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A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge #13)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,703 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns to solve his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times Book Review

A breathtaking blend of psychological complexity, haunting atmosphere, compelling twists, and impressive detail, the novels in the Ian Rutledge mystery series have garnered thei
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2011)
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A Lonely Death: Charles Todd's Mixture of War and Revenge

It's time to confess that I have my own guilty pleasures on my library shelves. Mine happen to be the Inspector Ian Rutledge novels by Charles Todd.

If you've not met Inspector Rutledge, this is definitely not your starting place. A Lonely Death is his twelfth case. The series dates back to A Test Of Wills.

So, I suppose that a bit of background is in order. Rutledge is an Inspector for Scotland Yard. He is not the favorite of Chief Superint
Lynne Perednia
One by one, WWI veterans in a small village are murdered. Alone in the wee hours of the morning as farmers or brewers, they are garrotted with the identity disc of a soldier left in their mouths. The names on the discs are not theirs. Why are they being targeted? Why are other men's names placed in their mouths? Was there anything that happened during the war that led to being murdered afterward? Or before that, when they were all lads in the village?

Haunted Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge
First Sentence: The sod had grown over the graves, turning the torn earth a soft green, and the rows of white crosses gleamed brightly in the morning sun.

Veterans of The War survived the horrors of fighting only to now be murdered in this Sussex village of Eastfield. Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is sent to find a killer whose mark is killing with a garrote and leaving identity disks, but not their own, in the mouths of the victims. How many more will die and might one of them be Rutle
Aug 29, 2012 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of historical mysteries
The latest (for me) of the Ian Rutledge mystery series finds him in the middle of career and personal crises. This time he is sent to Sussex to unravel the death by garrote of three local war veterans, all young men who had managed to make it home only to be murdered for no apparent reason. This case would tax Rutledge in personal and professional ways before its ultimate solution. As always, Hamish continues his invisible presence throughout the case, sometimes frighteningly strong. As well, he ...more

London, July, 1920 – Chief Inspector Cummins is clearing out his desk in preparation for his retirement. Ian Rutledge is helping him pack up his books when Cummins begins to talk about his years at Scotland Yard. He tells Rutledge that he enjoyed the hunt, the chase to catch the criminal but there is one case he has not been able to solve and it has haunted him for fifteen years. “I was a little superstitious about it, if you want the truth. I kept the folder on my desk for years, telling myself
Amy Corwin
I am a huge fan of the Inspector Ian Rutledge historical mysteries and this one is yet another engrossing read. Todd blends heartbreaking detail of the post WWI era with the psychological complexity of men trying to resume their lives after a devatating war.

In A Lonely Death, Rutledge is sent to Eastfield to investigate the deaths of three men. The men were garrotted when they were alone and identify tags were left in their mouths. But the names on the tags are not the men who were murdered. Th
A period detective story, set just after World War One. Scotland Yard detective Rutledge is called in to investigate the deaths of three men in a small Sussex village. It would appear initially that the deaths are unrelated apart from the timing. When Rutledge begins to ask questions a variety of possible connections begin to surface.

The writing here is very restrained, as befits the time period. There are continual references to the war and its effect on those involved. The quality of the writi

Laura Edwards
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Tess Mertens-Johnson
A Lonely Death is part of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series. He is a veteran and his second hand man is Hamish.

Chief Inspector Cummins, Rutledge’s mentor, is retiring, leaving behind the files on a cold case that has nagged at him for years. Sadly, he does not leave Rutledge his office and position, as much as he would like to. Rutledge has made some enemies at the top of the ladder, and they will plague him throughout the book.

Someone is murdering men in Eastfield that were WWI veterans
Jeannie Walker
Three soldiers meet a horrible death in a quiet countryside, after they successfully survived the horrors of the great war of World War I. There is a serial killer at loose and Inspector Rutledge of Scotland Yard knows this when a fourth soldier is found dead. Each one of the murder victims were strangled in a horrific manner. One of the victims even had a false leg and was no match for the clever and vicious killer. The murderer leaves little to no clues, except for similar items (a small ID di ...more
It's 1920 and World War I has been over for two years, but it is obvious that for many in Europe the war will never be over. People are identified and judged by what they did during the war, where they served, who they lost, and what physical and psychological wounds they carry. Inspector Ian Rutledge is called to a small village in Sussex where three former soldirs have each been garroted, three days apart, and each was found with a service ID disc in their mouths. Is revenge a dish best served ...more
It’s always tough to come into a series of books in the middle. I imagine it’s hard for an author, as well — to make sure that new readers have enough information to understand the story, without boring your longtime readers. A Lonely Deathby Charles Todd does an excellent job of involving you in the ongoing story. It made me want to seek out the rest of the series and add it to my TBR list.

