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The Red Door Audiobook

The Red Door: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 04-26-12
    i. Ski Duluth, Minnesota 04-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Slowly evolving story, but worth the listen"

    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.

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    Kathy Matthews 06-14-10
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    "long but well told"

    the story tends to be somewhat long, but the narrator's voice is so wonderful that I didn't mind the too lengthy story.

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    Yankee Bookworm 04-03-16
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    "Intricate"

    Glad I didn't pay attention to the negative reviewers on this one! Loved all the ins and outs. For all the Todd/Rutledge lovers, this is a treat.

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    Ursula A. Corey 03-19-16

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    "Very well done!"

    Great story and read so well by the narrator. Will be sure to listen to another Charles Todd mystery

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    "good for a first-time mystery reader"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer 12-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Yet"

    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.

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    Jamie Kopp 06-19-14
    Jamie Kopp 06-19-14 Member Since 2009
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    "love this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Door to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The inspector of course. He is flawed, loaded with issues like all human beings.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfect for the character. I do not think I would enjoy the inspector with any other voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it kept my attention and I was up late at night to finish it. It is a page turner.


    Any additional comments?

    Please keep this author and reader together and have more available on audible.

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    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-06-14
    christy Plano, TX, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "So long and SOOO many people"

    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.

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    patricia washington 12-19-13
    patricia washington 12-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Watching a movie threw my ears"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Red Door to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of the characters. They seemed so real. because of the way it was written and the wonderful way it was delievered!


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The detective. was my favorite you could feel his thoughts so cool.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!!

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    Deborah Homer, Alaska, United States 09-29-13
    Deborah Homer, Alaska, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wish the Whole Series were Audio"
    What made the experience of listening to The Red Door the most enjoyable?

    I spend a lot of time in the car and these novels keep my interest--excellent writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mystery! Also, love historical novels


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

    Yes--same---giving the Characters real life


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