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Preview — A Lonely Death by Charles Todd
A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge #13)
“Todd’s Ian Rutledge mysteries are among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days.”
Critics have called Charles Todd’s historical mystery series featuring shell-shocked World War One veteran Inspector Ian Rutledge “remarkable” (New York Times Book Review), “heart-breaking” (Chicago Tribune), “fresh and original” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel...more
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 ...more
Haunted Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A Lonely Death is part of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series. Rutledge is a war veteran with a ride ...more
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
This was a fast-moving, grippi ...more
A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting character development, January 28, 2014
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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 ...more
Scotland Yard's, Ian Rutledge, was com ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
However, there is new pain for the tortured hero of the series. He is so consumed by trying to recover from the horrors he experienced in WWI. He is trying to hold onto his sanity and get back to normal; which basically seems out of reach from time to time. His work as an inspector for Scotland yard appears to anchor him and give him a base to heal and grow from; though sometimes the particular case ...more
One of my favorite Ian Rutledge mystery.
Oh I so much want Ian to find someone and get married and be happy!!
Meredith Channing is just not the one for him!! And in this book, maybe this will be the last time that they will see each other - she is so annoying!!
The mystery is great and was solved (along with another one) throughly!! Sometimes this mystery series doesn't completely solve anything or just ends. This book ends and that was fulfilling!!