A Lonely Death
“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). In A Lonely Death, the haunted investigator is back in action, trying(South(Chicago(NewPostCritics/>—Washington ...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 Superintendent Paul Bowles. Perhaps it i ...more
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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 t ...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 writing onsurface.
1. The mystery is predictable. I knew who it was, and how he was moving around unnoticed about midway through the book.
2. There are a couple of staggering coincidences in two of the sub-plots (the Mrs. Channing sub-plot, and how Rutledge helps Cummings solve the case that haunted him). One of the coincidences would have had me rolling my eyes. In combination, they were ri ...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
Well-written with suspense and the finely woven mystery elements in a detailed English setting, this novel will entertain with both its historic elements of post-WWI and the atmosphere of a contemporary serial killer.
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 h ...more
A Lonely Death is part of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series. Rutledge is a war veteran ...more