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The superb new entry in the historical series The New York Times Book Review hails as "outstanding" and the Cleveland Plain Dealer calls "superb"

At the turn of the century, in a war taking place far from England, two soldiers chance upon an opportunity that will change their lives forever. To take advantage of it, they will be required to do the unthinkable, and then to p

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Published January 6th 2009 by BBC Audiobooks America (first published 2008)
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Lewis Weinstein
The plot line has its fascinations and complexity. I felt Inspector Rutledge's frustrations as he pursued one dead end after another.

However, the tension was seriously diminished by the disclosures in the beginning of the book. The reader always knows more than the detective, which eliminates the opportunity to guess "who done it."

A more serious problem, at least for me, was that I really didn't come to care about any of the characters. None of them are developed enough to become whole people.

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LJ
A MATTER OF JUSTICE (Pol. Proc-Ian Rutledge-England-1920) - Ex
Todd, Charles (Charles and Mary Todd) – 11th in series
HarperCollins, 2009, ARC – ISBN: 9780061233593

First Sentence: Ronald Evering was in his study, watching a mechanical toy bank go through its motions, when the idea first came to him.

During the Boar War, Harold Quarles committed a heinous act of cowardice, brutality and, along with a partner, greed. Twenty years’ later, Inspector Ian Rutledge has been call to the town of Cambury. Th
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Gretchen
Ordinarly I love this series, but this one was disappointing. The writers (mother and son) seemed to be hard pressed to fit Hamish in, and Rutlege moved for place to place to place looking for evidence. The other characters felt squeezed in. Plot: An unloved son seeks revenge for the death of his older brother in the Boer War. His mother has begged him to do so on her deathbed. The we skip to a grotesque murder of a well-to-do business man in his country estate. Enter Rutledge, who appears to be ...more
Astraia
Until about page 280, I was totally engrossed. I loved the way the suspects were presented and enjoyed the detective(s.) The ending was what killed it- meandering and uninteresting.
Andy
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Pat
I'm ambivalent about this series. I've liked some of the books and not others - probably depending a lot on how intrusive Inspector Rutledge's internal voice (Hamish, a dead colleague from WWI battlefields) is. He's not very intrusive in this one. In this book, however, Todd carries off quite a feat. The reader is always ahead of Inspector Rutledge because the reader knows from the first chapters who the murderer will be, who sets the murder in motion, and the background behind the relationships ...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: A Matter of Justice (Inspector Ian Rutledge #11)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 330
Year: 2009
Publisher: William Morrow
The psychological aspect is ramped up in this novel. Inspector Ian Rutledge is called from a friend’s wedding celebration to take over an investigation of the murder of a member of the local gentry that universally was disliked. Ian has his hands full of suspects where normally his investigations take time to turn up a single suspect. Several in the town have motives to kill th
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Carl Brookins
A thoughtful, insightful look at the implications of our actions. Again features the damaged WWI veteran and Scotland Yard detective, Ian Rutledge. He's faced with a murder, impelled by a desire for revenge some twenty plus years in the future. The ripples of a simple lie spread and spread, gradually enveloping an entire English hamlet, the good and the bitter folks. A thoughtful examination of the human condition.
Lisa
One of the best in this series so far--an engrossing plot without the mix-up of characters or the bogging down that can occur in the Ian Rutledge series--obviously not enough to make me stop reading them! This one is a keeper.
Clare
I discovered Charles Todd through an audiobook and loved his character, a Scotland Yard detective carrying guilt and the spirit of a dead soldier with him after WW I. I should point out that the supernatural element is background for the character, not the plots, used to reveal the depth of anguish Ian Rutledge suffers for the men he lost in the war. In this book we know, or think we know the murderer, but as Rutledge works to know both victim and suspects (there are many) we begin to doubt our ...more
Shonna Froebel
This is the 11th in the series featuring Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, a man shell-shocked in WWI and haunted by one of his men whose death he feels responsible for.
In this case, Rutledge is called to a small village to investigate a murder where the victim's body has been displayed in an unusual way. He has just come from the wedding of a good friend and is the nearest inspector to the village. He finds the local inspector not entirely open about all the local feelings surrounding the v
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Megan Hay
Okay so this was definitely better than the last Ian Rutledge book I read. Still there's something missing from the first ones. Ian is getting to be a better detective in terms of finding out the whole story rather than lucking into it, and we're finding out more about His struggles with Hamish; in the last two it seems like Hamish is getting stronger rather than Rutledge healing. Healing seemed to be the trajectory before A Pale Horse. I guess Hamish was more of a side kick who was kinda helpin ...more
Mike
Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge returns in his eleventh outing, this time investigating the death of a man so hated that almost any person who had dealings with him wished him dead. But, for Rutledge, it is a matter of justice, "even for an ogre."

The old saying "Revenge is a dish best served cold" drives the plot in "A Matter of Justice." In a riveting departure from previous plotting devices, we know exactly who the murder victim is and the reason for his death. It's a matter of Rutledge putting th
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P.d.r. Lindsay

Charles Todd is an American mother and son writing team. Inspector Ian Rutledge is their Scotland Yard inspector who stars in a series of novels set in the 1920s. ‘A Matter of Justice’ is the latest novel in the series.

