The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12)

The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12)

by Charles Todd
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The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge Series #12) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 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
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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