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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lrg edition (29 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061945633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061945632
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pub Date: 2009-12-29 Pages: 508 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins US The Ottoman Empire began in 1300 under the almost legendary Osman I. reached its apogee in the sixteenth century under Suleiman the Magnificent. whose forces threatened the gates of Vienna . and gradually diminished thereafter until Mehmed VI was sent into exile by Mustafa Kemal (Ataturk). In this definitive history of the Ottoman Empire. Lord Kinross. painstaking historian and superb writer. never loses sight of the larger issues. economic. political. and social. At the same time he delineates his characters with obvious zest. displaying them in all their extravagance. audacity and. sometimes. ruthlessness.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
"The Red Door" is Charles Todd's newest novel in their Inspector Ian Rutledge series. I say "their" because "Charles Todd" is actually a mother/son writing team. "Door" is their 11th Rutledge and they have started a series, based in WW1 about a nurse, Bess Crawford. (Think of "Maisie Dobbs" about 10 years earlier.) This is the first Rutledge I have reviewed for Amazon, though I have read the other ten books and I did read and review the new Crawford for Amazon/Vine.

If I had rated the preceding Rutledge books, I would have given six out of the ten solid 5 stars. The remaining four - including "Wings of Fire" - I would have rated at 4 stars. "The Red Door", I can give 5 stars without any hesitation. Todd has told a story of a multi-generational family who has buried their secrets, only to have them turn up with a series of unsolved murders. With most Todd books, the main story - that of the Teller family - is balanced with a few "side" stories that are interesting in their own right. If you've enjoyed the Todd books in the past, you'll enjoy this one, as well as their new "Crawford" series. I do think, though, that if you're not interested in historical fiction, you're wasting your time reading the Todd books. They are incredibly filled with atmosphere of the times - the WW1 years and the early 1920's. I wonder, though, after finishing this book if the Todds will end this series and concentrate on Bess Crawford. Some of the ending of this book could possibly be the ending of the series, as well. I guess we'll see....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jan 2010
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"The Red Door, An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery," is the twelfth book in the popular British historical mystery series by New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd, actually an American mother-son writing team resident in the east coast states of Delaware, and North Carolina. The Todd team has also published a standalone, and one Bess Crawford mystery.

The book at hand, as the other Rutledges, and the Crawford, is set in the United Kingdom in the immediate post-World War I years. The country is sunk in deepest melancholy, grieving its heavy losses. The Inspector himself is a troubled survivor of the war who frequently hears the voice of Hamish, a Scottish sergeant whom he'd had to kill in the heat of battle. The author(s) describe Hamish thus: "The voice was deep, Scots, and inaudible to the other diners - a vestige of shell shock, guilt, and nightmares that had begun during the fierce battle of the Somme in July 1916. In the clinic, Dr. Fleming had called that voice the price of survival, but for Rutledge it had been a torment nearly beyond enduring."

Rutledge is initially called to investigate odd doings in the powerful, prosperous, and dysfunctional - aren't they all--Teller family. At the same time, he has crossed a young London hoodlum he knows only as Billy, who is now determinedly, and murderously, looking for him. Then he is called to investigate a murder possibly mysteriously linked to the illustrious Teller family. In Lancashire, Florence had painted her front door red, in joyful anticipation of her husband Peter Teller's return from the war. But he never returned: and the question is, did he ever exist, and mustn't he be a member of the Teller family that we already know?

The book's well-written, and well-done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: She stood in front of the cheval glass, the long mirror the Peter had given her on their second anniversary, and considered herself.

Insp. Ian Rutledge has two cases. First is disappearance of Walter Teller.
Rutledge finds the behavior of the missing man's family decidedly odd. The second case is of a violent robber who attacked Rutledge and who murders his next victim. Rutledge is pressured to solve both cases, especially as deaths mount in both.

This is another instance of an author making the mistake of assuming readers have read the previous books and, thus, not providing sufficient character identification or development, particularly of the secondary characters.

Ian and, less so, Hamish are well-enough accounted for. However, there are two characters with similar names, and background is only somewhat provided for one, but not the other, and it takes most of the book before any account is given justifying the antagonism toward Hamish by his superior Bowles. I am happy to say, the Teller family fares better although there are so many of them a Cast of Characters would have been very helpful.

This negative element is balanced by the positive pertaining to sense of time and place. Todd is very good at creating atmosphere, taking us to post WWI England. For historical accuracy, I rank Todd in the same category as Anne Perry, and that's high praise, indeed. The dialogue is very well done and reflects the period as well.

The other skill is in plot. Some may wonder at the need for the second story line. On thinking about it, however, it worked well at provided another element of doubt regarding the primary story.
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