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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 home, thinking back over the door she s painted red as a form of greeting But from there we move from place name to place name with never any evocation of the scene Scotland Yard could be any couple of offices with a hallway between them Kitchens are never any particular size There is one sitting room, as I cast back in my memory, which has been described as decorated in a very feminine way That s pretty much the peak.The characters aren t any easier to tell apart than the places.I strove on to the end because there are 13 books in this series and I kept thinking somebody must like them, there must be something worthwhile in here At this point Hamish s voice should pipe up, Ye dinnae ken so, laddie. A woman waits for her husband to come back from the war, but he never comes So her life is framed, because there is no notice from the war department, she continues to have hope that some day he will return.A missionary, whose career and that of is brothers have been dictated by their father, suddenly suffers paralysis but days later somehow gets up, dresses himself and leaves the hospital His family calls in Scotland Yard and Ian Rutledge is sent to find out how this was possible and what has happened to the man What caused his health crisis and his recovery Where did he go and why Soon after the man returns with few if any answers for what has happened, the woman who has lived with hope is found dead and Rutledge finds strange connections in the names of those involved in these two cases He must winnow out the secrets of family and family tradition, and get to the truth.Charles Todd has created a terrific character in Ian Rutledge and the stories that he is involved in during those years following the horrific first world war are intense, complicated and very human With realistic characters, in depth stories and fantastic writing, this mother son duo have created a deeply moving story that will keep readers focused and reading It is one to ponder, to reflect and remember. 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 woman is bludgeoned to death in Lancashire in the house with the red door Not long after, a wealthy man becomes ill and is hospitalized in London only to disappear Rutledge must solve both crimes, satisfy the Superintendent who is waiting for him to fail, and continue to try to heal himself and his ability to relate to those around him This was a complicated in a good way and compelling story with an ending that makes me want to move right to the next book But I plan to wait a bit and savor this one. Bring on the next in the series No time to write a review got to keep reading 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 was only a brief mention of that at the beginning and the end, plus some vague references to previous solved crimes which didn t interfere with my reading at all What did make the book hard for me to get into was the character of Ian Rutledge By this time, he is a well established character and readers are presumed to know him already Being new to this type of character did hinder my getting settled into the story, especially since Rutledge is unlike any other inspector I ve come across Set two years after the end of the Great War, Rutledge is a war veteran who secretly suffers from emotional effects of the war, shell shock, which is now known as post traumatic stress disorder In particular, he carries around with him, so to speak, one of his fallen soldiers, Hamish, who speaks to him in his head and Rutledge needs to physically be aware that there is space for him, though he will never look at him, they do have conversations and Hamish can be considered to be Rutledge s partner as would be found in other books This took some time for me to actually comprehend and now makes me want to start this series from the beginning.The story itself is wonderful A full cast of characters connected in one way or another makes the list of suspects large but finite The writing spends much time on the characters lives, giving each individual a real and true representation Rutledge is given two cases to work on The first involves a lone widow whose husband never returned from the War, who is found murdered at her own front door The second is of a wealthy man who mysteriously disappears from hospital The man turns up safe after being away long enough to cause considerable worry but soon Rutledge has than just one body on his hands A very clever mystery What I usually term a thinking man s mystery There are several secrets and mysteries along with the murder to solve and reveals come slowly and can change the reader s whole take on things I had fun having the satisfaction of figuring out some secrets and mysteries but never could hold on to the murderer In the end I was surprised.I really enjoyed this book The time period is a perfect setting for British mysteries, invoking the charm of the the Golden Age writers, yet I wouldn t call this a cozy This is much a psychological drama with a lot of insight into the after effects of war, in all sorts of ways throughout British society A very satisfying read and one that I will be adding to my must read list Though I ll have to start at the beginning to get the full story on the intriguing Inspector Ian Rutledge.back to books.blogspot.com 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 home However, she waits for a husband who never returns.Meanwhile, in London, Rutledge is accosted by a young man named Billy who attempts to rob him as he crosses the bridge over the Thames during an evening walk Rutledge bluffs the young robber into giving up his attempt at mugging Rutledge However, Billy s incidents escalate His robberies result in murder Rutledge must deal with the guilt of letting Billy go when he was accosted and he will become a decoy in the effort to flush Billy from hiding and to be taken