A Lonely Death is part of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series. Rutledge is a war veteran with a ride
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I find this series more interesting than the other one by Todds. The shell-shocked Inspector Rutledge who has to face some of his war-induced inhibitions is believable. He also harkens back to Golden Age heroes like Wimsey and Inspector Alleyn. The Todds (mother and son) are competent writers and the plot here satisfying. But again there is to me something lacking. Perhaps I am simply too immersed in Golden Age originals.
Darcia Helle
This is the 13th book in the Ian Rutledge series, though you'd have no trouble picking this one up as a stand-alone. A British mystery, set just after WWI, the mother and son writing team called Charles Todd does a great job of transporting readers back in time. Inspector Rutledge is haunted by the war, as are most of the men we encounter. The women are left to deal with husbands who have returned much different than the men they'd married. As readers, we're constantly reminded of the lasting ef ...more
A Lonely Death is one of Charles Todd's best Inspector Rutledge installments yet. As office politics roil, Rutledge is sent to Hastings to investigate a series of murders involving WW1 vets. The investigation cuts close to the bone as far as his psychological health is concerned as does the suicide of a friend and fellow soldier. Rutledge is yet again the victim of his supervisor's hatred, and a surprising revelation is made when Meredith Channing asks for his help.
This was a fast-moving, grippi
Lisa Johnson
Title: A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge #13)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 343
Year: 2011
Publisher: William Morrow
Inspector Ian Rutledge is once again called out to a town away from London to investigate three murders of men who served together in the same company during WWI. There are six remaining members of this company who are living in the town and Ian fears that they will slowly be picked off by this clever killer if they don’t watch their backs. At first the men don’t take Ian seriously,
Bryan Higgs
I had been reading, at a friend's recommendation, the Bess Crawford series by this author (actually, a mother/son writing team). I went to the local library to look for another in this series, and found this book, one of a different series by the same author -- the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. It turns out that this one was number 13 in the series, so I should go back and read them in order because I suspect that there is some history that I would find useful in the earlier books.

I found this
This is the second book I have read in the Ian Rutledge series. I loved it. The focus on WWI is so interesting, particularly given our recent recognition of the anniversary of the start of the war. It was a devastating war and men returned home without adequate mental health focus to really cope. So along with the mystery, Todd weaves in the way that these wounded men and women cope (or not) with their daily life. This story is good and I loved the way that Rutledge pieces together the solution ...more
The best Ian Rutledge--and I've read all but the most recent one. A fascinating plot, good characterization, and at last a climax that really ends things in a worthwhile way, instead of just finding out whodunit out of left field. This is a worthwhile series for those who like the setting: post-WWI in England, and the Rutledge character.
Richard Brand
This Rutledge story was a little bit more straight forward as to the murderer. There were lots of complications but it was a little more satisfying than a few others I have read. I was glad to see that Rutledge is starting to think about a new romance, but Todd sure put an end to it quickly. Maybe it will come again.

A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting character development, January 28, 2014

This review is from: A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)

This was my first Inspector Ian Rutledge book in this series.
The Inspector finds himself on a case involving a possible serial murderer. Rutledge has been summoned after 3 horrific murders have taken place with another after he's already
These books are just starting to feel a little too formulaic and Rutledge just too distant. How about we have a book from Hamish's perspective?
Post WWI. Murders are happening and it looks like it has a link to PTSD and experiences in the war.
I think this is my favorite book by Charles Todd yet. The characters are amazingly real. Ian Rutledge is one of my favorite characters in all of literature. I wish I could meet him. (There is so much more I wish I could say to properly expresses how much I love this character, but I just can't find the right words to do him justice.) The setting was, as always, amazing. And, of course, like all the other boos by Charles Todd, the mystery always keeps you guessing. Thank you Charles Todd for anot ...more
I've read several books in this series by mother/son writing duo Charles Todd and they are consistently well written, both in plot and character. Steeped in rich and vivid period detail, they are set in England following WWI and feature Ian Rutledge, Scotland Yard detective, who fought in the war and suffers from PTSD -- which manifests itself via the ghost of Hamish, one of the soldier's who died while under Rutledge's command. Hamish is not a benevolent spirit, for he was killed by Rutledge's ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Three murders in a small town....Scotland yard is involved....all the same method of murder, but no weapon and no clues. The townspeople are terrified about who will be next especially since there is really no connection between the men who were murdered. The only similar thread is the victims were alone or in an isolated area and had been officers in the armed forces during WWI, and they all had identification discs in their mouths from other dead soldiers.

Scotland Yard's, Ian Rutledge, was com
The Ian Rutledge mysteries by Charles Todd is a remarkably well-crafted series. The authors have the craft of serious fiction writers while adding elements of mystery and veils of time, all without estranging the reader. In fact, the main characters are so admirable and likeable, one wishes they were part of one's group, rather than being stuck in a time shortly after WWI, when men of a certain age had been either gassed, shot, or shell-shocked into decrepitude before their time. But period deta ...more
This is my fourth Inspector Rutledge mystery, and I think it may be my last. Simon Prebble (audio book narrator) was as good as he always is. (Swear the man can make a phone book interesting.) The problem was that this book just wasn't as good as the other three I have read/listened to: A Pale Horse, The Red Door and A Matter Of Justice.

Hamish was still there inside Rutledge's head. Rutledge was still dealing with the war, the politics in The Yard, and all the regular stuff he deals with. Even M
I don't know how I could have missed Inspector Ian Rutledge in my constant search for new "detective" novels. But now I'll read others about him.

Inspector Rutledge is with Scotland Yard just after the Great War. He is a veteran and suffers some aftereffects. One is the nearly constant voice of Hamish MacLeod, a Corporal under his command, who refused a direct order from Rutledge and was sentenced to the firing squad. Now Hamish is the little bird on the shoulder, with whom Rutledge has conversat
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