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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Todd Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rutledge Mysteries Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781482980295
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Lancashire, England: June, 1920. Who was the woman who lived and died behind the red door? What did she see before she died? And who was the man who never came home from the Great War, for the simple reason that he had never really gone? How is the woman’s death linked to his disappearance? And why is Scotland Yard blind to the connection, even when Inspector Ian Rutledge points it out?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Superb.…[A] haunting tale of love and loss.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Todd again shows that this series…is as fresh and original as when the shell-shocked detective debuted twelve novels ago.”

    Fort Lauderdale (FL) Sun-Sentinel

  • “An intriguing story that’s impossible to put down.…Once you’ve reached the conclusion…you’ll want to read it again.”

    Charleston (NC) Post and Courier

  • “Fascinating and compelling.”

    Winston-Salem (NC) Journal

  • “Charles Todd keeps finding new ways to gauge the emotional effects of war on the living and the half dead.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of the strongest entries yet in a series that shows no sign of losing steam.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 2/20/2014

    " superficial characters, disjointed read....I guess it's not a good idea to start with the 12th of a character...not at all the book I was 'sold on' from the library recommendations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 2/16/2014

    " I loved this book. The perfect holiday read because the suspense kept me coming back for more. I could so easy visualize the countryside of Hobson and the solitude of the house with the red door. And best of all, a surprise at the end...my very favorite. I will definitely look for more books in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/16/2014

    " I really liked this book. It was very interesting and held my attention so much that I finished it in two days. I lived in England for 3 years back in the late 70's. Two of my children were born in Oxford. And, we lived in Brill, Deddington and Upper Heyford. So, I recognized the places in the book. And, I still remember the Queen's English as well as their slang. It was a good mystery that keeps you guessing until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie Angel | 2/15/2014

    " I was getting tired of Hamish, but lo, he is not so present here. I liked this one better than the more recent ones. It's nice to see the authors can sort of recharge, maybe because of the break with their new series? Anyway, this is a good'un. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christia | 1/30/2014

    " This was my first foray into the Inspector Rutledge series and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Once I got past remembering who was who in the large and extended Teller family, the twists and turns in the plot kept my interest. I also enjoyed the presence of Hamish and look forward to finding out more about his story in other books that are a part of this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Londonmabel Mabel | 1/19/2014

    " A very good English-style mystery. I was able to guess a certain amount of the solutions, but not too soon, and not every detail--so just the right balance between suspense and letting-the-reader participate. I also really liked the tortured protagonist, even though I haven't read the earlier books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikkee | 1/13/2014

    " I continue to love this series and enjoy the stories! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/11/2014

    " I definitely did a speed read of this one. Having so much drama in the one family - annoying. Look people, get your stuff together. I kind of liked inspector Rutledge and maybe in the future I will give a Charles Todd another try but for now I am moving on... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz B | 1/3/2014

    " A good solid mystery. I'm unlikely to seek out previous books by this author, but I enjoyed this one--and who knows, maybe I'll get in a mystery mood and start seeking them out. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lajuan | 12/29/2013

    " I just wasn't impressed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 12/27/2013

    " The plot is complex and multi-layered--amazing how it all comes together as a darkly dysfunctional family closes ranks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Oosterwyk | 12/11/2013

    " Best yet! Will Meredith stay in London??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bears Library | 11/30/2013

    " Perhaps it's because I listened to the audio book but I felt that the book dragged and the character development was poor. I still don't know Ian Rutledge although his relationships with family and the woman he loves seems to be quite relevant to the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SEY | 11/17/2013

    " Much better than I anticipated, picked up a nice copy at a lovely little bookstore in a small town. Have to support the Indies and the bookseller promised this was one of the "good ones." He was right, rich with the period, complex characters and a plausible but intriguing mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 11/3/2013

    " good as usual...but I wish the Inspector could get some counseling or try to get over his war problems.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Anderson | 10/2/2013

    " Fascinating crime story--a World War I survivor who works for Scotland Yard and the ghost of the man he killed for desertion solve murders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 7/30/2013

    " another great mystery. i figured out one part but was still surprised at the end. keep on writing this series!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 4/29/2013

    " I reaqd Charles Todd now and then. I like the time period - between the wars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 2/23/2013

    " Interesting, Too many characters. Would have helped to have read other books in series first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 2/11/2013

    " this is one of my favorite mystery series. The aftermath of WWI is a favorite topic of mine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/8/2012

    " I enjoyed this mystery. It had a good plot and was well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/1/2012

    " Another great Charles Todd mystery featuring Ian Rutledge, his Scotland Yard detective. Although there are some serious and frustrating plot flaws, it's still a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 12/9/2011

    " A new author for me but I like the inspector from Scotland Yard so will investigate more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alleycatfan | 10/23/2011

    " I liked this very much. Didn't figure most of it out until the last 100 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 9/4/2011

    " This series gets better and better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Castele | 9/2/2011

    " I read all of the Inspector Rutledge mysteries. They are written with so much intelligence and atmosphere they are addictive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 8/25/2011

    " A really good -- and entertaining mystery -- with a protagonist you've gotta love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 5/30/2011

    " The plot is complex and multi-layered--amazing how it all comes together as a darkly dysfunctional family closes ranks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaynel | 4/6/2011

    " A very compelling story, or stories, but in the end I didn't have all the answers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 3/22/2011

    " this was a good read. Not too exciting... just average I guess. I finished it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petra | 2/26/2011

    " The series is getting to be a little repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coreena | 2/21/2011

    " I loved this book! Set in England and in a simpler time... A great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 2/18/2011

    " Not Todd's best. The plot is convoluted and Inspector Rutledge seems to be wandering around in a sleep-deprived fog most of the time, without a clue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merreh65 | 2/12/2011

    " This is a very clever story, almost too clever. Would have liked richer character development. The love story thread was not kept going strongly enough throughout the story and made the ending surprising and incomplete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alleycatfan | 2/2/2011

    " I liked this very much. Didn't figure most of it out until the last 100 pages. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Todd

Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother-son writing team, are the New York Times bestselling authors of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. They live in Delaware and North Carolina, respectively.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received thirty-seven Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.