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A Matter of Justice: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries | [Charles Todd]

A Matter of Justice: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries

After two London men end their business partnership, one of them is savagely murdered in a medieval tithe barn on his estate in Somerset. Investigating the killing, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the victim was universally despised in Cambury - even the victim's wife and the town's police inspector are suspect. And yet in London circles, the man was highly regarded. What triggered his death?
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Publisher's Summary

After two London men end their business partnership, one of them is savagely murdered in a medieval tithe barn on his estate in Somerset.

Investigating the killing, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the victim was universally despised in Cambury - even the victim's wife and the town's police inspector are suspect. And yet in London circles, the man was highly regarded. What triggered his death?

Rutledge doggedly follows a well-concealed trail that finally leads him to the one person who knows the whole truth. But it's too late to stop a spreading evil and a vicious settling of scores.

As the seasoned inspector comes to understand the larger picture, he realizes he may not be able to prove what he suspects. In spite of his skill, this may be the only case in which Rutledge fails to get his man.

©2009 Charles Todd; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America

What the Critics Say

"In the stellar 11th Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery, Todd (the pseudonym of a mother-son writing team) seamlessly combines a fair-play whodunit with a nuanced look into the heart of darkness in the human soul." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 01-05-12
    Judith A. Weller LaVale, MD United States 01-05-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Another Winnder from Charles Todd"

    I have come to really like this authors and his detective. The mysteries are well plotted and the murderer often comes as a real surprise as does the motive.

    The author does a great job of evoking post WWI Britain which I think is one of the things I like about these book. He writes of a simpler times but with lives no less complicated.

    These are well-plotted books and I never a miss a one. If you like a well-plotted mystery which harkens back to a simpler time when detective work was not all forensic labs, but rather skilled interviews and following up clues and tiny pieces of information whereever it takes you - this is the book for you.

    It is not a fast-paced book like modern day crime writers but I like this about the book, as I don't care for these modern day crime writers - but this harkens back to Agathe Christie at her best. If you like these period British Mystieries, you don't want to miss this writer and his Detective.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 06-21-13
    Linda Lou Cave Creek, AZ USA 06-21-13 Member Since 2014

    Obsessive reader, 6-10 books a week, chosen from Member reviews. Fact & fiction, subjects from the Tudors to Tookie, Harlem to Hiroshima, Huey Long to Huey Newton.  In-depth fair reviews - from front to BLACK!!! 

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    "AN ADDICTIVE SERIES!"

    Somehow I started with just one of the books in the series but soon bought all of them back to back. FYI: This is the 11th in the series. Simon Prebble, as always, is a superb narrator - much better than Samuel Gillies, who narrates like he's performing "Hansel and Gretel" to 6 year olds!

    No matter how hard you try, you will never guess who will be murdered and by whom. There are so many twists and turns and red herrings that the reader is always kept guessing. The Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is a tortured soul but a great detective. He suffers from World War I "shell shock" which is what we now recognize as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that is manifested by a dead "imaginary friend" named Hamish McCloud. This adds an interesting component into how this detective acts and reacts. Hamish is to Rutledge what cocaine is to Sherlock Holmes - a dangerous nemesis that both helps and hampers. All of the books are pretty much the same plot but just different enough in locations, people, class distinctions, and twists to make each worth reading. My suggestion is to go on Google or Wikipedia to learn the order of the series and start with the first one. Each book fills in the gaps if you start somewhere in the middle but the continuity really helps. It would be nice if Audible.com would assign chronological order to books which contain a series or prequels and sequels. )I will post this same comment on all of the Ian Rutledge books that I've read.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda 06-16-13
    Melinda 06-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "First but not the last Rutledge book I'll read"

    I was looking for something different and this filled the bill -- a view of a time and place I know very little about, and with an authentic feel. Love the character of Ian Rutledge and the voice given him by the narrator -- also appreciated the development of much less likeable but still real-seeming characters -- though looking back, there were a lot of those. I will be starting at the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Kopp 02-27-13
    Jamie Kopp 02-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Holds interest from beginning to end"
    What did you love best about A Matter of Justice?

    The historical facts intertwined with fiction


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of the characters and the settings.


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

    He is the best I have heard so far.


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

    I always want to listen to Charles
    Todd's books in one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep offering Charles Todd's books, read by Simon Prebble!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E Bowie, MD, United States 10-12-12
    E Bowie, MD, United States 10-12-12

    While thoughts exist, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living. Cyril Connolly, The Unquiet Grave

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    "NUETRAL"
    Would you try another book from Charles Todd and/or Simon Prebble?

    Maybe, but probably not. It's simply a matter of personal preference. I won"t say the book wasn't good, it was just a little too PG for me. I tend to prefer grittier stories with more action. There were some aspects of the story that I liked, but mostly I was a bit bored.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This is a typical murder mystery. There was nothing that was particularly interesting nor uninteresting. Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christy fans would probably enjoy this book.


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

    This is my first, but I enjoyed his performance. There's nothing worse than discovering that you're not interested in the story you just started listening to and on top of that you don't care for the narrator. He did a great job and made the book more tolerable for me.


    Do you think A Matter of Justice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Tricky question. I think there are already a series of books that follow the main character, Ian Rutledge. That being said, no, there's no need for a follow up; there wasn't any unfinished business at the end of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geraldine Palmdale, CA, United States 05-28-12
    Geraldine Palmdale, CA, United States 05-28-12

    A book lover with varied interests: history, political and technical and economic thrillers, mysteries, crime dramas, futuristic fantasy.

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    "A Comforting Read"

    The biggest challenge of A Matter of Justice was the ability to recall individual characters and their corresponding places in the story. The book was like a puzzle or, better still, like an onion (minus the smell) which the protagonist expertly peeled from the outside in. You had to do your best to hang onto the separate peelings. Then, like all puzzles, as the pieces slide in place, there is a feeling of accomplishment. The plot itself was a comforting one. The evil doers were punished. Due to some exhaustive detective work, Inspector Rutledge, who himself suffered personal hardships, prevailed. His efforts enabled him to eventually ferret out the villain. When the book ended, I had the feeling that all was right with the world.

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    Gert Glenden, Australia 05-27-09
    Gert Glenden, Australia 05-27-09
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    "Good read"

    Enjoyed this one, have a go

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    James camby, IN, USA 01-27-10
    James camby, IN, USA 01-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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