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A Matter of Justice (Inspector Ian Rutledge) by [Todd, Charles]
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"What has distinguised the Rutledge series from other historical crime fiction is that it often transcends the whodunit formula with its concerns about the morality of war and the terrible toll it took on the British nation." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Smoothly constructed." -- Booklist

Smoothly constructed. --Booklist

"Charles Todd hasn't made a misstep yet in his elegant series featuring Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge, and A Matter of Justice keeps the streak going."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"This series makes the anguish of the First World War and its scarred veterans as fresh as our own. Lovers of the British cozy will enjoy the range of settings, from cottage gardens to the remote Scilly Isles to fine country estates."--Charlotte Observer

"[A] complex British-style police procedural that explores the intersection of justice and vengeance served up cold. It's especially recommended for readers who relish P. D. James's Adam Dalgliesh mysteries."--Boston Globe

"A wonderfully plotted mystery will keep you engrossed and guessing right up to the end....This terrific read will please longtime fans and those new to the series."--Romantic Times

"Literate and wise, A Matter of Justice combines a plot worthy of Christie with characterization reminiscent of [P. D.] James and a profound melancholy that channels [Ruth] Rendell....The discerning reader with find not only intellectual stimulation but also moral enlightenment."--Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Another triumph...This is a historical mystery that should be used as a guide on how to do it right. Intriguing and complex, this is a superbly rich novel and a real treat for mystery fans."--Crime Spree magazine

"A sharp look at a country recovering from the devastation of war. Although it is set in the early 20th century, Todd's novels are timeless."--South Florida Sun Sentinel

"There's no end to war in Charles Todd's unnervingly beautiful historical novels....Here the mother and son who write under the name Charles Todd get it all right."--New York Times Book Review

"In the stellar 11th Insp. Ian Rutledge mystery, Todd seamlessly combines a fair-play whodunit with a nuanced look into the heart of darkness in the human soul."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"What has distinguished the Rutledge series from other historical crime fiction is that it often transcends the whodunit formula with its concerns about the morality of war and the terrible toll it took on the British nation."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Complicated, thoughtful, atmospheric historical mysteries of small-town England, as richly flavored as Guinness Stout."--Sullivan County Democrat

"A compelling book, as Charles Todd's books always are. It seizes the reader's interest at the very first page and keeps it until the end."--Mystery News

"Smoothly constructed."--Booklist

"Few people writing today are as deft as Todd at creating historical fiction....A Matter of Justice is an intricately plotted mystery dealing with the lingering effects of yet another war."--Winston-Salem Journal

"The plot is as complicated as any that Agatha Christie contrived, with characters as dark and complex as any of P. D. James'....Just the ticket."--Wilmington Star News

"With its typically intricate plotting, detailed characterizations, and red herrings, this is a compelling addition to the popular Ian Rutledge series."--Library Journal

There s no end to war in Charles Todd s unnervingly beautiful historical novels....Here the mother and son who write under the name Charles Todd get it all right. --New York Times Book Review"

What has distinguished the Rutledge series from other historical crime fiction is that it often transcends the whodunit formula with its concerns about the morality of war and the terrible toll it took on the British nation. --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"

In the stellar 11th Insp. Ian Rutledge mystery, Todd seamlessly combines a fair-play whodunit with a nuanced look into the heart of darkness in the human soul. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

A wonderfully plotted mystery will keep you engrossed and guessing right up to the end....This terrific read will please longtime fans and those new to the series. --Romantic Times"

Another triumph...This is a historical mystery that should be used as a guide on how to do it right. Intriguing and complex, this is a superbly rich novel and a real treat for mystery fans. --Crime Spree magazine"

Smoothly constructed. --Booklist"

With its typically intricate plotting, detailed characterizations, and red herrings, this is a compelling addition to the popular Ian Rutledge series. --Library Journal"

The plot is as complicated as any that Agatha Christie contrived, with characters as dark and complex as any of P. D. James ....Just the ticket. --Wilmington Star News"

This series makes the anguish of the First World War and its scarred veterans as fresh as our own. Lovers of the British cozy will enjoy the range of settings, from cottage gardens to the remote Scilly Isles to fine country estates. --Charlotte Observer"

A sharp look at a country recovering from the devastation of war. Although it is set in the early 20th century, Todd s novels are timeless. --South Florida Sun Sentinel"

Charles Todd hasn t made a misstep yet in his elegant series featuring Scotland Yard detective Ian Rutledge, and A Matter of Justice keeps the streak going. --Cleveland Plain Dealer"

[A] complex British-style police procedural that explores the intersection of justice and vengeance served up cold. It s especially recommended for readers who relish P. D. James s Adam Dalgliesh mysteries. --Boston Globe"

Few people writing today are as deft as Todd at creating historical fiction....A Matter of Justice is an intricately plotted mystery dealing with the lingering effects of yet another war. --Winston-Salem Journal"

Complicated, thoughtful, atmospheric historical mysteries of small-town England, as richly flavored as Guinness Stout. --Sullivan County Democrat"

