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A False Mirror (Inspector Ian Rutledge) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Todd
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“Full of suspense, surprises, and sympathetic characters.”
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“No mystery series I can think of captures the sadness and loss that swept over England after World War I with the heartbreaking force of Charles Todd’s books about Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge.”
Chicago Tribune

The remarkable Charles Todd has created one of the most unforgettable characters in mystery and crime fiction: Inspector Ian Rutledge, shell-shocked veteran of “the Great War.” A False Mirror is one of Todd’s most powerful novels, plunging his tormented protagonist into the center of a brutal crime that painfully echoes events in Rutledge’s own past. Poignant, evocative, and continually surprising, A False Mirror is further proof that Charles Todd is well deserving of the critical acclaim the Rutledge novels have earned; a New York Times bestselling author who belongs among the acknowledged masters of the genre, including P. D. James, Elizabeth George, Ruth Rendell, and Jacqueline Winspear.

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Unhealed scars of the Great War still torment Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge. A haunted, damaged shell of a man, he has been sent to the small coastal town of Hampton Regis to solve a violent crime and to confront his own tragic past.

An officer who served with Rutledge in the trenches of France before being sent backto England under suspicious circumstances has now been accused of savagely beatingthe husband of the woman he still loves. The suspect has taken the wife hostage, threatening to kill her and her maid unless Rutledge takes charge of the investigation.Although the case painfully mirrors Rutledge's own past and the love he lost to another man, he cannot refuse it. When the unconscious brutalized victim vanishes without a trace,it's clear that this peaceful little town hides a vicious murderer and secrets powerful enough to kill for.

About the Author

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen Ian Rutledge mysteries, three Bess Crawford mysteries, and one stand-alone novel. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060786736
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000N0WTHY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMPLEXLY PLOTTED, POWERED BY SUSPENSE 19 Feb. 2007
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Ian Rutledge, an affecting, strong, yet vulnerable hero was first introduced by the mother/son writing team of Charles Todd in A Test Of Wills. He's a Scotland Yard inspector, a veteran of the Great War now battling the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jean, his fiancee didn't wait for him, he's haunted by the voice of Corporal Hamish MacLeod whom Rutledge was compelled to kill, and beleaguered by his superior, Chief Superintendent Bowles, who seems determined to break what is left of Rutledge's spirit.

Seven novels followed the first, all tracing the tests and trials of Rutledge. Each is complexly plotted, powered by suspense, and insightful as the psychological scars of soldiers are revealed.

A False Mirror is set not long after the end of World War I. Rutledge continues to suffer with memories of the carnage and his very personal involvement. We read, " could he explain what war had done to him and to so many others? How could he describe watching Hamish fall, how could he tell anyone how the man had lain there, trying to speak to him, begging for release? And how could he ever condone drawing his revolver and delivering the coup de grace, the blow of grace.....?

He is dispatched to a small community, Hampton Regis, to investigate the almost fatal assault on Matthew Hamilton. The man believed to be guilty is Stephen Mallory, a veteran who also suffers the after effects of war. He had known Rutledge during the war and there is little love lost between them. Mallory is also the man Felicity, Matthew Hamilton's wife, had loved before he went off to war. In his current state of mind would Mallory have tried to kill Hamilton in order to be with Felicity again?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rutledge Investigates 3 star rating 2 Jun. 2013
By Big D
Format:Kindle Edition
I have enjoyed all the Rutledge mysteries and find them very compelling mysteries. Perhaps not the greatest or the most complex, but very readable and very enjoyable. I have read them all in quick succession often at the expense of my other reads, such is the addictive read they can become.

I love historical murder mysteries (Paul Doherty being my absolute favourite) and this series, set post WW1 paints a picture of the emotional turmoil, pain and suffering that afflicted many that fought and those they left at home. The authors do not shy away from that suffering but at times use it as a device to further the stories and the characters and this makes each one seem vulnerable. In this way we can relate to them as human beings first and foremost and literary characters second.

The main character is very much a human one, complete with his frailties, strengths and faults. He makes mistakes but also triumphs where others fail. The regular supporting characters get a look in every now and then but sometimes just as youre thinking you would like to get to know a bit more about them, the authors shut them away in the drawer for future use. This can prove a little frustrating.

The biggest frustration however for me is the way the authors often portray the women in their books. With the exception of the odd couple (notice Im not trying to give any spoilers or hints - you can make your own mind up)of women, all the stories feature at least one woman who is very, very irritating. Often this is a stereotypical irritation. It also occurs far more than any of the male characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A glass mirror offering a reflection on tragedy 19 Mar. 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
'A False Mirror' by Charles Todd was the first Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery I'd read. A New York Times Bestselling author, this series runs to twelve volumes and I'll certainly be looking to read more.

A man - Matthew Hamilton - is nearly beaten to death on the beach of the seaside town of Hampton Regis and his wife is taken hostage by his supposed assailant, one Stephen Mallory. Mallory has a whole back-story of his own with Inspector Rutledge in the trenches of France during the First World War and demands that Rutledge be sent from Scotland Yard to establish who really did attack Hamilton and, by definition, save him from the hangman's noose.

There are a number of clever twists and turns and I did not guess who the perpetrator was; I was still surprised when I did find out, not only by who it turned out to be but that I hadn't picked up on the various clues littered throughout the story - such is the cleverness of the writing.

What I enjoyed most about this book though - and I assume the same goes for others in the series - is the skillful portrayal of life in a sleepy coastal town just after WW1 and a country's changed social fabric. Certainly English society's class system appears on the surface to be as prevalent as ever - and that makes for a quaint historical perspective for twenty first century readers in itself. However, the exposure of its own fundamental flaws and permanently changed circumstances from the Edwardian Age, as well as our insights into damaged individuals as a result of catastrophic external conflict are what really sets this fine book apart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review
This is well written and the perpetrator is not obvious until nearly at the end·It is clever to maintain the suspense so long·
Published 9 months ago by Ms. Da Sayed
4.0 out of 5 stars A false Mirror
great yarn, more please about Inspector Ian Rutledge, and his activities, he kept me reading into the small hours, and it was hard o put doen
Published 21 months ago by May Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling series
I am trying to work my way through all the Rutledge books - but unfortunately do not seem to get them in the right order. Read more
Published 22 months ago by CFT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Excellent book,excellent service from the seller.would recommend them both for the excellence.Very atmospheric,captures the time and the place perfectly. Read more
Published on 23 Feb. 2013 by Danny
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving and kind of musty - 3-
The Inspector Ian Rutledge series has its ups and downs, but there have been some pretty good stories spawned within its boundaries. Read more
Published on 19 Jun. 2012 by Blue in Washington
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Rutledge Novel by Charles Todd
I have read on Kindle 10 of the 12 Ian Rutledge novels. I CANNOT READ #2 AND #3 BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN KINDLE FORMAT. WHY NOT? Read more
Published on 10 April 2011 by William N. Moriarty
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best of the series
The charecters in these seven novels have now had time to develop, I thought this was the best story for quite a while, I could find no niggles with the content. Read more
Published on 16 Jun. 2007 by Nicholas Peacock MA
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