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Set in 1920, bestseller Todd's 12th mystery to feature the shell-shocked WWI veteran and Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge (after 2008's A Matter of Justice) is one of the strongest entries yet in a series that shows no sign of losing steam. Rutledge first looks into the disappearance of missionary Walter Teller, who suddenly fell ill in London and later apparently walked out of the clinic where he was being treated. Rutledge questions members of Teller's immediate family, including his brothers, Peter and Edwin.Ă…After the resolution of the case of the missing missionary, Rutledge investigates the bludgeoning death of Florence Teller,Ă…apparently the wife of another Peter Teller, in Lancashire. Once again Todd (the pseudonym of a mother-son writing team) perfectly balance incisive portraits of all the characters, not just the complex and original lead, with a tricky puzzle in which the killer is hidden in plain sight for the discerning reader to discover. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Warning: skeletons in the family closet can be deadly. In Todd's 12th Inspector Rutledge mystery (after A Matter of Justice), set in post-World War I London, Rutledge struggles to find inner peace in a disillusioned world. His current assignment starts as a straightforward missing-person case of one Walter Teller but quickly blends into a murder investigation when a woman is killed in Lancashire. Village accounts suggest she was married to army officer Peter Teller, presumed dead. Is it just a coincidence that one of Walter's brothers is named Peter, who happens to be very much alive, living in London, and married to another woman? The Teller family emphatically denies that the dead woman is a relation, but Rutledge must uncover their secret before the killer strikes again. After introducing new sleuth Bess Crawford in A Duty to the Dead, the mother-and-son writing team returns to their popular series sleuth, the tortured but very human Ian Rutledge, with this engaging and atmospheric mystery. Verdict Recommended for Anglophiles who love cozy, historical mysteries with a detective who is bent but never completely broken. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/09.]-Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L.s, MD Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Compelling. --San Jose Mercury News on The Red Door" Fascinating and compelling. --Winston-Salem Journal on The Red Door" 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 (starred review) on The Red Door" Engaging and atmospheric. --Library Journal on The Red Door" A complex story with lots of unexpected twists and turns .A fun ride to a surprising conclusion. --Mystery Scene on The Red Door" Superb haunting tale of love and loss. --Globe and Mail (Toronto) on The Red Door" In The Red Door, Charles Todd shows again that this series about Ian Rutledge, a battle-fatigued World War I veteran and Scotland Yard detective, is as fresh and original as when the shell-shocked detective debuted 12 novels ago. --Sun-Sentinel (Florida) on The Red Door" An intriguing story that s impossible to put down reminiscent of Agatha Christie. --Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) on The Red Door" The book is more than a whodunit. Todd s characters are well-wrought, his settings evocative, and the book a pleasure to read. --World magazine on The Red Door" "Compelling."--San Jose Mercury News on The Red Door "Fascinating and compelling."--Winston-Salem Journal on The Red Door "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 (starred review) on The Red Door "Engaging and atmospheric."--Library Journal on The Red Door "A complex story with lots of unexpected twists and turns....A fun ride to a surprising conclusion."--Mystery Scene on The Red Door "Superb...haunting tale of love and loss."--Globe and Mail (Toronto) on The Red Door "In The Red Door, Charles Todd shows again that this series about Ian Rutledge, a battle-fatigued World War I veteran and Scotland Yard detective, is as fresh and original as when the shell-shocked detective debuted 12 novels ago."--Sun-Sentinel (Florida) on The Red Door "An intriguing story that's impossible to put down...reminiscent of Agatha Christie."--Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) on The Red Door "The book is more than a whodunit. Todd's characters are well-wrought, his settings evocative, and the book a pleasure to read."--World magazine on The Red Door

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