into custody.However, Rutledge s detail to bring Billy to justice must take a back seat to solving the disappearance of a member of the well known Teller family Walter Teller is a well known missionary who has written of his experiences and has a broad reading audience When called by into the field by the evangelical society for which he works, Walter vanishes into thin air.The Teller family has many secrets Rutledge is not a welcome intrusion into their daily lives The Teller patriarch has chosen the careers of his sons and they have dutifully filled those roles Peter is the soldier Walter the missionary, and Edwin the stable head of the family following the death of their father.When Walter disappears, Rutledge finds that all the family members have gone on their own search for Walter There is something in the Teller family past that must not see the light of day.Rutledge s involvement in the Teller disappearance would seem to be over when he is called by the high constable to investigate the murder of the woman who owns the cottage with the red door It seems her name was Florence, Florence Teller And the man to whom she was married that never returned from France was named Peter Teller A coincidence Or did Peter Teller lead a double life That a Teller should be a bigamist is not an acceptable finding Rutledge has his hands full untangling a delicate social dilemma without failing to bring the murderer to justice no matter what social class the killer may move in within the respectable circles of London.Todd presents another rewarding read, yet wraps the solution to all of the investigations into tangled and forced resolutions Billy s story serves as a distraction to the over all plot of the book It is difficult to find sympathy for the Teller family And, perhaps for that reason, I found The Red Door considerably less satisfying than previous volumes.Nevertheless, any Charles Todd should never be discounted as unworthy of being read And as I ve reached the most current Rutledge, 13, I must consider Todd s new series involving a battlefield nurse, Bess Crawford in A Duty to the Dead. 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 characters I also laughed the parrot, Jake, who even had his own personality flaws.There are some odd quirks that did take me a little bit to catch on to Inspector Rutledge is a veteran of WWI and clearly experienced some traumatic events in France that weigh heavily on him So heavily that he hears the voice of a former dead soldier having conversations with him It s very much like Six with Baltar in the new Battlestar Galactica, if you re familiar with the show It s handy that the disembodied voice has a thick Scottish brogue, as Todd s dialogue rarely signifies who s uttering the line Second, there s clearly a long history between Rutledge, his sister, his godfather and a girl he s quite sweet on Those relationships were a tad confusing, but cleared up as the story got going.As much as I thoroughly enjoy any good story set in Dear Old Blighty, something about it s British ness felt off to me, and I can t quite put my finger on it I guess when compared to other novels actually written in that WWI to WWII break du Maurier springs to mind , the language and personal interactions don t feel quite old enough But that s okay we still get crank start cars, British gardens and rain, lovely country cottages, lots of cups of tea, and the stiff upper lip mentality.In the end, writing a review for a 3 star book is really hard I didn t love the story, although I think Inspector Rutledge grew on me as a terribly troubled, smart, flawed, sincere character But I didn t hate the book either, as it certainly entertained me for a few days I can t imagine that much will stick with me after I click save on this review, except that I have a talent for dangling my participles, which I apologize for. 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 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 if one half of the writing pair wants to develop his character, give him emotional depth, while the other half just wants to plod on through plotlines and action The weird subplot with the murderer on the bridge also seems to go nowhere to what point is this included Is it a start of something to follow up on in the next book A little sub commentary on the fatherhood good ones and bad ones in the rest of the book Or just a reason to drag things out a little longer Also missed Hamish he seems to have been relegated to a simple occasional nod oh yeah, we forgot about Hamish better have him say something now Are Todd and Todd tired of Rutledge It feels like it And, as a sidebar, am I the only reader who finds Rutledge rather dour and stodgy, without humor, and getting annoying Maybe it s just reading 12 books of this character presented this way that is starting to grate on me. {PDF} Þ The Red Door à Lancashire, England, June, 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 How Is The Woman S Death Linked To His Disappearance And Why Is Scotland Yard Blind To The Connection, Even When Inspector Ian Rutledge Points It Out 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 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 Although I can see what Todd was going for with the secondary case, it didn t completely work for me.What worked least for me and the part I usually enjoy the most were the interactions between Rutledge and his friends and family, and Rutledge s attempts to hide the aftermath of shell shock from them Todd seemed to be building toward something, but there was no payoff like watching someone over inflating a balloon that never pops For me, it s time to reveal Rutledge s problems to some of his family or friends, and for him to have to deal with the consequences It may only have been a year in Rutledge s world since the events of A Test of Wills , but it s been 14 years for those of us who ve been reading the series from the beginning.