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The red door
Charles Todd
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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.ÅAfter the resolution of the case of the missing missionary, Rutledge investigates the bludgeoning death of Florence Teller,Åapparently 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The disappearance of a prominent missionary in London and the murder of a widow in an isolated Lancashire farmhouse at first appear to be unrelated events-until Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge unravels a case that involves an assumed identity, an inconvenient wife, a village love triangle, and red herrings aplenty. Todd's ( 12th Inspector Rutledge entry-following A Matter of Justice (2008), also available from BBC Audiobooks America-features less angst and more deduction than earlier episodes of this series, set in post-World War I England. Veteran British actor/narrator Simon Prebble's ( subtle performance complements this complex tale. A stylish and classic mystery that stands on its own and is sure to appeal to fans of this pseudonymous mother-and-son writing duo as well as to mystery lovers new to the series and fans of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers. [The Morrow hc was recommended "for Anglophiles who love cozy, historical mysteries with a detective who is bent but never completely broken," LJ 12/09.-Ed.]-Janet Martin, Southern Pines P.L., NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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