A MATTER OF JUSTICE: AN INSPECTOR IAN RUTLEDGE MYSTERY: BOOK 11
ISBN# (10)0-06-172724-5/(13)978-0-06-172724-5 and (10)0-06-123359-5/(13) 978-0-06-123359-3
December 30, 2008
William Morrow (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishing)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Rating: 4 Cups
Inspector Ian Rutledge suffered some ordeals during World War I that still leave a bad taste in his mouth. When Scotland Yard summons him to help solve a savage killing, it appears that terrible taste opens old wounds for many.
Harold Quarles has a business in Leadenhall Street in London. He pretends to care about people only to get what he wants. As a ruthless man, he is ostracized by almost everyone, and someone has grown tired of his dirty dealings.
Inspector Rutledge is thrown in to a case that extends as far back as twenty years. When he meets Inspector Padgett, who wishes him not to run the investigation his way, Rutledge immediately informs him that since Scotland Yard involved him in this case, he will investigate it as he sees fit. It appears the murdered man, Quarles, was not likeable. Half the families in the area had a falling out with him. So many suspects continue to come up with incomplete answers. When Rutledge meets with an investor in the Cumberline stock, Ronald Evering, the lies worsen. What terrible secret does everyone wish to hide and does it have anything to do with the Boer War? One thing is certain, greed and money often leads to bad partnerships and wrongful misjudgments, with secrets hard to unravel.
I was completely enthralled with A Matter of Justice. The creative plot, the in-depth characters, not to mention the well-written story was wonderfully done. There were moments I thought the story was real and that I was right in the middle of the investigation. Charles Todd has penned an excellent tale that this reader will not forget. I adore Inspector Rutledge. Even as a powerful character, he is still a man with problems that continue to haunt him, making him very human. Mr. Todd has painted Rutledge as an unwavering soul, ready to crack any case no matter the consequences. I love this story and could read it again and again. It will absolutely keep one guessing.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More