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A Matter of Justice LP: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) Paperback – Large Print, December 30, 2008
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I loved the story, though. I was unfamiliar with this series before, but I am going to be seeking out the earlier titles this afternoon. The book reads a bit like a combination of early Agatha Christie both in the storytelling and the emotional restraint of the narrative with the psychological depth of Pat Barker. I loved it!
The main story here evolves around the death of a not very well liked London businessman Harold Quarles. His body is discovered in the most unusual of circumstances in Somerset, where he has a summer estate. Called in is Scotland Yard Investigator Ian Rutledge. He certainly has his hands full for all the townspeople in both Somerset and London are not very fond of Mr. Quarles. Almost everyone is a suspect, openly verbalizing their dislike of the man and gratitude that someone finally did away with him.
The story mainly takes place in 1920 England but does take trips back to some major events in South Africa during the Boer War. There are a lot of characters here and they are all three dimensional and very well developed. They are all very believable. Most believable though is the main character, our Inspector, Ian Rutledge. His character does not merely go through the motions. We understand and are told why he thinks what he does and why he takes the actions he chooses. He is a troubled soul and has some mental problems due to some issues that fill him with great guilt from his own actions in WWI. He feels responsible for the death of a particular soldier and this spector haunts him. This man is very real to Ian Rutledge and he hears him talking to him all the time. Inspector Rutledge is a very complex man who is excellent at his job while being so disturbed that he continuously talks out loud to this dead man whose voice he hears. This makes for a very intriguing main character.Read more ›
The man was very important in the business world and lived as the local squire in the village and so when he is murdered the local constable calls on Scotland Yard for assistance. If it means a trip to the provinces, it's another chance for his superior to get Inspector Ian Rutledge out of his hair and his sight for a while. Rutledge is therefore dispatched to deal with the crime.
There is a bit of a twist in the telling of this story. At the beginning of the book, we meet Quarles and his later business partner Penrith as they are serving in South Africa during the Boer War at the turn of the twentieth century. Something happens at that time which will be the precipitant of later events. We also meet the brother of the lieutenant with whom Quarles and Penrith served. The lieutenant and all the others under his command, except for Quarles and Penrith, had died in a Boer ambush. Knowing all of these facts in advance, we are far ahead of Rutledge and the local police in determining motive for the murder and seeing how it was planned and executed.Read more ›
In this title, Rutledge investigates the murder of Harold Quarles, a London financier, at his country house in Somerset. Quarles has been killed by a blow to the head and, bizarrely, put into a winged wicker harness of an angel costume and hoisted high above the floor of a medieval tithe barn on his grounds. Rutledge finds himself with almost too many suspects because Quarles was widely hated in the Somerset village and at least generally disliked in the City. Even his wife was estranged from him.
Charles Todd (pseuonym for a mother and son writing team) sets the scene with a flashback to the Boer War that lets us know the probable murderer, though not all the particulars of how the murder was committed or the reason for mocking Quarles with the angel device. From then on, Todd gives us a fair play police procedural.
I've read almost all the books in this series and found this latest a bit on the lackluster side. There is little, if any, further development in Rutledge's character.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my third Charles Todd Inspector Rutledge book, and I've already bought another. If you like Donna Leon or Louise Penny books, you will like Charles Todd. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Joyful Nana
This book has a big start and a big finish and totally sinks in the middle under the weight of boring characters and a lot of time spent trying to make them into believable... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lois Feron
I've read quite a few Charles Todd books, both this series and the Bess Crawford series. They are "comfort" books for me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. K. Nelson
Anything by Charles Todd is worth reading. Love the historical contents and the story lines.Published 6 months ago by Ann S
If you enjoy British mysteries on PBS you will enjoy this book. It is a good story with many interesting characters. I will read more of this series.Published 6 months ago by Sparecat
I've complained that in earlier books the authors have left readers hanging with secondary and tertiary plots unresolved. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wendy J. Saunders
I enjoy all of the Charles Todd books. I just don't like some of their more questionable coincidences. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John