A False Mirror

Inspector Ian Rutledge, Book 9
Narrated by: Samuel Gillies
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (250 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Unhealed scars of the Great War still torment Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. A haunted, damaged shell of a man, he has been sent to the small coastal town of Hampton Regis to solve a violent crime and to confront his own tragic past.

An officer who served with Rutledge in the trenches of France before being sent back to England under suspicious circumstances has now been accused of savagely beating the husband of the woman he still loves. The suspect has taken the wife hostage, threatening to kill her and her maid unless Rutledge takes charge of the investigation.

Although the case painfully mirrors Rutledge's own past and the love he lost to another man, he cannot refuse it. When the unconscious, brutalized victim vanishes without a trace, it's clear that this peaceful little town hides a vicious murderer and secrets powerful enough to kill for.

©2007 Charles Todd (P)2014 Recorded Books

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NOT ONE OF TODD'S BEST EFFORTS

I love the Inspector Ian Rutledge series but sometimes Charles Todd drops the ball. That's the case here. Nothing about this story makes any sense. Why would Scotland Yard waste valuable resources by sending one of its best detectives to a small country village at the demand of some guy holding two women hostage? Especially since he's unlikely to hurt one of them because he publicly professes a great love for the married woman? While the book has the usual Todd unexpected plot twists, the whole thing just goes on too long. Rutledge is allowed entry into the house several times, yet he never makes a move to overcome the kidnapper. He even allows food to be delivered after several days instead of starving them out. IF anyone can deal with this improbable story, the book should be abridged since so much of it adds nothing to plot line. Also, narrator Samuel Gilles is no where near as good as Simon Prebble who has done most of the Charles Todd works that I've enjoyed. Gilles' Scottish burr for Rutledge's nemesis, Hamish, is so over the top that half of the time I couldn't understand him, Plus Gilles does nothing with the other characters - they all meld together, sounding alike, making the dialogue hard to follow. Definitely not worth the price of admission.

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Narrator spoils the novel.

Samuel Gillies has little rhythm and that makes him a poor narrator of these novels. This one is the worst and I returned it. I’m happy to listen to Simon Prebble and recommend you look for Inspector Rutledge narrated by him. The stories are excellent when spoken by a skilled narrator who can intuitively read the characters and have the dialogue flow as the author intended.

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 always fascinating

I look forward to the periods of time I have available to listen to the latest Charles Todd I have on my phone. The wonderful thing is you can listen to them out of order and be just as amazed and riveted as if you were following Ian Rutledge book by book. His books are way more than mysteries.

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another good book in the series

An interesting story still bringing back connections from World war I and I'm sure that that horrific war will never leave the lives of all the characters. The authors as usual put together some twists and turns then making it interesting read in the performance that was given for the audiobook was good

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another one solved

I always have an idea of who I think the killer is. it is often the motivation I can't see early or until the reveal.

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Under the publisher’s gun to get another Rutledge book out?

Glad this wasn’t the first Rutledge book I read ... I would probably not have picked up another one. Contrived plot, uninteresting characters, wimpy women and an ineffective Rutledge. Boring!

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I love the series, the endings have gotten better

The endings have gotten better. The narrator is better,with the different characters. love it

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Amazing twist

Never guessed this ending, well written, story great and narration wonderful. Great read, highly recommend!

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It picked up in the ladt third of the book. Story took some patience with the hostage situation, but this was 1920s England.

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Not one of Todd’s best

I have listened to many of Todd’s Ian Rutledge ‘s stories and this one I didn’t care for. First the narrator ‘s voice and accent made it hard to distinguish characters, and his upper class accent just didn’t work for me. It also took a very long time for the plot to emerge. The characters seemed to run around in circles instead of advancing the plot.