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A Matter of Justice by Charles Todd

A Matter of Justice (2008)

by Charles Todd

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Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries (11)

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Inspector Rutledge must dig through the past, clear back to the Boer War, to come up with the solution for the murder of Howard Quarles.
I'm not particularly fond of knowing the whole mystery at the beginning of the book, then watching the detectives stumble along a lot of wrong paths. It worked on a TV show like Colombo, because we got to see him picking apart the murderer's stories. He always knew who to suspect, and chipped away at them. Here, the reader knows "who-done-it" but the detective doesn't have a clue, is led down a lot of blind alleys and bumbles along while the reader knows all the details. I don't know if the reader was supposed to doubt who the culprit was? Anyway, it was boring. Also, Ian Rutledge does not really have my love. Perhaps he is a bit too tortured a soul for me to identify with? I give it three stars for coherency, and it wasn't stupid, so I'm not sorry I read it; but it doesn't make me eager to seek out more Charles Todd in a hurry, and that was an author I thought had promise. I've read three of the Rutledge novels so far, and still am only seeing promise. ( )
1 vote MrsLee | Feb 23, 2015 |
Title: A Matter of Justice (Inspector Ian Rutledge #11)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 330
Year: 2009
Publisher: William Morrow
The psychological aspect is ramped up in this novel. Inspector Ian Rutledge is called from a friend’s wedding celebration to take over an investigation of the murder of a member of the local gentry that universally was disliked. Ian has his hands full of suspects where normally his investigations take time to turn up a single suspect. Several in the town have motives to kill the cruel man found dead, hanging from the ceiling in an old barn by a contraption used during the local Christmas pageant to make the angel fly. Who would want to humiliate this man? What is the meaning of having the victim trussed up with angel wings dangling from the ceiling?
As Ian’s investigation progresses, there are two attempted suicides, an act of vandalism at the town bakery and a policeman under suspicion as a possible suspect for the murder. Ian is relentless in pursuing justice and leaves no stone unturned. He pushes himself beyond his limit physically and is involved in a car accident, but as soon as his car is back on the road, he is off to London to continue asking questions and gathering information. He also is always on guard lest someone suspect he is mentally unstable. He must guard against anyone discovering the existence of Hamish. He is often on his own, confronting suspects or reluctant witnesses. He is also often seen as the “bad guy” as he keeps asking question after question until he gets an answer in his pursuit of justice.
This particular story brought to the fore the capacity of humans to show great greed, deception, anger, manipulation, lie, cruelty and spite. Inspector Rutledge must sort through all these traits and emotions to find the truth in order to bring justice to the victim. His constant companion guilt via the manifestation of Hamish sometimes helps and sometimes hinders. The depravity of some people is depicted vividly. While sometimes distressing, it made for a realistic and riveting story. Just when I thought the mystery was over, there was another twist. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!
My rating is 5 stars.
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/. Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457 ( )
1 vote lcjohnson1988 | Oct 27, 2014 |
Very well done mystery. At first the reveal at the beginning had me searching for how the detective was going to uncover the evidence, since I was as much in the dark as he was. But then by the very end, there was one twist too many, and I kind of lost respect for the abrupt timing at the end... not to say that the bulk of the story was not interesting and most compelling- I couldn't put it down for 5 hours! Much enjoyed.
Definitely thought it better than the other Charles Todd I read about the disabled persons' house in the south. ( )
  margaret.pinard | Jul 24, 2014 |
This is another great thriller from the Charles Todd mother son writing team taking place in 1920's England and featuring the tormented and shell shocked Inspector Rutledge of Scotland Yard. This time the roots of the savage murder reach balk to the dark days of the Boer war. A great story. ( )
  bhowell | Jul 18, 2010 |
The authors are still managing to come up with new and interesting mysteries. ( )
  ElizabethAnnS | Jan 6, 2010 |
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Here the mother and son who write under the name Charles Todd get it all right: a shocking crime in a bucolic setting; secretive characters who act from complex motives; a confounding puzzle elegantly presented and put before a detective with an intuitive understanding of the dark side of human nature.


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During the Boer War, Pvt. Harold Quarles takes advantage of a Boer attack on a British military train to enrich himself. When two decades later his battered corpse is found grotesquely displayed at his country residence in Somerset, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge must sift through the plethora of lies, omissions and motives surrounding Quarles, who had become a successful investment adviser in London. Because the victim was almost universally despised in Somerset, Rutledge has no shortage of suspects.
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When successful London businessman is found savagely and bizarrely murdered in a medieval tithe barn on his estate in Somerset, Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge is called upon to investigate and soon discovers that the victim was universally despised.… (more)

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