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The Red Door The Red Door Download Author Charles Todd Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Lancashire, England, June, 1920 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


10 thoughts on “The Red Door

  1. says:

    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 mystery centers around characters we don t care about The one nice person in the story is killed off in the first chapter, and the rest of her family, however pitiful, is so deceitful and selfish that we re ready to condemn them without knowing if they are guilty or not Rutledge still never gets to first base with his dream girl, Meredith Channing oh, pleaseI would have given up ages ago All I want before I give up completely is to see the three of them in bed togetherRutledge, Ham...


  2. says:

    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...


  3. says:

    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 cont...


  4. says:

    Bring on the next in the series No time to write a review got to keep reading


  5. says:

    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 ...


  6. says:

    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 sol...


  7. says:

    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 stre...


  8. says:

    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 ...


  9. says:

    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 H...


  10. says:

    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 watch...


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