Literate and wise, A Matter of Justice combines a plot worthy of Christie with characterization reminiscent of [P. D.] James and a profound melancholy that channels [Ruth] Rendell....The discerning reader with find not only intellectual stimulation but also moral enlightenment. --Richmond Times-Dispatch"

A compelling book, as Charles Todd s books always are. It seizes the reader s interest at the very first page and keeps it until the end. --Mystery News"

Synopsis

Longtime business partners decide to go their separate ways. Then, one of the men is savagely murdered, and his body is strung up in an old tithe barn on his estate. When Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is called in to investigate, he finds a whole village full of suspects. Rutledge doggedly follows a sparse trail that ultimately leads him to the one person who knows the whole truth. But by then, a secret from the past has unleashed more evil. Rutledge begins to understand the larger picture but isn't sure he can prove much of what he suspects. Is this to be the only case where Rutledge doesn't get his man?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1043 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (24 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLKSZC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First Sentence: Ronald Evering was in his study, watching a mechanical toy bank go through its motions, when the idea first came to him.

During the Boar War, Harold Quarles committed a heinous act of cowardice, brutality and, along with a partner, greed. Twenty years' later, Inspector Ian Rutledge has been call to the town of Cambury. The local constable found Quarles dead and hanging in his barn in a Christmas pageant rigging with angel wings.

In the local town, Rutledge finds a multitude of people who had no love of Quarles and are happy to see him dead. In London, where Quarles did business, he seemed to have been liked and respected and liked. Rutledge finds he needs to understand the victim to find the killer.

Although the 11th book in the series, it's only one year later in time since the start, so Rutledge is still very much dealing with shell shock, the voice of Hamish, a soldier Rutledge had shot for desertion, in his head and trying not to let anyone know it.

Ian Rutledge is such a strong character. He is prideful yet dedicated to justice while still dealing with his internal scars from WWI. The secondary characters are numerous but strong and distinctive. It is a story of characters and the damage one person can do to so many others.

The sense of time and place is so well drawn, you feel you are there. The dialogue is well done and appropriate to the time. The story is so well plotted with an abundance of trails down which Rutledge is taken in his pursuit of truth. Even our knowing Quarles history doesn't does not detract from the quest.

Once again, Todd has delivered a complex, excellent book. There is something about Todd's writing that takes it a step above. Whatever it is, I'm happy to keep reading their books.
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This book introduces us to Inspector Ian Rutledge who has come through WW1 with a number of issues but he still gets on with the job he had before the war. Very interesting subject matter and I look forward to reading other Ian Rutledge mysteries.
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"A Matter of Justice" is the eleventh novel in a British historical mystery series by Charles Todd; Charles Todd being the name taken by a mother/son writing team that live in Delaware and North Carolina. The series of police procedurals is set just after World War I. It stars Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, who just about survived the war, with a touch of shell shock, as they used to call Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and the voice of his sergeant and best soldier, Hamish, a Scot, whom he'd had to execute on the field, in his head.

In the current instalment, Rutledge is sent to investigate the death of a highly successful London businessman, savagely murdered shortly after ending his partnership with another such. Furthermore, Quarles's body has been put on bizarre display in a medieval tithe barn on his Somerset estate. Rutledge's investigation in the local village of Cambury soon turns up an embarrassment of candidates for the killer, ranging from the victim's wife to the local police constable: yet Rutledge finds the man was highly regarded in London business circles. The Inspector soon begins to wonder if, perhaps, like many murders, the reasons for this one don't go back into the past, perhaps to an earlier war.

It's obvious that a lot of research has gone into "A Matter of Justice," and the ambiance of the period has been well-thought out, and -fleshed out, from cars to clothes to pastimes,toys and games. Descriptive and narrative are fine; dialog is good, though the writing is occasionally marred by fussy fustian language. It's surely not necessary to utilize such language in a novel written in a contemporary time, even if the book is set in the past.
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an interesting storyline marred by niggling errors of british life....eg tipping a lad ten pence(10 pennies too much in that era and a most peculiar amount predecimalisation) and the attempted suicide would have been arrested immediately as suicide was a crime until the 1961 suicide act!! Please employ a british editor!
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Every great literary detective has a special quirk: Poirot has his little grey cells; Marple has her fleecy knitting; Rumpole has his claret and Wordsworth; and Morse has his pint and his opera. In the tradition of these exemplar's, Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard, the creditable sleuth of Charles Todd's "A Matter of Justice," has his Hamish. Acting as a sort of Greek (or Scottish) chorus, Hamish, who was killed going over the top in the Great War, lives on in Rutledge's head, persistently offering advice, often unsought, on the case at hand. His existence certainly renders Ian Rutledge one of the most interesting detective protagonists that I have encountered of late.

"A Matter of Justice" is set in England of 1920. And although it contains a continuity error (e.g., Betty, described as "age forty" on page 90 becoming "an elderly woman" on page 294), the book held my interest throughout. The characters are believable and the mystery is intriguing. Mr. Todd takes the time to develop his characters and to describe his settings, which include Devonshire, a Somerset village, and one of the Scilly Isles.

I suppose that this mystery is one that would be called a "cozy" in the trade. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would recommend it to anyone who likes an old-fashioned mystery which presents a complex puzzle to be solved with a nice cup of tea.

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