Title: The Red Door (Inspector Ian Rutledge #12)
Author: Charles Todd
Publisher: William Morrow
Ian is the victim of an attempted robbery. The robber goes on to kill someone else during another robbery, leaving Ian the only one who can identify the robber. Ian begins to work this case, but is soon pulled off the case to investigate the disappearance of a well-known author. He questions the family and sends out constables to search London and the surrounding areas to no avail. After a few days, the man reappears with an explanation for his absence that Inspector Rutledge is loath to believe, but then he is sent to Lancashire to investigate the death of a woman found lying in her doorway. Upon asking around the village, no one can think of a motive to kill this woman whose son died at a young age and whose husband went missing during WWI and never came home. Everyone liked her and can’t think who would harm her. However, a witness soon appears stating he saw a man leaving her house the day she was killed. The man appears to be the author’s brother. Are these two cases related?
As Ian investigates, he also runs into Meredith Channing again. She has appeared in the last three or four mysteries and Ian is attracted to her, but does nothing about it. He is reluctant to get involved with a woman, especially this woman who sees too much when she looks at him. He is fearful she will find out about Hamish and his role in Ian’s everyday life. It will be interesting to see if this will develop into a romance or if Ian will remain alone, except for his mental/psychological relationship with Hamish.
When I finished reading the last page, I thought to myself, “Wow, how twisted some people’s thinking is and what lengths they will go to in order to accomplish what they want!” The selfishness evidenced by one character, the jealousy of another and the callousness of yet another character showcase a few of the many pitfalls of sinful human nature. These books delve into not only murder and seeking of justice, but why people act the way they do for good or bad. These books should make readers think about the choices they make and how they react to choices of others. I look forward to book thirteen to see what criminal Ian tracks in his seemingly endless pursuit of justice.
My rating is 5 stars.