There are two types of mystery writers: the slam-bang starters who twist and turn through a story, and the slow methodical writers who weave a web of relationships and deceptions as they craft a story. Charles Todd is the latter. The Red Door is a wonderful example of his technique, and a great story of family secrets and lies, to boot. The relationship between Inspector Ian Rutledge and Hamish (the man he shot in WWI for failing to follow orders) continues, with Rutledge making room for Hamish (in the back seat of his car, as in other places), so we hear his voice throughout the investigation of murder.
What is compelling to me about this series is that as a reader, I really want Rutledge to let go of Hamish -- to move on to a normal existence after his experiences in WWI. If that were to happen, some of the personal angst Rutledge experiences would resolve, and I know that would make these mysteries less appealing to many readers. But Todd has created a character in Ian Rutledge that we would really like to see heal from his experiences, much as we would like to see all soldiers overcome their battlefield experiences.
It is a long book requiring attention, not one to be listened to in a casual way.
I might have enjoyed this book if I had never read a mystery novel before, but I'm pretty sure this detective would be left dumbfounded by Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew, much less Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. The most memorable moments of this book were when the detective missed clues. I can't help but wonder why an author would write in clues for his detective to completly overlook. It was very frustrating!
If you do go ahead and listen to this book, you'd better make a list of characters. The Teller family is a tangled mess, and most of the time the author just calls them "Mr.", "Mrs.", or "Miss Teller". That's an old trick Dame Christie used to make her mysteries more difficult to figure out; it's harder to know what's going on when you can just barely keep everyone straight. I can't think of any of hers where she actually called two characters by the same name and title, though; I think that's cheating.
All of that to say that the plot devices were borrowed heavily from other mystery writers, and there's nothing more annoying in a mystery book than sloppy police work - especially from the protagonist!
Love Simon Prebble's narration. And this is the best yet of all the Charles Todd books I have read or listened to -- fifteen so far. A bit hard to remember all the characters in this one on occasion, but necessary to the plot, I presume.
No, Charles Todd is an excellent writer. I have enjoyed all of his book, but I like them on audio with Simon Prebble as the reader.
The inspector of course. He is flawed, loaded with issues like all human beings.
His voice is perfect for the character. I do not think I would enjoy the inspector with any other voice.
No, but it kept my attention and I was up late at night to finish it. It is a page turner.
Please keep this author and reader together and have more available on audible.
If you drift for just a moment, you will totally lose track. There are so many people, relatives, passerbys, officers, etc. The performance was great. I would only select this book if you are going to give your full and undivided attention.
Yes, I felt like I was watching a movie. The delivery was so good. the story and the way it was written I felt like I was there.
I loved all of the characters. They seemed so real. because of the way it was written and the wonderful way it was delievered!
The detective. was my favorite you could feel his thoughts so cool.
I felt so bad about him, not getting the girl in the end. I felt scared when his boss was upset with him. It was just really good.
I listen to a lot of books. But this one was really good. and the way the book was delivered seemed like there were so many people doing it. Many books I listen to, they do not have the depth as this one. Gosh I wish the narrator would do many more he is great!!