd


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ISBN-13: 9780061726170
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Series , #12
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 70,869
Product dimensions: 8.34(w) x 11.18(h) x 0.88(d)

About 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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The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mother-and-son writing team of "Charles Todd" has given us anaother complex, affecting, and morally tough mystery for Inspector Ian Rutledge. It's 1920, and Rutledge works to solve two mysteries. The main mystery calls upon Rutledge to find a former missionary who has vanished from a London private clinic, where he was being treated for a neurological condition. Soon drawn into the stories--and lies--of the man's extended family, Rutledge tries to untangle why they are lying and how it connects to the missing man. In his search, he encounters the murder of a widow in an isolated village. The minor mystery (which seems too tidy and coincidental) involves a young man who robs--and, increasingly, kills-- men men walking along the Embankment at night. As usual, the convolutions of the plot never overwhelm the moral outrage, the pathos of the murders, and the anger at cowardice and meanness in relationships. Curiously, "Hamish" appears far less in this novel (although he is referred to often).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charles Todd has long been one of my favorite authors and THE RED DOOR is one of his best. If you are a fan you won't want to miss this one. Well written.
Doodus More than 1 year ago
As good as ever. Mother and son have done it again. Always love these stories, as they are the best of mysteries.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1920, WWI veteran, Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge still struggles with his military time though he successfully is able to investigate crimes (see A Matter of Justice) and conceal his mental issue Hamish even from his astute visiting godfather. Rutledge is assigned the case of the disappearance of missionary Walter Teller, who mentally broke down in London and was taken to a nearby clinic where he apparently left. The inspector questions Walter's family especially focusing on his two brothers, Peter and Edwin. Rutledge is next assigned to look into the Lancashire stabbing murder of Florence Teller, wife of an apparent different Peter Teller than Walter's brother; a Peter who failed to return from the Great War. Still he finds the surnames too coincidental to ignore though he cannot fathom the otherwise link beyond The Red Door that Florence painted for her husband who never came home. Extremely complicated, the latest Inspector Rutledge historical police procedural is a timely thriller on two fronts. First the hero and Walter suffer from post traumatic stress disorder as do many of our soldiers today; second the Spanish Flu of 1918 still leaves fear in many people as does Swine Flu today. The whodunit is super (though Hamish's voice feels somewhat irritating) and the depth of the era is as always insightful without superseding the mystery as team Todd provides another strong Inspector Rutledge tale. Harriet Klausner
IsolaBlue on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was my first experience reading Charles Todd who - I was surprised to learn - is actually two people: a mother and son writing team. I spent a good deal of time wondering how two people can write a book together. Does one do the plotting while the other writes and fills in details? Perhaps how the book was written was more intriguing to me than the book itself, although I must say that I enjoyed The Red Door. It made for comfortable escapist reading while enjoying the spring sunshine on the porch.The murder of a woman in a remote farmhouse in northern England leads Inspector Rutledge from Scotland Yard into a tangle of complicated family relationships involving the Teller family. There is a great deal of intrigue, but the Teller brothers seem to present very much the same so it is hard to distinguish one from the other aside from their occupations. The wives - Jenny, Susannah, and Amy - are difficult to keep straight; unfortunately they all seem to be the same person. Sister Leticia appears almost irrelevant to the story. Despite these flaws, the mystery is still intriguing. Inspector Rutledge is solid and likeable, and the voice of Hamish, his Scottish war buddy who speaks up from the depths of Rutledge's brain is an interesting "character" whose accent we enjoy, pronouncing the words aloud the way he might have said them. If I could have wished for more from The Red Door, it would have been additional details of the era. Although set in the 1920s, not long after the close of WWI, there was not much in the book that made the reader feel as though the action was taking place at that time. It could have been the 30s, 40s, or 50s. Only the cranking up of the engine on the 1920's era cars was any indication of the decade in which the story was placed. Descriptions of food, clothing, music, or current events of that time would have helped the novel. I loved the character of Jake, the parrot, though. And really, despite the criticisms and suggestions of ways to improve the Rutledge series of the future, I really did enjoy my hours on the porch with this book, and I might even read another Inspector Rutledge mystery in the future, if only to "hear" the voice of Hamish.
kaulsu on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I will do the unthinkable and tell anyone reading this review that...Charles Todd is, in fact, a mother-son writing team. I find this a delicious tidbit! No doubt both because the notion of working on a project with my own son sounds like a wonderful idea, and because of my fondness of "American Dreamer" (movie). This book frustrated me from the beginning with difficulty in keeping the characters straight....until I realized that was intentional.In the end, I must admit that I had not realized "who done it," which, I suppose, is the ultimate compliment to a mystery writer. The book is clearly part of a series, though I have not previously read any 'Inspector Ian Rutledge' books. Rutledge is a likeable sleuth. As is Hamish, ever-present in the back of Rutledge's own mind. Indeed, I think that Rutledge would miss that piece of his personality were he ever to be "cured" of this piece of WWI ptsd.
