A Lonely Death

A Lonely Death

[an Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery]

Large Print - 2011
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"Todd's Ian Rutledge mysteries are among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days."
--Washington Post

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 to solve the murders of three ex-soldiers in a small English village. A true master of evocative and atmospheric British crime fiction, Charles Todd reaches breathtaking new heights with A Lonely Death--a thrilling tale of the darkness in men's souls that will have fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, and Anne Perry cheering.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, 2011
ISBN: 9780062017727
Branch Call Number: TODD
Characteristics: 505 p

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 09, 2017

Another well written tale, despite a few quibbles: as in previous books, when does Rutledge sleep? ...and he seems to drive all over England at the drop of a hat. This story was sad because of the circumstances of the victim's families, many of whom were left without a means to continue their lives as they used to. Lastly there is a subplot about an old murder Rutledge becomes interested in that is wrapped up by the most outlandish coincidence in any of the Rutledge books (and there have been a few doosies.). I took one star off my rating just for that.

There were a lot of murders and a lot of charachters to follow in this story. I felt things got rushed to resolution in the end and the love story sub-plots were not well drawn. We know Rutledge is a stoical survivor whose supervisors are vindictive and petty. This is not one of Todd's best novels.

emily8 Jan 12, 2012

Hamish - look at him as one of a myriad of symptoms that occur for veterans of foreign wars - maybe better understand their plight and be less apt to send our young people off to war..

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EmilyEm
Jun 29, 2011

Ian Rutledge goes to Surrey to investigate a death by garroting, which is followed in rapid succession by two more. With a serial killer on the loose, someone leaving no clues, and the usual politics between Scotland Yard and the local police, this is a satisfying mystery on many levels. And, if one set of killings isn't enough, his just retired boss Cummins laments the one case he never solved. Can Rutledge help him out on that, too?

Rutledge is a character you need to know. His psyche is scarred by WWI and his old comrade Hamish is never far away. Fascinating.

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Palomino
Apr 23, 2011

It's critically acclaimed, but for some reason the characters just don't come alive for me. (understandable in Hamish's case, since he's a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder and not a real character, but I think he's just depressing.)

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