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A false mirror, Charles Todd

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A false mirror
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A false mirror
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Charles Todd
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  • Motive, motive, motive. Is it jealousy? Money? Or something entirely different? Scotland Yard Inspector Rutledge must find the answer when hes summoned to the small town of Hampton Regis at the behest of Stephen Mallory, accused of viciously attacking one Matthew Hamilton. Afraid of being railroaded for a crime he insists he didnt commit, Mallory holds Hamiltons wife and her housekeeper hostage, hoping Rutledge can prove his innocence. Its tough going for Rutledge, who is dogged by unpleasant memories of Mallory, whom he knew while soldiering in the Great War, and by the echoing voice of Hamish, also a fellow soldier, whose imagined counsel steadies the investigator as he casts about for suspects. Todd, the pseudonym of a mother-son writing team, incorporates touches of both Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie in this character-driven mystery, which builds smoothly but not simply to a climax that is likely to be a genuine surprise. -- Stephanie Zvirin (Reviewed 11-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 5, p33)
  • /* Starred Review */ The complex, evocative ninth installment in Todd's series set in post-WWI England (after 2006's Long Shadow ) showcases the pseudonymous author's usual subtle understatement and deft characterization. Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, who has returned from the trench warfare of France haunted by the carnage (and in particular by his order to execute one of his own men), heads to the seaside village of Hampton Regis to defuse a hostage situation. Stephen Mallory, who served under Rutledge's command in the war and is suspected of viciously assaulting his ex-lover's husband, demands Rutledge's presence before he will release his ex-lover and other hostages. To manage the crisis, Rutledge must weather the suspicions of the local police and identify the person responsible for the assault and two subsequent murders. Todd, a mother-and-son writing team, seamlessly melds a fair-play whodunit with psychological suspense in the tradition of P.D. James's best. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 6, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 44, p39)
  • Inspector Ian Rutledge of Scotland Yard is a man alone. Well, not exactly. Todd's eighth Rutledge installment finds the character still haunted by the voice of Hamish, whom he shot for disobeying orders during World War I. Now Rutledge has been sent to Hampton Regis because Stephen, a former trenchmate, demands that Rutledge find evidence to exonerate him of the near-fatal beating of Matthew, the man who married Stephen's former sweetheart, Felicity. To complicate the matter, Stephen has taken Felicity hostage to avoid arrest. Rutledge must sift through the motives of these small-town inhabitants and of Matthew's associates from his life as a foreign diplomat. The stakes are raised when Matthew goes missing and the body count rises. The revelation of the culprit comes as a surprise owing to multiple suspects with potential motives, but it is Rutledge's tortured soul that will intrigue and engage readers most. Recommended for historical mystery collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 9/1/06; Charles Todd is the pseudonym of a mother-and-son writing team.—Ed.]—Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L., MD --Susan O. Moritz (Reviewed November 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 19, p64)
  • The heartbreaking aftermath of choosing either side in the fight-or-flight dilemma. Stephen Mallory, once a soldier under Ian Rutledge's command at the Somme, seeks out Rutledge, now with Scotland Yard, then pleads to assaulting Matthew Hamilton and holding the man's wife, Felicity, and maid, Nan, hostage at gunpoint. Rutledge subsequently heads to the English town of Hampton Regis with Hamish MacLeod, the wartime ghost he can't shake (A Long Shadow, 2006, etc.). The villagers believe Mallory wants Hamilton dead so he can reclaim Felicity, who didn't wait for Mallory to return from the war. This scenario, which reminds Rutledge of his own wartime abandonment, is fostered by his dislike of the cowardly Mallory. While Hamilton lies comatose, Rutledge wonders who else might have attacked Hamilton: a solicitor who fiddled with Hamilton's inheritance while he was stationed in Malta; a foreign service officer Hamilton may have pilloried in his diary; a long-unseen woman whose memory haunts him (but why?); and another woman who might want revenge for his striking her down in a car accident. None of them, however, seem to have any reason for the ensuing deaths of the doctor's wife and Hamilton's gossipy maid. Clues that would do Agatha Christie proud inexorably lead to the dnouement, but Todd's fans will know better than to expect a happy ending.Compelling evidence that inside every warrior who returns from the front, there's a nightmare waiting to break out. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2006)
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Todd, Charles
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Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries
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A false mirror, Charles Todd
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000040594459
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24 cm.
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1st ed.
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371 p.
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9780060786731
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(hbk.)
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A false mirror, Charles Todd
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Control code
000040594459
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
371 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
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9780060786731
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(hbk.)

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