Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

A Lonely Death is the 13th Inspector Ian Rutledge book put out by the mother and son author team, Charles Todd.

In a sleepy little town of Eastfield near Hastings where nothing has happened since Henry VIII, three men who survived the Great War were garroted and an identity disk was left in their mouths. When the son of an influential business man becomes one of the victims, Scotland Yard is called in.

It appears someone is exacting revenge for some past wrong, but what that wrong is and who could harbor such hate has everyone baffled and worried.

While Rutledge is running around southern England interviewing the men whose names were on the tags, a woman in Eastfield submits a complaint about his behavior. When he arrives back to continue his investigation, he finds that he’s been replaced and told to go back to London. Ian is pretty sure the recall is more political maneuvering to ruin his chances of promotion and less to do with the actual complaint. More smoke clouds the issue as more attacks occur and Ian takes matters into his own hands to find the murderer, and clear his own reputation.

I had heard about Inspector Rutledge before but A Lonely Death was the first book I’ve been able to read and I have to say I wish I had started sooner! It took me a little while to get into this one because I had no idea who Rutledge was or anything else about him, but by the fourth chapter I was hooked. I think the authors did a good job of balancing cluing in a new reader vs. boring a fan with a repetitive back story. Not all series’ writers do that well. I think that A Lonely Death was an excellent mystery/thriller and I highly recommend it.

Rating: 4/5

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.