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A Matter of Justice Audiobook

A Matter of Justice: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries

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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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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-30-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-30-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Another excellent Inspector Ian Rutledge novel!"

    Charles Todd never disappoints. Like his other Inspector Ian Rutledge novels this one is set post WWII; however, it starts with the Boer War 20 years earlier for background.

    Simon Prebble is always a pleasure to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-18-16
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Intricate Mystery"

    I enjoyed this book even after a second listen a year after the first time. I have listened to all but the last book in the series and they are all good.

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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

    OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - 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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    Dinna 12-10-16
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    "Helps me concentrate"

    Listening to the audio book was a pleasant change at work, than listening to music. It really helped me focus on my work.

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    carina 10-31-16
    carina 10-31-16 Member Since 2010

    Retired teacher

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    "An Enjoyable Inspector Rutledge Mystery"

    A suspect is almost hung as Inspector Rutledge's intuition says they have the wrong murderer. However, there's absolutely no proof to convict the guilty one. Revenge must run it's surprising course. Rutledge must ask: is this justice?

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    JB 09-06-15
    JB 09-06-15
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    "Not my favorite"

    I admired his protagonist more than Inspector Rutledge. Rutledge was too black and
    white and followed the letter rather than the spirit of the law. I thought he was too quick
    to blame others for his own failings.

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    "Very well done, Inspector"

    I appreciated the complexity of this mystery as well as the attention to detail paid by the author. Inspector Rutledge and his internal companion Hamish have become one of my favorites. And this installment, with it themes of choice and consequences does not dissapoint. I especially enjoyed the narrator, who gave individual voice to each character and imbued each with a degree of depth that can be lacking with a professional reader.

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    Melinda 06-16-13
    Melinda 06-16-13 Member Since 2015

    Always an avid reader, I have become addicted to audio books.

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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.

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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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