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Sintesi dell'editore

After two London men end their business partnership, one of them is savagely murdered in a medieval tithe barn on his estate in Somerset.

Investigating the killing, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the victim was universally despised in Cambury - even the victim's wife and the town's police inspector are suspect. And yet in London circles, the man was highly regarded. What triggered his death?

Rutledge doggedly follows a well-concealed trail that finally leads him to the one person who knows the whole truth. But it's too late to stop a spreading evil and a vicious settling of scores.

As the seasoned inspector comes to understand the larger picture, he realizes he may not be able to prove what he suspects. In spite of his skill, this may be the only case in which Rutledge fails to get his man.

©2009 Charles Todd (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America

"In the stellar 11th Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery, Todd (the pseudonym of a mother-son writing team) seamlessly combines a fair-play whodunit with a nuanced look into the heart of darkness in the human soul." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Marie
  • 21/08/2010

Entertaining procedural through the end

This is my first listen to one of Charles Todd's mystery series. I chose it after a marathon of three of James Lee Burke's novels, needing a change of pace from Burke's contemporary and considerably more violent police procedurals. Like all good series writers, Todd brings the neophyte up with speed with his characters by moderate amounts of judiciously placed flashbacks and reflections. I enjoyed the post-WWI settings of London and surrounding villages, with side trips to St. Ann's. I enjoyed "knowing" at the outset the history of the murdered victim, and then listening to Rutledge try to piece it all together. Rutledge was a fine character, doggedly persistent in uncovering the truth when he could have easily washed his hands of the crime once a trial-worthy suspect was found. Like other mysteries I've enjoyed, I wound up listening to the last two hours late at night, unable to sleep because Rutledge was so close to revealing the oddly intertwined relationships that led to the murder. I simply couldn't wait to know how it all would play out in the end. It was difficult for me to keep track of all the characters through audio (some considerably minor but they still pop up frequently), and so I might have lost some of the character development that I usually enjoy in these well-paced novels. It was challenging to believe that the murdered victim might have actually had some redeeming qualities: I don't know if Todd just wanted to confound the reader/Rutledge in the quest to find the murderer or if the point was to highlight the strange confluence of guilt and evil. In any case, it added to the tension and kept me glued to my earbuds.

I love the narration of Simon Prebble who has an uncanny ability to modulate his voice just enough to discern the different characters without making them into caricatures. I highly recommend this particular novel in the series and hope to listen to some of Inspector Rutledge's adventures

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Cynthia
  • 25/01/2010

Good, once I got into it.

I initially had a hard time getting into this story, and thought I would need to go back and listen to the beginning again, but I decided to just keep listening, and it was an excellent mystery, with ties back into the past and all the things that make it fun to read detective mysteries.

17 persone l'hanno trovata utile

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • DEBORAH JOHNSON
  • 19/08/2010

Enjoyed this book.

I loved the feel of this book almost like an Agetha Christie. The twists and turns of plot kept me entertained all the way throught.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Christine
  • 28/09/2010

Excellent Entertainment

This is an engaging tale, well-presented by author and narrator, featuring a thoughtful, flawed, courageous protagonist in a cultural context with which I'm unfamiliar. It came together as the pleasant diversion I seek in this type of audio book.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Harley
  • 17/12/2011

escape!

A Matter of Justice is entertaining. It is interesting and different enough to keep the listener a listener! Just enjoy it.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Wayne
  • 30/01/2016

Another excellent Inspector Ian Rutledge novel!

Charles Todd never disappoints. Like his other Inspector Ian Rutledge novels this one is set post WWII; however, it starts with the Boer War 20 years earlier for background.

Simon Prebble is always a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Generale
    out of 5 stars
  • Gert
  • 27/05/2009

Good read

Enjoyed this one, have a go

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sonny
  • 05/09/2010

Ok but....

This it the first Ian Ruthledge story I've listened to and found the story a bit annoying in parts - the repetitive introjections by "Hamish" was just too much at times. The detective seemed too befuddled to be effective in assessing each potential clue. Maybe more reflective of reality but a drag after a while. I'm giving it 3 stars for the narration of Simon Prebble who does a good job.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kathryn S. Daugherty
  • 30/08/2010

Rutledge and Hamish don't disappoint

Althouth the reader knows from the beginning who likely "done it", the chase is still fun. And there are enough twists to keep it interesting! It fades a little in the middle. Takes too long to get to the meat of the matter.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Judith A. Weller
  • 05/01/2012

Another Winnder from Charles Todd

I have come to really like this authors and his detective. The mysteries are well plotted and the murderer often comes as a real surprise as does the motive.

The author does a great job of evoking post WWI Britain which I think is one of the things I like about these book. He writes of a simpler times but with lives no less complicated.

These are well-plotted books and I never a miss a one. If you like a well-plotted mystery which harkens back to a simpler time when detective work was not all forensic labs, but rather skilled interviews and following up clues and tiny pieces of information whereever it takes you - this is the book for you.

It is not a fast-paced book like modern day crime writers but I like this about the book, as I don't care for these modern day crime writers - but this harkens back to Agathe Christie at her best. If you like these period British Mystieries, you don't want to miss this writer and his Detective.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Blinkinmarvellous
  • 08/10/2009

Good read well read

I bought this title on the strength of the narrator (after listening to Jonathan Strange...) and was not disappointed.

Well plotted and atmospheric detective story.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kirstine
  • 12/09/2021

Well worth a listen

Not an author I've ever heard of, but I will certainly look out for more of his books if this one is typical. It's an interesting and well-crafted story harking back to an event in the Boer War that has ramifications decades later when a man is murdered. The story builds slowly but is never dull. The characters are well-drawn and the unraveling of the who committed the murder kept me rapt waiting to find out if the true culprit is found.
The narrator is very good

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • mcsmall
  • 21/12/2021

A good yarn

It held my attention despite the unnecessary character of the alter ego, Hamish a stereotypical Scot.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utente anonimo
  • 07/12/2021

Satisfying Mystery

Set in the past in rural England. Intriguing central character detective. Some might say slow-moving but I like the way it unravels slowly
Great performance by the reader.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 02/09/2021

Good story

A very enjoyable read ,great narrator ,well written. I will be looking out for more.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • fair minded Maggie
  • 25/07/2022

Good story, well woven with red herrings.

Intriguing story, well told which keeps listener guessing for a long time. Narrator:s soothing tone smoothes the tension and adds just the right aura.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • FloraMac
  • 23/05/2022

another winning story

always easy to listen to simon prebble and yet another great story from charles todd.