January 2010 Indie Next List
“World War I affected not only those who served, but those who stayed at home. Inspector Ian Rutledge has returned from the war but has brought back his own horrors and guilt. Now, he is faced with two cases, which, he suspects, may be connected. Filled with unexpected twists and turns plus the personal angst of Rutledge himself, The Red Door is one more satisfying chapter in the life of Inspector Rutledge, his family, and cohorts.”
— Wendy Foster Leigh, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
At the end of a terrible war, a woman painted the door to her house red to welcome her husband home from the Front . . . but he never returned. Two years later, in the English summer of 1920, she lies lifeless behind that door, savagely bludgeoned to death.
In London, a man suffering from a mysterious illness goes missing, and his family members offer conflicting accounts of one another's whereabouts at the time of his disappearance. Then, suddenly, he reappears, miraculously recovered, offering no clues to the puzzle or to the reason behind his brothers' and sister's silence and rage.
Now Inspector Ian Rutledge, still haunted by the battlefield's horrors, must solve two possibly connected mysteries. He must uncover the family secret that nearly drove one man mad, and bring a ruthless killer to justice.
About the Author
Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.
-San Jose Mercury News on The Red Door
“Fascinating and compelling.”
-Winston-Salem Journal on The Red Door
“One of the strongest entries yet in a series that shows no sign of losing steam….Once again Todd perfectly balances incisive portraits of all the characters, not just the complex and original lead.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Red Door
“Engaging and atmospheric.”
-Library Journal on The Red Door
“A complex story with lots of unexpected twists and turns….A fun ride to a surprising conclusion.”
-Mystery Scene on The Red Door
“Superb…haunting tale of love and loss.”
-Globe and Mail (Toronto) on The Red Door
“In The Red Door, Charles Todd shows again that this series about Ian Rutledge, a battle-fatigued World War I veteran and Scotland Yard detective, is as fresh and original as when the shell-shocked detective debuted 12 novels ago.”
-Sun-Sentinel (Florida) on The Red Door
“An intriguing story that’s impossible to put down…reminiscent of Agatha Christie.”
-Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) on The Red Door
“The book is more than a whodunit. Todd’s characters are well-wrought, his settings evocative, and the book a pleasure to read.”
-World magazine on The Red Door