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Red Door

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 136 x 203 x 22mm | 280g
  • New South Wales, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061726176
  • 9780061726170
  • 266,371

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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.
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Review quote

"Engaging and atmospheric."--Library Journal 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 "Fascinating and compelling."--Winston-Salem Journal on The Red Door "Compelling."--San Jose Mercury News 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 "Superb...haunting tale of love and loss."--Globe and Mail (Toronto) 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 "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
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About Charles Todd

Charles Todd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. Among the honors accorded to the Ian Rutledge mysteries are the Barry Award and nominations for the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys Award, the Edgar and Anthony Awards in the U.S., and the John Creasey Award in the UK. A mother-and-son writing team, they live on the East Coast.
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3,900 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 27% (1,071)
4 46% (1,796)
3 22% (877)
2 3% (119)
1 1% (37)
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