The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #12)
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The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge #12)

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Lancashire, England, June, 1920. Who was the woman who lived and died behind the red door? What did she see before she died? And who was the man who never came home from the Great War, for the simple reason that he had never really gone? And why is Scotland Yard blind to the connection, even when Inspector Ian Rutledge points it out?
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by William Morrow & Company (first published December 10th 2009)
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Trish
When Charles Todd began the Ian Rutledge series, I remember writing an enthusiastic review for my local bookstore, and sharing my delight with friends. I kept my enthusiasm for several of the books in the series, but by book five or six my interest was already flagging. The reason could be the Hamish character, a kind of interesting literary tool, but one which has begun to seem a little ridiculous by book twelve.

In book twelve, The Red Door, Todd commmits the cardinal sin of fiction: the myster...more
Sue
Feb 25, 2011 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mysyery lovers, historical mystery readers
I think I may have liked this the best of all the Ian Rutledge books to date (and considered a 5 rating). There is a subtle change in our main character this time out and, to me, a subtle change in Hamish as well. But perhaps I'm reading too much into quiet and not so quiet moments.

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
Cindy
This historical mystery set in Britain in 1920 is the 12th in a series, although the story was mostly self-contained. I think a reader, especially a fan of old-fashioned type mysteries, could up pick up The Red Door and enjoy the story.

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
E
Usually I really enjoy the Todd books, but this time it really felt like two different people were writing it (which is always true, but more noticeable this time). The first part, where Ian is jolted by the train wreck and the fall-out from that, feels like something that has been needing to happen for a long time in these books - having him have some feelings and some depth and some connection with other characters. But then that is dropped and barely touched upon for the rest of the book, as...more
Mike
Ian Rutledge returns in his 12th case in "The Red Door." He must deal with a young knife wielding robber in London, a missing missionary, and the murder of a teacher named Florence in a distant village.

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
Stven
Jan 03, 2012 Stven rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stven by: library
There's a voice inside his head that keeps talking to Inspector Rutledge. But wait, it gets dumber. The voice has a Scots accent. It's called Hamish.

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
Mary
This entry doesn't quite reach the high standards of the previous 11 books in the series, though it is still a very enjoyable read.

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
Nicola Mansfield
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 w...more
Caroline
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 tho...more
Beth


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
Jim Magwood
If you're of a mind for a good, old-fashioned British mystery, this will bring back the Agatha Christie voice.

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
Deb
A paralyzed patient goes missing, a soldier who didn't return from France, a mugger's attack on Rutledge, and a train wreck are the threads that tie this gripping novel together. Rutledge is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Walter Teller and in a small village the widow of a missing soldier with the same name as Walter's brother is murdered. As Rutledge puts the pieces of a complicated puzzle together, he begins to understand that running away from involvement with his family...more
Elaine
I love Ian Rutledge. I love Hamish, his "side kick." I love the soothing British voice of the narrator in the audio version of "The Red Door." I love the quick vacation to England, to Mistletoe Cottage and Witch Hazel Farm and Scotland Yard in the post WWI era. The plot was sometimes confusing, perhaps because I was listening, and perhaps because I hit the shuffle button twice--oops. Still, the turns and convolutions of the Teller family (how can there be so many of them?) were fascinating and,...more
Jane Walker
I picked this up in a hurry in the library, without realising that I'd read one of this series before and didn't like it.
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
Rebecca
Inspector Ian Rutledge is a veteran of WWI, with his shell-shock manifesting itself in his head as the voice of a young Scottish soldier he failed in the war. Sometimes Hamish makes useful observations, helping Rutledge with his detecting, but sometimes he just forces Rutledge to re-live the horrors of the war.

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
Babs
I must admit, I'm addicted to this series. I am compelled to go on, even thought this one was less satisfying than the others. Inspector Rutledge is a hero, a tortured hero, its true, but one you just have to love and admire. Well, at least that's my opinion.

