Juliet F. (clarendon hills, IL)
best one of the series
This book delivers the pace, plot, characters, and atmospherics typical of the series, which I love. But even better, it casts 2 contemporary themes- PTSD and school bullying- very effectively into the historical context of post-WW1 England. It's very well done, and a great read to boot!
Randi H. (Bronx, NY)
A Lonely Death
A Lonely Death was an entertaining mystery. The writing was excellent and kept me reading even after I'd figured out the "whodunit" before the end. And there was a secondary plot with a surprise twist at the end that was unexpected, if a bit far-fetched. This was the first Inspector Rutledge mystery I've read, and I found it enjoyable. I did not feel that I was missing any key information from not having read other books in the series. I was intrigued enough by Inspector Rutledge and some of the other characters that I plan to seek out the other books in the series.
Kim L. (cary, IL)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this intriguing story with its well developed characters. I found the book hard to stop reading. Rutledge is a very likeable character. The story was well played out and not easy to predict the ending. The setting was most appropriate and added to the mystique of the story.
Barbara R. (Fort Myers, FL)
A Lonely Death = A Deep Read
The Lonely Death is a tightly plotted book. Many twists and turns . You are taken into corners and then let out again with more knowledge. It took me quite awhile to figure out the killer, but there was much guessing . Much enjoyed. Will read more of Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge books.
Betty B. (Irving, TX)
Another Great English Mystery
The mother and son writing team, Charles Todd, have produced another great mystery in their Ian Rutledge series. Lonely Death is the 13th book which features a young Scotland Yard Inspector, recently returned from the Great War, shell-shocked with mental war wounds which are always present. Set in 1920 the series is an atmospheric depiction of the post-war era in England. Never far from his war memories, Inspector Rutledge uses his intellect and his experience from the war to investigate step-by-step until he solves his cases. He's a character you will respect, enjoy and root for. This book stands alone if you have not read the series, but once you read it, you will probably want to read the first book in the series, A Test of Wills.
Norman G. (Diamond Bar, CA)
Great central storyline
This is the second Charles Todd book I have read. The mystery itself is compelling and the story develops nicely to a satisfying conclusion. He did keep Hamish out of the story more, which makes for a better read. The weakness of the book lies in the distracting secondary story lines that never develop well and only serve as a distraction. However, the the small village life, the well-drawn characters and the mysterious garrotings all highly recommend an excellent read.
Eileen B. (Long Island, NY)
A Hystorical Mystery
This is my first book I have read in the series. I felt that it was a little slow moving and some of the characters were flat. There were times that I did not known where Rutledge was as he was traveling around the country. I know that this is a stand alone novel but if I had read some of the other books in the series, I may have understood Rutledge better. When I found out who the killer was I was not impressed but I read on. I am not saying it is an awful novel but it does not suit my taste.