A Lonely Death by Charles Todd

A Lonely Death
By Charles Todd
352 pages, $24.99
William Morrow, January 4, 2011

WWI is over and what’s left of the troops has returned home. In small British country towns as well as big cities the men still haunted by the scars of the “Great War” are expected to fill the footprints of their former selves. In Charles Todd’s newest, A Lonely Death, it’s 1920 and gruesome garrotings have killed three war veterans. Legendary inspector Ian Rutledge is dispatched from Scotland Yard to help solve the mysteries behind three seemingly random attacks.

This time, the Inspector himself is still reeling from the suicide of his dear friend Maxwell Hume. Before Rutledge can sort though Max’s death, on top of the three murders, another body is found, seemingly thrown from a cliff. Why were all of the victims found with an identification disk belonging to another soldier in their mouths? What’s the common thread? Is Rutledge’s own grief keeping him from sorting though the clues and putting things together?

A Lonely Death is the thirteenth in this Scotland Yard series with Inspector Ian Rutledge heading up the charge.  I must admit that I am new to this series, but won’t be a “newbie” for long. Often when reading a new addition to a well established series, a new reader can struggle for character depth and development, and find themselves lost without character history and plot backstory. Not so in this series written by a mother and son team using the pen name Charles Todd. With A Lonely Death, they have told a “stand alone” story that just happens to be a part of a well loved series.

A Lonely Death is full of history, suspense, puzzling subplots and a clear flow-through main storyline. It’s certainly a book that you’d want on a dark and stormy night!  Oh heck, on any night. I’m so enthralled with this series, I plan to go back and start with the very beginning. I can’t wait to turn the first page.

If I gave a star rating, I'd give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

This book was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected by review. 

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