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
Diane
In fairness to the author (mother and son team of Carline and Charles Todd - writing as Charles Todd), this was my first book in this series - despite the fact that 11 previous mysteries have been released.

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
Patsyann
When reading these books I find myself yelling (internally of course) "If you could get fingerprints you could solve this case quicker"
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.
Ian...more
Melissa
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed it very much. I was caught from the first page and enjoyed it so much that I couldn't put it down and finished it in one day.

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
Judy
I can't believe that this is the 12th book in the Ian Rutledge series. The plot in this book is as good as the one in the first book in the series. It's July of 1920 and Rutledge is called in to investigate the disappearance of Walter Teller from a hospital in London. It seems strange to Rutledge that the Teller family leaves his wife in London alone while they fan out to check sites all over southern England where Walter may have gone. What's going on here? Does this family have a secret? Well,...more
Marie
In The Red Door, Inspector Ian Rutledge becomes involved in two cases. In one, a woman is found at home bludgeoned to death. Rutledge must figure out who the killer is as well as figure out what happened to the woman's husband a few years earlier. The other case involves an ill man who goes missing then suddenly reappears without warning or any sign of his illness. As Rutledge works the cases, he finds some disturbing details that might suggest the cases are bizarrely related.

This book is the t...more
Iowa City Public Library
I’m currently reading the new Charles Todd mystery, The Red Door, which is the latest in the Inspector Rutledge series. As I read it, I have a picture in mind of what Rutledge looks like…it’s this guy, the actor Anthony Howell. Some of you may recognize him as Sgt. Milner from the BBC show Foyle’s War. I’m not exactly sure how he got into my mind as Rutledge, but it probably has something to do with both of them just being back from a war, both being a bit wounded physically and psychologically,...more
Judith
A different kind of mystery, at least to me. Shortly after the end of WWI, Inspector Ian Rutledge is assigned two investigations: into a man who has been attacking people at night, and into the disappearance of a prominent citizen. He sets his own pace, however, not always showing up where he is expected to be.

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
KarenC

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
Bridget
Though I have not read the earlier books in this series, I did recently read the first of another series by Charles Todd, and wanted to see what the Ian Rutledge mysteries were like.

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
Buchstabentraeume
"Die rote Tür" ist ein ganz klassischer Krimi. Ein aus einem Krankenhaus verschwundener Patient, ein Mordfall, ein Angriff auf die Hauptperson - und die große Frage, wie das alles zusammenhängen könnte und wer der Täter ist. Dazu viele Gespräche mit Angehörigen, Bekannten und verdächtigen Personen, mehr passiert in diesem Buch nicht. Der Krimi ist gänzlich harmlos und unblutig, sonderlich spektakulär ist weder der Mordfall noch das Geheimnis, das hinter dem verschwudenen Patienten steckt.

Als Les...more
Linda
In this outing, Inspector Rutledge is still suffering from PTSD, brought on by the horrors of WWI, in the form of auditory hallucinations and nightmares. Because of the death of his best friend, the son of his godfather, Rutledge is having difficulty moving on. Nevertheless, he continues to do his job to the best of his excellent abilities, and while searching for a missing person, one Walter Teller, Rutledge himself is knifed by a mugger on Westminster Bridge. When a war widow living alone in L...more
Patrick
The was my first Charles Todd book, although i had been intrigued by these mysteries since I first read about them, ages ago. Charles Todd is a pen name used by a mother and son writing team. The mysteries are set in post WWI england and are the cases of Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the war who has returned to the scotland yard.

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
LJ
First Sentence: She stood in front of the cheval glass, the long mirror the Peter had given her on their second anniversary, and considered herself.

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
Lori
Fellow readers, I am OCD about reading series in order. I want to meet the characters as they introduce themselves and then see them develop and evolve over time. I want to re-acquaint myself with them in each new instalment, like keeping in touch with a very enjoyable friend who I only see once every year or so.

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
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Charles Todd is the pen name used by a mother-and-son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd.
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