Advance reader reviews of A Lonely Death by Charles Todd.

A Lonely Death

An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

By Charles Todd

A Lonely Death
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2011,
    352 pages.

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  • Chris G. (New Albany, Ohio)


    Good tale kept me guessing.
    "A Lonely Death" by Charles Todd was my first introduction to Ian Rutledge. I was a little worried that I would not like the book at first as it is a little slow in the beginning but if you stick with it I promise you will not be disappointed.

    Although this was my first Rutledge read, I did not feel that I had missed out on a ton of back story and was easily able to follow along.

    Don't be put off by my rating of 4 as opposed to 5 stars. The story was very good and it kept me turning the pages - once I got over that little hump in the beginning. Had it not been for that, I would have given the book a 5.

    I am pleased enough to go pick up some of the previous Ian Rutledge books and get caught up. Definitely pick up a copy of this one if you get a chance...Rutledge, a cozy fire and a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of wine could make for a very good weekend!
  • Jenny P. (Cupertino, CA)


    Excellent Read
    The latest entry in the "Inspector Ian Rutledge" series is a great read, full of twists and turns and perfectly captures the atmosphere of England after the 1st World War. The mother-son duo writes seamlessly and some of the descriptive passages are truly engaging. Even though the identity of the villain becomes clear as the plot develops, my interest was held to the very last page. The character of Ian Rutledge is endlessly fascinating and the setting in the south of England is extremely vivid. The circumstances in which Inspector Rutledge finds himself remind me of the William Monk stories by Anne Perry and anyone who has read these books will be sure to find this series riveting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a well plotted mystery.
  • Terri H. (Battle Ground, Washington)


    A Lonely Death
    Charles Todd's latest novel was a little slow to start, but quickly turned into a roller coaster ride through the English countryside.

    Filled with all the twists and turns and dead ends a good murder mystery provides along with a touch of unrequited love. You won't be disappointed!
  • Carrol Ann S. (Ventura, CA)


    A Lonely Death
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, my introduction to the Charles Todd mysteries. Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is so real and likable, clever and determined in his detective work all while dealing with his own demons from his World War I experience.

    Who is murdering the soldiers trying to put their lives together after surviving the hell of war? And why them, who is next? Inspector Rutledge must dig deep to puzzle out the answer, for his reputation is in the balance.

    I want to see more of the inspector so will be hunting up the previous Charles Todd mysteries.
  • Anne M. (Austin, TX)


    Excellent mystery
    Although this mystery is quite far along in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series, it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel -- although some background knowledge of the detective does help.

    The setting is rural England, post-Great War Rutledge is a shell-shocked veteran, and three men -- all veterans -- have been murdered. It's interesting to see how Rutledge manages to solve the mystery without today's technology (he has to go to another village to use the phone, and of course DNA is not even a pipe dream yet), but also to see how little English country life has changed in almost a century.

    I highly recommend this book and can't wait to dig in to other Rutledge novels!
  • Pamela S. (Winnetka, CA)


    A Lonely Death
    This is the first book I have read of An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery. I thought it was very interesting & kept my attention. The characters were well developed & you learn to like or dislike them with all their faults. It's an enjoyable read. I would like to read the books in the series.
  • Vicky R. (Cumming, GA)


    Interesting subject matter
    A Lonely Death is my first Ian Rutledge read, and the author did a great job of writing it to stand alone. While it didn't rate 5 Stars with me, it was interesting and kept my attention. A tad slow in the beginning but I love an author who keeps me guessing, and this one did not fail. I liked it enough to now go back and start at the beginning of Ian Rutledge's history, which is intriguing and unsettling. This one is worth your time.
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