Thursday, December 3, 2009

Book Review: Red Door

Title The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
Author Charles Todd
Rating ****
Tags mystery, series, ian rutledge, england, post ww1 

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.

Publication William Morrow (2010), Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date 2010
ISBN 0061726168 / 9780061726163

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