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The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge #12)

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“One of the best historical series being written today.”

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The accolades keep pouring in for Charles Todd and his New York Times Notable, Edgar® Award-nominated series featuring British police inspector and shell-shocked World War I veteran Ian Rutledge. In The Red Door, a disturbing puzzle surrounding a lie, a disappearance, and a woman’s death en
ebook, 275 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by William Morrow (first published December 10th 2009)
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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
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bring on the next in the series. No time to write a review - got to keep reading!
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
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fredrick Danysh
Just one year after the end of World War I, Inspector Ian Rutledge in involved in two murder cases. A woman's whose husband never returned from the war is murdered and clues lead to a well connected family. A mugger is killing people in London and Rutledge was almost a victim himself. The whole time he is plagued by a ghost in his head. This is a vintage style British who-done-it.
Karen Potts
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sienna
Shelves: mysteries
A complex & enjoyable mystery. Hard to keep all the characters straight at first but it all gets resolved at the end.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first book by [pseudonymous] Charles Todd. I usually think of novels with risky, frantic action as "page turners", but this read was surprisingly compelling. I really wanted to know what happened next and even checked out the next book in the series as soon as I finished this one. [Thank you, San Antonio Public Library / OverDrive for having a great collection.] Definitely a rich read for me -- it included dark elements without being overwhelmingly graphic or bleak.
We pick up this historical mystery series once again as it has reached 1920, well past the Armistice that ended World War I, but that "War to End All Wars" continues to cast its long and morbid shadow over Britain and Europe at large.

Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard continues to bury himself in his work in an attempt to forget his traumatic war experiences. It is a futile effort, as the voice of the Scots soldier, Hamish, whom Rutledge had had to execute in the field because of his failur
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Johnson
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge #12)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 344
Year: 2010
Publisher: William Morrow
Ian is the victim of an attempted robbery. The robber goes on to kill someone else during another robbery, leaving Ian the only one who can identify the robber. Ian begins to work this case, but is soon pulled off the case to investigate the disappearance of a well-known author. He questions the family and sends out constables to search London and the surrounding areas to no avail. Af
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
Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Ian Rutledge series I have read. These are enjoyable books by the Charles Todd team and again these are set in England in the early 1920's after WWI. Rutledge is a veteran recovering from shell shock and other issues from his time in service and has become an Inspector with Scotland Yard. Solving crimes seems to help him cope with his own demons from the war. He carries on a conversation with his Master Sergeant, Hamish, as he sets out to solve the crime; only Hamis ...more
Bryan Higgs
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the series of Inspector Rutledge books by "Charles Todd" (actually, a mother/son writing collaboration), although I find the voice of Hamish in Rutledge's shell-shocked brain to be rather annoying, and not very useful. Fortunately, Hamish doesn't feature terribly prominently in this book.

It took a while for this one to get going, but once it did, it sucked me in. The plot ends up being quite complex, and there are twists on the way, along with red herrings. You don't find out who the rea
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
Marilou Rickert
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Inspector Rutledge is the most emotionally complex yet and also the most class-conscious. It's the twelfth book in the series, and I'm beginning to notice the occasional lapse--trite phrase, for example--but overall, the quality remains high.
David Monroe
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books, owned
Great book

This one was fun to read- it kept me in suspense until the end. Look forward to their next novel!
Rose Collins
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I just reread this book after a few years, and still like it very much. Todd develops the characters slowly but thoroughly. A woman is waiting for her husband to return from the war (WWI) and paints their front door bright red to greet him with a warm welcome. After 3 years of waiting, she is found murdered. Rutledge is investigating a crime with another family, the Tellers, but thinks it is too much of a coincidence that the woman's missing husband's name was Peter Teller, also a member of the ...more
Could a main plot have been more convoluted? Could a secondary plot have added less to the novel? I'm not sure what the authors were thinking with this one. I don't think they could come to any agreement about the focus of the novel so just kept throwing 'stuff' in. Could have been a much better read with 1 plot, too many interruptions as the scene/plot focus changed in various chapters. They could have cut a few characters, there were so many none were fully realized, which would have also have ...more
Eva Asker
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cant get enough of Inspector Ian Rutledge and the portrayal of England after World War I, which actually got me to dig deeper in its history. The settings, the people and the ever persistent voice he is hearing; the man in his company he was forced to execute during the war, named Hamish. At that time it was called shellshock syndrome(today known as PTSD), and is brilliantly described.

It is hard to imagine that the writers live in USA and consists of a team of mother and son. I would like to
Robert Scott
Finished 07/23/2014. Ian Rutledge is still at odds with his chief Bowles & gets assigned to locate a prominent citizen who has disappeared from a clinic in London. Walter Teller had suffered some undiagnosed ailment on his way home to Essex. Then IR was sent to Lancashire to help find the murderer of a woman living alone on a remote farm in a square house with a red door. The two incidents are closely connected & the Teller family does everything within their power to confuse the investi ...more
Mary Beth  Str8K
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow start and confusing to me since this is book 12 in the series and I have not read any others. However, once I got past the first few chapters and who the heck Hamish was, I really got into the mystery and the characters. I wanted to know more. The ending had a surprise that made me gasp out loud. I'm still not quite sure what the whole Bridge Killer sideline story had to do with anything, but found the rest of the story a worthwhile read. I just wish the information about Hamish had been re ...more
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Inspector Ian Rutledge really gets involved with families and communities while doing his investigations of murder. The murderer is a surprise (at least it was to me) and not revealed until the end of the book. I am a little disappointed that he can't seem to get his love life going. Maybe in the next one ? Regardless, I like the history of the war and how it affected the characters in these stories.
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