evenlake on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The disappearance of a prominent author and missionary leads Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge into the English countryside to investigate the death of a war widow. The twelfth novel in Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge series, The Red Door combines some of the best elements of modern mysteries and those of the Golden Age of Christie, Sayers, and Marsh. A close-knit family guarding a family secret, the English landed-class of the 1920s, a single-minded detective determined to find the truth are all staples of the Golden Age. But Todd adds the more modern elements of a flawed central character (haunted by the First World War), and characters who know "Chin up, old boy!" is not always the best response to the modern world.I haven't read any of the other books in this series, and doing so might have increased my understanding of some of the minor parts of the book (an old romance, a case in Scotland that traumatized Rutledge), but the book can be read and understood without reading the first eleven books. My only complaints are minor (in the first paragraph, a woman considers her reflection in order to describe what she looks like to the reader; a Scottish character whose accent is conveyed through all sorts of non-standard spellings and apostrophes), but overall it was an enjoyable read.
Mooose on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Reams of characters yet none will speak the truth. Ian Rankins racks up milage going from one murder scene to the other only to leave dissatisfied, the Teller wall holds fast.I felt this was one of the weaker Todd novels as the characters were too numerous, the story moved at a ponderous pace, and a number of questions were left unanswered.
cameling on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A man suffering what seems to be a nervous breakdown resulting in his paralysis, disappears from the medical facility he was in. Apparently he managed to dress himself and walk out of the place without anyone noticing. Inspector Rutledge, still fighting his own demons from the war, is called in to investigate. After interviewing the family members, he gets the sense that they are keeping something from him, but every avenue he goes down seems to be a dead end. Walking along a bridge, deep in thought, he is accosted by a youth who attempts to rob him at knife point. As oddly as he disappeared, the man reappears at the institution from which he walked away a week ago. But is everything as they seem? In the meantime, there seems to be someone on a robbing spree on the very bridge that Inspector Rutledge was on, and this time, a victim, a Member of Parliament was stabbed to death.As if that wasn't enough for Inspector Rutledge to deal with, a woman is found bludgeoned to death behind her front door. Who could have wanted to kill a woman, who, by all accounts, had no enemies and was much liked in her village? Was there a relationship between her and the family of the man who had disappeared?Before long, pieces of the puzzle start to fit, and certain secrets that were being kept start to emerge. But who would do anything to keep these secrets buried?A wonderful page turner and keeps the mystery all the way to the end.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A convoluted case for Inspector Rutledge, concerning a missing man and a murdered woman who may--or may not--be a relative. This series has been better, but it's worth reading.
tlryan1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the 12th in a series and my first read by Charles Todd, it is not necessary to read the other books first and I'll definitely be adding this series to my list of books to read. Readers of Elizabeth George and those who like historical fiction will enjoy this series.
Oryan685 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A very nice read. This was my first time meeting Ian Rutledge and I am coming in pretty late in the series, I think this is the 11th or 12th book, but that really didn't hinder my enjoyment of the book at all and it definitely peaked my interest in reading previous books in the series. I haven't read a good mystery in quite a while, and it has been even longer since I have read any mystery novels that were written in the British, Agatha Christie style and I found The Red Door to be a refreshing change of pace from other murder mysteries I have read. Ian Rutledge is an intriguing main character, the plot was engrossing and full of the kinds of twists that you want to see in a mystery, and it was an interesting novel without being grotesque like some mysteries have wandered into nowadays. I would say it was very proper without being boring and that I think Agatha Christie herself might have enjoyed it. Well done.
pharrm on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Insp Rutledge is off first trying to solve the disappearance of Walter Teller. The man is found unharmed but under mysterious circumstances. then Rutledge is called in on murder country murder of a woman of the same family name. Rutledge is in full investigative mode. Hamish (his inner voice) is with him again on this trip.
karen_o on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Walter Teller is taken suddenly hill driving home one day in the spring of 1920. His miraculous recovery is only evidenced by the fact that he's walked away from the clinic where he'd been a patient. Inspector Ian Rutledge os Scotland Yard is called in to search for the missing patient who returns of his own volition with as little reason for walking away as he appears to have for his return.Of course, it's difficult to say much more without giving away plot elements and, in a mystery, that's a very bad thing. There are a lot of twists and turns to the plot here, some of which I found over the top. However, I don't think that fans of the author's Ian Rutledge series will be disappointed by this latest offering. There's not as much of Hamish as some might like but there's plenty of the atmosphere of immediate-post-war England that Todd does so well.For those who've never read any of this series I wouldn't recommend this as a first venture. Start with the very first book and get an understanding of the Inspector's unique background and then jump about as much as you like.