I always have reservations about American authors who claim to love England. England is the first error, it’s the United Kingdom, usually shortened to the UK, or Britain please. Saying England insults the Scots, Irish and Welsh who are part of the nation Such authors say they vis
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Walt
I like to be original in my reviews. Unfortunately reading the Charles Todd mysteries I can't do better than being redundant...."I only recently (within the last two months) began to read the Ian Rutledge Mysteries. I am exceptionally impressed with Charles Todd (and his mother) for writing such a series. I go from one book to the next - without hesitation and in anticipation."... All I can say is if you want to read the series - buy ALL the books at the same time and read them in order !!!
Patsyann
I just keep reading these books because I love the mystery and the characters.
This was a mystery in which you know who the guilty person is at the beginning.
Ian Rutledge and Meredith Channing need to get together!! But then would the books be the same? Would Ian change so much that he couldn't solve mysteries? Maybe that's why they don't get together.There is more then one killer in this book - and all the killers were surprises in the end. Fingerprints, warrants and DNA evidence would have solv
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Sheila
A successful middle aged business man is found murdered and Inspector Rutledge is sent to investigate. He finds almost everyone in the small village despised the man, even his wife appeared to live as his wife in name only. As Inspector Rutledge continues his investigation, he discovers a trail that leads him back to events that occurred twenty years previously when the man served in the Boer War. A good book and with a bit of a different twist.
Lindz
Detective Ian Rutledge is attending a friend's wedding when he is called away to the scene of a murder. A man is murdered and hung from the roof of a barn. As Rutledge investigates though he discovers no one wants the murderer found, and the villagers hate the dead man almost universally.

At first I was a little concerned about their decision to introduce the murderer so early in the book, but in the end I thought this actually added to the enjoyment. I knew what was coming, but watching Rutledge
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Bonnie
Another great Ian Rugledge mystery. This one starts out letting you know a deed that is later uncovered by the detective. I worried that it would make the rest of the book dull, but there are enough other mysteries involved, plus the very real seeming characters, that I was not only kept guessing by intimately involved until the very end. The authors of this series have an uncanny ability to describe and express the human dilemma.
Sheri
What a great story!

I just love reading anything by Charles Todd. This was a wonderful book, full of twists and turns and is another fine addition to the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. The perspective of how the war affected Inspector Rutledge is sorrowful but fascinating. I look forward to reading more in this series, as well as the Bess Crawford series and the stand-alone books by Charles Todd.
Tracy
If you lie, cheat and steal chances are good it'll all catch up with you one day. That's what's going on here. Two young British men on a train on the way to the front of the Boer war hide under their seats when the Boers attack. They find the lieutenant wounded and lying on sacks of money. One talks the other into going for help while he (the one left behind) shoots the wounded, buries the money, and sets the train on fire. The two men later hook up, take the money, and go into banking back in ...more
Laura
I do like these Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries set in WWI era. This particular story was well titled, A Matter of Justice. Not just a simple "Who done it?" plot. Ian's continual struggle with the voice that consistently talks to, and torments him, always adds another dimension to this series.
Judy
This is the 11th book in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series and the books just keep getting better. I'm in awe of this mother-son writing team who live in two different states and who continue to produce such well-written mysteries set in post World War I England. Revenge is, indeed, a dish best served cold and Inspector Ian Rutledge has the difficult task of discovering who killed Harold Quarles. It seems that everyone in the village hated him (including his wife), but most residents said that w ...more
Laura
It's always good to find a new author that you love! Author Charles Todd, however, is actually a mother-son team. This book is a mystery but also historical fiction. The main character is Inspector Ian Rutledge and the time frame is right after WW I. Rutledge brings his experiences in the trenches to his work for Scotland Yard, and there's plenty of effort needed to solve the mystery in this book. I loved the setting, the mystery-solving-without-modern-forensic-capabilities, the relationships be ...more
Krishna Shah
The storylines explores a death in a small village and police inspector Rutledge goes hunting for a killer. I love that in almost each of the books, there is a strong woman character. They find a way to maintain the rules of society but follow their own path.
Elaine
There are a great many better English series of detective fiction, but Inspector Rutledge does have his moments, and I'm sure many fans. The writing is okay, but the investigating was a bit slow for my taste. Nice light reading or audio for the car.
Veronica
Another well paced mystery that is solved by Inspector Rutledge. I found this one more difficult to get into as Todd spends several chapters informing the reader of early events that will of course be very important to the story.
Sandie
I liked this book and my book group did as well. It is written by Charles Todd, a mother and son combination and they do a good job. Some of the book takes place in the Boer War, and some in post WWI England. Inspector Ian Rutledge is a university educated Scotland Yard policeman, who gets referred to the countryside to help out investigate a murder. Rutledge is suffering from PTSD from events during his participation in the Great War. The victim was universally disliked and there are plenty of ...more
Kimmie
The author does a wonderful job describing the emotional destruction of people after WWI. The entire series strives to describe the brutality of both war and living after a war with compassion for everyone involved.
Mam
Love this mother/son writing team. I also like the Jiminy Cricket-like voice of conscience in the form of departed comrade Hamish. This was not as enjoyable as the others of this series, but still a good read.
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