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Subject: Charles Todd's Ian Rutledge mysteries
Date Posted: 1/9/2008 8:33 PM ET
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Who has read these? Did you like them? Do they read well as stand alone mysteries or is it better to read them in order?
Date Posted: 1/12/2008 10:01 AM ET
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Yes, this series is one of my favorites. I think it's best to read them in order, because the characters do grow and change, and occasionally a book will make reference to events in a previous book.

They are a little dark, but not Ruth Rendell dark, more like P.D. James dark, if that makes sense. Rutledge is suffering from what we would now call post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the horrors of WWI, and one specific horrific event haunts him constantly. This was a time when what they called shell shock was a shameful thing, akin to cowardice, and so he must hide his flashbacks and other manifestations of the illness. His illness does not keep him from being a first rate detective.

The mysteries are solid, with strong female characters and good plotting. They're well copy-edited as well, and I don't find many if any spelling errors in them, which is something I appreciate as well.

I hope you give them a try. Good reading! BTW, I should say that my wife enjoys reading them as much as I do.

Les

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 11:02 AM ET
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Thanks, Les! I have them on my reminder list and if I ever get any more credits (I'm a noob), I will get them next.
Date Posted: 1/17/2008 1:49 PM ET
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I just ordered the first in this series. I'm not sure if  I've read any of them or not but I thought I'd start at the beginning and work my way through them.

Date Posted: 1/18/2008 11:59 PM ET
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Yep, a really good British mystery series. Not  an action packed-thriller type, more psychological in nature. The "author" is actually a mother & son writing the books together, which is why, as Les said, I think there are various strengths to the books.  They explore not just a crime that has been committed but, also societal norms, class and human nature in telling the story.

Rutledge is as much delving into his own demons as he is attempting to solve the cases. Makes for an interesting premise in the books.

Subject: Ian Rutledge
Date Posted: 1/31/2008 9:42 PM ET
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yes to all of the above. The author(s) is American but really has a handle on post WW1 Great Britain - If you've  been around combat veterans you'll recognize Inspector Ian Rutledge as a very believable character. In a funny way I see Connelly's Detective Harry Bosch in a similar fashion, but carrying different Baggage.

Date Posted: 2/4/2008 12:57 AM ET
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I love this series, it's incredibly well-written and well-researched. The era really comes alive. These are far, far above your run-of-the-mill mystery series.

Date Posted: 2/8/2008 10:36 PM ET
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I just finished the first Ian Rutledge mystery and I've already started on the second. I really enjoyed the first one and I'm so glad that you all spoke so highly of it. Rutledge reminds me a bit of Adam Dalgliesh. Good stuff!
Date Posted: 2/9/2008 12:42 AM ET
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BTW...the latest, "A Pale Horse" is now out in hardcover.

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 5:08 PM ET
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Oh dear.. another series to add to the list.... ;-)

Date Posted: 2/10/2008 9:49 AM ET
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Hi Everyone,

This is my first time posting in the Mystery & Thrillers forum. I was just browsing and came across this thread. I guess it explains the reason for all the Charles Todd requests I've had lately. :)

I don't read much mystery anymore. It has to be something really unusual to capture my attention. (Maybe because my day job is research and involves tactics similar to solving a mystery. Who knows?)

Anyway, the Inspector Rutledge series - especially the early books - is one of my all-time favorites. I still have 3 on my shelf - 1 (The Murder Stone) isn't part of the series.

Will do 2 for 1 for anyone who PMs me with the freebie they want.

Genie

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 6:25 PM ET
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Has anyone read A Pale Horse?

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 6:56 AM ET
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By Agatha Christie?

Date Posted: 2/15/2008 5:37 PM ET
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Oh, sorry, no, the new Ian Rutledge novel is also call A Pale Horse. Jeepers, I forgot about Agatha Christie's The Pale Horse. I wonder if I still have that or if I gave it to someone.

::wanders off to bookshelf, scratching head::

Date Posted: 2/16/2008 5:28 PM ET
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:) Sorry.. I have not read any of the Ian Rutledge series. I did order some from Genie T so who knows... I may be hooked on to a new series before soon.

Though you would think I would be able to link the book to the author based on the fact that you are posting in this thread.... sometimes my brain decides to take mini-vacations on its own!!!



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Date Posted: 2/17/2008 8:28 AM ET
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Oh, and the wonders you see when you take your brain on a mini-vacation! Seriously, I think some of a person's best inspirations can come from these loose and seemingly random associations we make this way. I'm in the midst now of a big Christie retrospective, perfect for a blizzardy Sunday, and I thank you!

Subject: Book 2 is on my shelf!
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 6:08 PM ET
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I just finished the second Ian Rutledge book today. Most excellent. If anyone wants it, it's on my shelf!
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 9:21 PM ET
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So glad to hear that you're enjoying them!

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 11:23 PM ET
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Thanks to your recommendation, Les! I really love those thoughtful, melancholy characters in British mysteries. As I said before, Adam Dalgliesh is one of my favorite characters. Ian Rutledge is right up my alley. (I just ordered the third in the series!)
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 11:38 AM ET
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*SIGH* LeeAnne... you are making it difficult for me to stay away, you know that right? :)

I think I am a little in love with all those "Yard" men.... Thomas Lynley, Adam Dagliesh, Richard Jury, ....

Lester - A Christie retrospective..... which books made the cut?

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 7:01 PM ET
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Heh. Just tryin' to be neighborly! :D
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 7:20 PM ET
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Oh, I did a Miss Marple series, because the old bat reminds me so much of a neighbor of ours when I was growing up. Never forgot a single thing, always thought the worst and was quite often right. <grin>

So I started with The Murder at the Vicarage, then The Mirror Cracked, and finally At Bertram's Hotel. The mysteries themselves hold up reasonably well, with Murder at the Vicarage being some 80 years old now, but the classism, racism, and other prejudices so casually sprinkled thoughout make me uncomfortable now. Same with Ngaio Marsh.