reannon on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Charles Todd is the writing name of a mother and son team that produces extraordinary work. All but one of their books have been in the series about Ian Rutledge, a police detective in England. He is literally haunted by his experiences in World War I - a soldier he had to execute for refusing to fight now is a constant voice in his head.He manages to carry on, however. This is the twelth book of the series. A man named Walter Teller disappears for several days. He comes back on his own, but about the same time a Mrs. Peter Teller is murdered in a distant village. Walter has a brother named Peter, but he is married to another woman. The family claims no connection, but that seems unlikely.The book upholds the high standards of this excellent series. The tone of all the books is somber, as befits the tales of people who have lived through the horrors of the Great War. Charles Todd is excellent at plotting and characterization, and at recreating a world that has passed.Excellent book, excellent series.Disclaimer: I received this book free from the Amazon Vine program in return for reviewing it. I picked it, though, as a fan of Todd's work.
pak6th on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Another well crafted mystery by Charles Todd. Inspector Rutledge has to work several cases at once, with no help from his Chief Superintendent but lots from his nemesis Hamish. Rutledge soon figures out that one of the deaths is related to a disappearance but unraveling the who done it takes time, skill, and a lot of driving from here to there. He never seems to sleep!
cshigh on LibraryThing 8 months ago
not a huge mystery buff, but it sounded interesting. let my mom read it first and she liked it quite a bit. shall add this to my stack.
BenDKline on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Not a "super typical" mystery novel; but decently typical and I would say above average. Unlike some mystery novels where there's only one major plot point to question; this at least has two, still one the is a seemingly obvious - where at least the other is a bit more ingenious.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Reason for Reading: I've always wanted to read a book by this "author". The reason for reading the book now though is that this was actually the very first book I received in 2010 to review and while I was putting my piles of review, won, tbr, etc. books onto my new bookcase I found it grouped with the wrong books so I rectified the situation by making it my next read.Jumping in with book twelve in a mystery series has the potential to cause some problems. As to an ongoing personal story there was only a brief mention of that at the beginning and the end, plus some vague references to previous solved crimes which didn't interfere with my reading at all. What did make the book hard for me to get into was the character of Ian Rutledge. By this time, he is a well established character and readers are presumed to know him already. Being new to this type of character did hinder my getting settled into the story, especially since Rutledge is unlike any other inspector I've come across. Set two years after the end of the Great War, Rutledge is a war veteran who secretly suffers from emotional effects of the war, shell shock, which is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder. In particular, he carries around with him, so to speak, one of his fallen soldiers, Hamish, who speaks to him in his head and Rutledge needs to physically be aware that there is space for him, though he will never look at him, they do have conversations and Hamish can be considered to be Rutledge's partner as would be found in other books. This took some time for me to actually comprehend and now makes me want to start this series from the beginning.The story itself is wonderful. A full cast of characters connected in one way or another makes the list of suspects large but finite. The writing spends much time on the characters lives, giving each individual a real and true representation. Rutledge is given two cases to work on. The first involves a lone widow whose husband never returned from the War, who is found murdered at her own front door. The second is of a wealthy man who mysteriously disappears from hospital. The man turns up safe after being away long enough to cause considerable worry but soon Rutledge has more than just one body on his hands. A very clever mystery. What I usually term a "thinking man's" mystery. There are several secrets and mysteries along with the murder to solve and reveals come slowly and can change the reader's whole take on things. I had fun having the satisfaction of figuring out some secrets and mysteries but never could hold on to the murderer. In the end I was surprised.I really enjoyed this book. The time period is a perfect setting for British mysteries, invoking the charm of the the Golden Age writers, yet I wouldn't call this a cozy. This is much more a psychological drama with a lot of insight into the after effects of war, in all sorts of ways throughout British society. A very satisfying read and one that I will be adding to my must read list. Though I'll have to start at the beginning to get the full story on the intriguing Inspector Ian
princesspeaches on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I found it very difficult to get thought this crime novel. There were some really interesting and creative story lines, but it was so bogged down in minute details. I literally just wanted Todd to get to the point sometimes. Had it not been a review book, I don't think I would have finished it. However, my one caveat is that I generally do not like stories set in England. Clearly I didn't read the description well or I thought it sounded good anyway, but Id skip this one unless you follow the series or enjoy British crime novels.
BookLoverCT More than 1 year ago
I have read each of the Inspector Ian Rutledge novels in order. I enjoy all the recurring characters, especially Hammish. This story about the Teller family kept my interest throughout. Good post WWI reads.
BelleMM More than 1 year ago
This book is as well written as all in the Inspector Rutledge Series. Read one in the series and you will become an obsessed fan, wanting to read them all. Not only do you get a great mystery, but you get a bit of history, and an understanding of the aftermath of WW1 and of the soldiers after the war. It also gives you a better understanding of what shell shock is. One of the great things about these books is that while they all link together in progression, Todd writes in small explanations, so that you could read a book out of sequence without being confused. I recommend this very highly!
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