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)
The detective is an interesting character and the story keeps one listening for what comes next. The aristocratic family with their secrets and the investigation into the murder of a lonely woman become intertwined and keep you guessing about "who done it." The narrator does a great job as the voice of various characters with British accents. This makes it an interesting audio book. I will listen to more from this author and narrator.
I bought this book on a recommendation from Audible. I enjoyed it a lot. Charles Todd did an excellent job creating believable characters and crafting a story that hangs together well. Although I had an idea who the guilty party was I was uncertain until the end. A really excellent book! I look forward to reading and listening to other books by Charles Todd.
This is a great mystery book and it keeps you hanging in suspense all the way. It is not at all obvious who the guilty person is. There are so many details that makes this story come alive and Simon Prebble's narration is first rate. The only part I found hard to swallow was "Hamish" Ruteledge's WWI Ghost who talks to him and often forces him to focus on small details. This is a great mystery and thank goodness there is none of the "detective in danger" which is so prevalent in many of today's mysteries. This is good solid police work and every character in the book is well delineated. I recommend this highly.
This file would not play properly on my iPod. It would start out, then freeze. I tried downloading other Formats, and did a Concierge on-line chat -- to no avail. Irritating.
I never understood who Hamas was, and if he was a double personality, how did he come about? The story was pretty good, but it had too many unnecessary twist.
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