June 1920. In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has been bludgeoned to death. Rumor has it that two years earlier, she'd painted that door to welcome her husband back from the Front - only he never came home.
Meanwhile, in London, a man suffering from a mysterious illness first goes missing and then just as suddenly reappears. He is unable to explain his recovery.
Inspector Ian Rutledge must solve the cases. Who was the woman who lived and died behind the red door? Who was the man who never came home from the Great War, for the simple reason that he might never have gone? And what have they to do with a man who cannot break the seal of his own guilt without damning those he loves most?
Solve another case with Inspector Ian Rutledge.
©2010 Charles Todd; (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks America
"One of the strongest entries yet in a series that shows no sign of losing steam. Once again Todd perfectly balances incisive portraits of all the characters, not just the complex and original lead." (Publishers Weekly)
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!!
I spend a lot of time in the car and these novels keep my interest--excellent writing.
Mystery! Also, love historical novels
Yes--same---giving the Characters real life
This reader does a good job. I like his voice - and thereby the voice he gives the inspector.
Great plot. Good story. Nicely written. Multiple issues being addressed by the same person during the same time period.
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