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Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge returns to solve his most exciting and shocking case yet in this latest entry in the bestselling series hailed as "outstanding" by the New York Times Book Review

A breathtaking blend of psychological complexity, haunting atmosphere, compelling twists, and impressive detail, the novels in the Ian Rutledge mystery series have garnered their author widespread acclaim and numerous honors and awards. At the heart of the series is the compelling Scotland Yard detective inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the Great War who understands all too well the darkness that lies within men's souls.

Now three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of World War I only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID discs left in their mouths.

But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer. Shortly after Inspector Ian Rutledge arrives, a fourth soldier is found dead. With few clues to go on and the pressure building, Rutledge must gamble everything—his job, his reputation, and even his life—to find answers.

Topics: Scotland Yard, World War 1, Veterans, Serial Killers, 1920s, Small Town, England, Series, British History, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Revenge, and Psychological

Published: HarperCollins on Jan 4, 2011
ISBN: 9780062034687
List price: $9.99
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Ian Rutledge must go to a Sussex village to investigate several deaths of men who served in WWI. The Todds provide many undercurrents such as an old case for a retiring chief inspector, Ian's hopes of love and promotion, and childhood pranks. Ex soldiers are being garroted by a lone killer, and the police cannot find the killer. When a fellow policeman is almost killed, Ian is arrested and spends time in jail. But Ian's problems are not only the murders. Ian loses two friends: one to suicide and one to an early death. The mother and son team do a superb job with characters and setting.read more
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I liked the setting (small town England shortly after WW1), but this was a little bit too procedural for my taste. It seemed to plod along at times. Of its kind, I think it was quite decent, but this isn't my favorite kind of mystery.read more
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A Lonely Death is the 13th Inspector Ian Rutledge book put out by the mother and son author team Charles Todd. I had heard about Rutledge before but this was the first one I’ve been able to read and I have to say I wish I had started sooner! It took me a little while to get into this one because I had no idea who Rutledge was or anything else about him, but by the 4th chapter I was hooked. I think the authors did a good job of balancing cluing in a new reader vs. boring a fan with repetitive back story. Not all series writers do that well. I think this was an excellent mystery/thriller and I highly recommend it.In a sleepy little town of Eastfield near Hastings where nothing has happened since Henry VIII, 3 men who survived the Great War were garroted and an identity disk is left in their mouths. When the son of an influential business man becomes one of the victims, Scotland Yard is called in. It appears someone is exacting revenge for some past wrong, but what that wrong is and who could harbor such hate has everyone baffled and worried.While Rutledge is running around southern England interviewing the men whose names where on the tags a woman in Eastfield had a complaint about his behavior so when he arrived back to continue his investigation he finds he’s been replaced and told to go back to London. Ian is pretty sure the recall is more political maneuvering to ruin his chances of promotion and less to do with the actual complaint. More smoke clouds the issue as more attacks occur and Ian takes matters into his own hands to find the murderer, and clear his own reputation.read more
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Ian Rutledge must go to a Sussex village to investigate several deaths of men who served in WWI. The Todds provide many undercurrents such as an old case for a retiring chief inspector, Ian's hopes of love and promotion, and childhood pranks. Ex soldiers are being garroted by a lone killer, and the police cannot find the killer. When a fellow policeman is almost killed, Ian is arrested and spends time in jail. But Ian's problems are not only the murders. Ian loses two friends: one to suicide and one to an early death. The mother and son team do a superb job with characters and setting.
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I liked the setting (small town England shortly after WW1), but this was a little bit too procedural for my taste. It seemed to plod along at times. Of its kind, I think it was quite decent, but this isn't my favorite kind of mystery.
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A Lonely Death is the 13th Inspector Ian Rutledge book put out by the mother and son author team Charles Todd. I had heard about Rutledge before but this was the first one I’ve been able to read and I have to say I wish I had started sooner! It took me a little while to get into this one because I had no idea who Rutledge was or anything else about him, but by the 4th chapter I was hooked. I think the authors did a good job of balancing cluing in a new reader vs. boring a fan with repetitive back story. Not all series writers do that well. I think this was an excellent mystery/thriller and I highly recommend it.In a sleepy little town of Eastfield near Hastings where nothing has happened since Henry VIII, 3 men who survived the Great War were garroted and an identity disk is left in their mouths. When the son of an influential business man becomes one of the victims, Scotland Yard is called in. It appears someone is exacting revenge for some past wrong, but what that wrong is and who could harbor such hate has everyone baffled and worried.While Rutledge is running around southern England interviewing the men whose names where on the tags a woman in Eastfield had a complaint about his behavior so when he arrived back to continue his investigation he finds he’s been replaced and told to go back to London. Ian is pretty sure the recall is more political maneuvering to ruin his chances of promotion and less to do with the actual complaint. More smoke clouds the issue as more attacks occur and Ian takes matters into his own hands to find the murderer, and clear his own reputation.
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I love a mystery that I cannot guess that outcome before I get through half of a book. This one kept me in complete suspense. Like that you are able to read that the main character also has a personal life, that he is not all work. It read like a 21st century novel until you read that they are crank starting cars and the limitations of telephones. I really enjoyed the book. Will have to go back and read earlier ones.
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This is the usual good story about Inspector Rutledge.If you are a fan of the series, you'll enjoy it.However, the authors have included an incident which relies on a very large coincidence. I found it not only implausible, but unnecessary to the novel. It bothers me - the reason for only 3 stars.
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In a peaceful country village, someone is strangling ex-soldiers and leaving identity disks in their mouths. Inspector Rutledge, still shell-shocked from his time in the trenches, is sent to investigate. As always, there are complications.Typical of the series.
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