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On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this 20th installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

Hours after his sister's wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road. Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet.

She swears she didn't kill Stephen Wentworth. A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night. But there is no trace of him. And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man's face.

Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he's on the scene. But is he seeking justice - or fleeing painful memories in London?

Wentworth was well-liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer. But who did Wentworth kill? Is his death retribution? Or has his companion lied? Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history: in medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there. When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose and that death is closer than Rutledge knows.

©2018 Charles Todd (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Charles Todd does it again!!

I have read all of the Ian Rutledge books. They are all so consistent in their faithfulness to Rutledge’s character and excellence of mystery. I can usually figure out “whodunnit” with a lot of books but I had to wait for Rutledge to tell me this time. Great!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The best yet!

The absolute best in the series so far. Ingenious plot, engaging characters, totally unexpected ending, skilled, engaging narrator. Hope there are many more books to come!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This series just gets better

I love the Inspector Rutledge books. I've listened to them all, and this one did not disappoint. The only problem is waiting for the next one, but the wait is always worth it.

I worry a bit about Ian - does he ever sleep eight hours straight?

In this installment, again, unable to sleep, Ian decides on the spur of the moment to get out of London, and stumbles upon a murder scene along the road. As both a witness and an Inspector, he has to stake his claim to the case with Scotland Yard in order to solve it. The Gatekeeper has many twists and turns, and keeps you guessing until almost the very end. As usual, Hamish is in the background, alternately warning Ian of danger, and then tormenting him psychologically.

Okay, so when is the next book coming out?

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Brilliant as usual

A fantastic read/listen. Charles cleverly builds the story while giving us an insight on the treatment and prejudices of society to returning soldiers, their families and the families of those who where killed after the First World War.

I am looking forward to more Ian Rutledge mysteries and the personal torment he is learning to live with.

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I usually don’t wonder off my Normal path

Would you try another book from Charles Todd and/or Simon Prebble?

Probably not.

Would you recommend The Gate Keeper to your friends? Why or why not?

No, it was to drawn out and to many curators to keep track of. I almost turned it back for credit, but thought I would finish instead.

What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s performance?

Very uninteresting Voice

Did The Gate Keeper inspire you to do anything?

To LOOK at the possibilities of a Female being the Murderer.

Any additional comments?

Sorry I wasted all that time.

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Entertaining

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Would recommended this book to anyone who enjoys a good English mystery.

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Another Homerun

If you like the series, you won't be disappointed. Hamish is there but less obvious, I am glad he is fading.

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Suffolk and WWI

Brought to life. This mother and son writing duo have struck all the right notes yet again. I have to confess that i preorder both audible and kindle so that I have instant gratification. Simon Prebble is the perfect narrator.