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.
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.