The Red Door

The Red Door

eBook - 2009
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In post-World War I England, Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge faces a wall of silence as he attempts to bring a ruthless killer to justice for the bludgeoning death of a Lancashire woman and the murder of a man who never came home from the Great War.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York, NY : HarperCollins e-books, 2009
ISBN: 9780061963520
Branch Call Number: 813/.54 22


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These period mysteries when women are depicted as powerless, unless they are murdering someone, are annoying to read. I never did discover why she painted the door red, drama without foundation. And what happened to poor little Henry under the archaic British legal system. A tedious read.

Feb 22, 2014

About as dry a book as I've ever read.

Jun 12, 2012

The story keeps you turning the pages.

hgeng63 Feb 08, 2012

Entertaining, though the Todds have written better books. Still couldn't guess who the killer turned out to be, though.

tomato Aug 20, 2010

Pretty darn good!

May 31, 2010

Handsome Ian Rutledge, a survivor of the Great War who lives with shell shock and the voice of Hamish, one of his men, in his ear solves a complicated crime involving people named Teller, one of them in a house with a red door and a parrot named Jake.

Well done. This is the latest in a series written by a mother and son writing team in NC!

May 30, 2010

I liked this novel in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. This one is set in 1920, London and Lancashire and concerns a typical English dysfunctional family and the murder(s?) that ensue when jealousy and rivalries consume them. Fast paced detective work, lots of interesting dialogue combine to make this an easy enjoyable read.

Feb 17, 2010

Anger and incoherence. A cast of characters might have helped, had it been worth reading.


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Feb 14, 2011

Story starts in 1918. A woman waiting for her husband to come home to England wants something special to greet him, so she paints the front door red. Then story moves to a family of siblings. One brother becomes suddenly ill, but the doctors cannot diagnose. He leaves hospital and disappears for a short time, but wont or cant tell anyone why. Meanwhile, his younger brother Peter may be the Peter that the woman behind red door was waiting for. But he is married to Susannah, who appears not to be that woman. Peter has a leg wound from the war.

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