The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge #12)
In book twelve, The Red Door, Todd commmits the cardinal sin of fiction: the myster...more
As for the story, there are mysteries upon mysteries here and once again Rutledge is given the task of sorting out the guilty from the innocent. There are reminders of the War all around and reminders of his wound. A...more
Like all good mysteries, The Red Door is filled with lots of crime, twists, intrigue, a very large cast of shady characters. There are large middle-upper class families with many secrets, difficult co-workers, village-folk who try to be helpful, and solitary char...more
Charles Todd has constructed a series of puzzles seemingly unrelated but perhaps they are. We begin with Florence, an attractive woman, at the time of the Armistice. She is waiting for her soldier husband to return from France. She paints her front door a brilliant red for him to see when he comes...more
I can make a long list of things wrong with this book, but the constant "Ye ken, the lass hadna' telt ye" schtick made it worse every time.
The next most bothersome thing was that there was practically never any sense of place. Okay, at the very beginning of the book, we do get a nicely framed scene about a wartime wife waiting to welcome her husband...more
These books are more 'whydunnits' than' whodunnits' - if Todd gives you the clues to figure out everything that happened, I certainly didn't catch them all, though looking back everything fits together. The place and time are well established without hitting you over the head with geography and history lessons. The main mystery has plenty of twists and turns. Althoug...more
Jumping in with book twelve in a mystery series has the potential to cause some problems. As to an ongoing personal story there w...more
Charles Todd’s THE RED DOOR is one of the best in the twelve book series. Walter Teller, a missionary in China and Africa and a chaplain in WWI, is suddenly stricken with a paralysis. He is taken to an exclusive clinic in London where his wife, his brothers, Edwin and Peter, and their wives wait for some sign of improvement. The doctors are stymied and the family fears that Walter is dying. Then, as suddenly as the paralysis came on, it disappears and so does Walter. Ian Rutledge is assigned ano...more
The scene is post-WW I England and a family struggling to live with each other while hiding from ghosts of the past. Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is dealing with a number of characters and a number of violent scenes that all seem to have ties, but ties desperately needing unraveling. Are the red door, the knifings on the bridge, the death on the staircase and the broken Malacca c...more
It has the same faults. The authorial pair make jarring errors about England. No place name ends in "son". The road network in the 1920s, and the capability of the cars of the period, makes all the travelling Rutledge does highly improbable. And there a few Americanisms in the speech. Worse, however, is the way in which the convoluted plot unwinds so that, in the end, you don'...more
In this book, Rutledge gets involved with the Teller family when Walter Teller, a famous missionary and author, disappears from a hospital after an inexplicable case of paralysis. Later, R...more
He seemed more fallible in this book. He didn't seem on top of his game in investigating this latest murder he's been assigned to solve. That made this less satisfying to me. He seemed more in tune, more careful, more intelligent in previou...more
The mystery is set in early 1920. Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is called to investigate the disappearance of one Walter Teller. Walter was a missionary who disappeared from the Belvedere Clinic after suffering a mental breakdown which resulted from some war time trauma. At around the s...more
Solving mysteries without CSI or any forensics at all . The closest that this book came was a reference to comparing signatures.
Love these books.
Mysteries in rural England and in 1920 London. I can hear the accent (if not I just watch Law and Order UK on BBC America) I can smell the roses and see the cars driving around London. This book puts you in the car.
I kept thinking that I knew who the killer/killers was/were until the very end. I hadn't suspected that person in either case at all. Although looking back, the one does make sense.
I'm adding the previous 11 books in this series to my to-read pile so that I can get more background on the characters in the...more
This book is the t...more
The disappearance is of a former missionary, Walter Teller, followed his hospitalization for a mysterious illness. He apparently came out of the paralysis that siezed him and took off out...more
First Charles Todd, Inspector Rutledge book I've read. Received through Goodreads giveaway program and I'm glad to have won; have at least 11 new books to read!
Todd's characters have depth and human quirks that make them come alive. The setting descriptions are well done, evoking a time nearly a century ago; could be characterized as quaint. The dialogue sounds typical of the time. The overall effect evokes thoughts of a good Agatha Christie mystery.
The story has what at first seem to be multi...more
In this installment, Inspector Ian Rutledge is called on to investigate the death of a woman in the Lancashire countryside of England who may or may not have a relationship to a family that Rutledge has recently helped in London. The initial investigation, into the disappearance of Walter Teller from a hospital where...more
I liked the atmosphere and tone of much of this and the settings, but felt that the mystery was a disappointment. Too drawing room mystery-ish for me. I thought i...more
Insp. Ian Rutledge has two cases. First is disappearance of Walter Teller.
Rutledge finds the behavior of the missing man's family decidedly odd. The second case is of a violent robber who attacked Rutledge and who murders his next victim. Rutledge is pressured to solve both cases, especially as deaths mount in both.
This is another instance of an auth...more
But I was really pressed for a quick new read recently, between library reserves and had to make a hasty grab off the new book shelf. This cover intrigued me, so I broke my rule and read...more