This is book number 13 in the Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries series.
“Charles Todd has penned another mystery masterpiece! Ian Rutledge is determined to find the killer who is garroting soldiers from Eastfield Company who survived the Great War. With the voice of Hamish, a dead soldier, constantly in his head, Inspector Rutledge wades through the red herrings and mistaken directions of the villagers. Along the way, we are reminded of the horrors and lasting effects of war while rooting for Ian to find love and happiness despite his fragile mental state.”
— Kathy Wales, Martha's Bookstore, Balboa Island, CA
“Todd’s Ian Rutledge mysteries are among the most intelligent and affecting being written these days.”
Critics have called Charles Todd’s historical mystery series featuring shell-shocked World War One veteran Inspector Ian Rutledge “remarkable” (New York Times Book Review), “heart-breaking” (Chicago Tribune), “fresh and original” (South Florida Sun-Sentinel). In A Lonely Death, the haunted investigator is back in action, trying to solve the murders of three ex-soldiers in a small English village. A true master of evocative and atmospheric British crime fiction, Charles Todd reaches breathtaking new heights with A Lonely Death—a thrilling tale of the darkness in men’s souls that will have fans of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, and Anne Perry cheering.
Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, Caroline passed away in August 2021 and Charles lives in Florida.
“Masterly.” — New York Times Book Review on A Lonely Death
“Todd once and for all establishes the shell-shocked Rutledge as the genre’s most complex and fascinating detective.” — Entertainment Weekly, on A LONELY DEATH (Grade: A-)
“[The authors’] subtle prose and profound empathy for all their characters enhance a suspenseful and twisty plot.” — Publishers Weekly on A Lonely Death
“Another engaging entry in a fine series.” — Booklist on A Lonely Death
“Todd’s intriguing revenge tale will keep the reader turning the pages, but the main draw remains Rutledge, the relentless inspector haunted by the voice of a Scotsman he executed on the battlefield for disobeying an order. Highly recommended for all aficionados of British postwar historical mysteries.” — Library Journal on A Lonely Death
“Eloquently blasts war for the obscenity it is.” — Kirkus Reviews on A Lonely Death
“Todd’s attention to period detail, plotting and character exploration are at the forefront of the 13th Ian Rutledge Mystery….Todd and his hero are in fine form from start to finish.” — Romantic Times on A Lonely Death (4 ½ stars; Top Pick)
“A strong entry in a strong series.” — Charlotte Observer on A Lonely Death
“Suspense filled.” — Oklahoman on A Lonely Death
“Todd invests this absorbing fiction with creative storytelling (including intriguing subplots), memorable characters and graceful, seemingly effortless prose….This is fiction that moves, entertains, and as always, underscores life’s victories over death.” — Richmond Times-Dispatch on A Lonely Death
“Compelling…a provocative thriller.” — Iron Mountain Daily News on A Lonely Death
“Fully realized characters, well-researched settings, and exquisite writing combine with a surprising and chilling solution to mark this 13th outing as a standout in Todd’s deservedly award-winning series.” — Mystery Scene on A Lonely Death
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