A False Mirror: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries) Paperback – 15 Jun 2012
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From the Back Cover
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 the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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, ".....how 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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
unbelievable plot has numerous visits by routledge and others to the house where a murder suspect holds an upper class lady at gunpoint.it would not have happened. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 on 26 May 2014 by Ms. Da Sayed
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 doenPublished on 28 May 2013 by May Webb
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 morePublished on 4 May 2013 by CFT
Excellent book,excellent service from the seller.would recommend them both for the excellence.Very atmospheric,captures the time and the place perfectly. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by Danny
The Inspector Ian Rutledge series has its ups and downs, but there have been some pretty good stories spawned within its boundaries. Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2012 by Blue in Washington
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 morePublished on 10 April 2011 by William N. Moriarty