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A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | [Charles Todd]

A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer.
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Publisher's Summary

Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths.

But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything to find answers - his job, his reputation, and even his life.

©2011 Charles Todd. All rights reserved. (P)2011 AudioGO

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    Mary Baker 07-09-14
    Mary Baker 07-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Super Narration by Simon Prebble"
    Where does A Lonely Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As one I would listen to again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Engaging enough to encourage me to order another Charles Todd title so long as it was narrated by Simon Prebble.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is consistently excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not quite. But an excellent gardening companion.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there were remakes of other Charles Todd redone with Simon Prebble narrating.

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    Glenna Alexandria, VA, United States 11-17-13
    Glenna Alexandria, VA, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Thoughtful Detective Story"

    If you are a fan of PD James, you will probably like Charles Todd. His Ian Rutledge stories leave me with much the same feelings--the detective got his man, but that isn't the whole story. Rutledge and his characters are struggling to find a new normalcy after World War I's ugly, senseless carnage. Against that backdrop, there is someone waging his own private war on the town's former soldiers. They are being garroted--one by one--as Rutledge struggles to identify and stop the killer. Hamish, his relentless internal companion keeps up a steady stream of comments often seeming to be more of a partner in detection than the nemesis he has vowed to be.

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    kws Texas 07-15-12
    kws Texas 07-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Found it sad....."

    This was my first Charles Todd book. I know I jumped in the middle, but it was on sale and I like British dectectives. The writing and preformance were wonderful, but the story just left me sad. I know that is not always a bad thing, but I ended up feeling sorry for all of the characters. I would like to see how the main character progresses and might read more from this point. I won't go back and download the first ones as I feel this gave me most of the background I needed.

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    HIII 07-06-12
    HIII 07-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I like Ian Rutledge!"

    To anyone who has an intervoice living in their head this book is a tonic! Sometimes Ian Rutledge talks to him outloud which I love. The intervoice is the result of shell shock and the aftermath of World War 1-I just always have had mind The mysteries are involved so this is not an easy listen but it is great!

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    Miller Fenton, MO, United States 09-13-11
    Miller Fenton, MO, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Enthralling Mystery"

    The twists through the mystery are quick and surprising with tons of clues to help you solve the murders on your own. Totally enjoyable!

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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 07-17-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Everybody's picking on Rutledge"

    I really wanted to like this one better than I did. The central mystery was intriguing and the lineup of potential perpetrators interesting. Unfortunately the story bogged down in unseemly police department politics in which Rutledge was being persecuted or obstructed by every inspector and beat cop in three different towns. This became a device to disrupt the investigation sufficiently for more mayhem to occur, ostensibly to heighten the tension, but too often just added frustration. Development of several potentially interesting characters was sacrificed to this feud. And the injection of a cold case on the side served as a distraction that did not further the central story.

    On the positive side, followers of the series learn more about Rutledge’s ordeal in WW1 France, and about the mysterious Meredith Channing. That was fine, but I wanted more mystery than soap opera. Simon Prebble, as always, was spot on with the reading.

    I think I will take a break from Rutledge for a while. I still enjoy him as a character very much, but I’m sensing too much of a formula to the series at this point that has made the thoughtfulness of the mysteries go a bit stale.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tamika Cambridge, VT, United States 06-29-12
    Tamika Cambridge, VT, United States 06-29-12
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    "Lackluster narration with little tonal variation"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The narrator has a decent reading voice but it is hidden by the lack of tonal variation between characters, time frame of incidents and places events occurred. I would not recommend the audio version to a friend.


    What other book might you compare A Lonely Death to and why?

    No comparable book at this time.


    Did Simon Prebble do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The story began on what I thought was a promising note. The voice of the narrator echoed visions of Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot-like detecting. As the story progresses, the narrator fails miserably at differentiating all of the characters. I found myself losing my place in the story because I could not tell which character was speaking or where the conversations took place. I've heard stories read in audio formats far less polished than the current mass produced audio. Those versions had more character in the narrators voice than the polished swill being sold to audio listeners. The audio will definitely put you sleep if you tend to relax and listen like I do.


    Do you think A Lonely Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't know if this needs a follow up book. If a more lively and active person narrates the story then yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I would probably have enjoyed this story in print. Audiobook publishers should consider the quality of the reading as well as the active participation of the reader with the story being read. Scott Brick sounds exactly the same on all of the books he narrates yet he manages to bring the words alive. Listeners want to hear the changes in location and character without having to sleepwalk through an audio listen. I don't expect a full cast audio drama. I do expect the narrator to put life into the words they are reading regardless if it's fiction or non-fiction.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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