The Gate Keeper An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries)by Charles Todd (Review #2)


Reviewed by Jud Hanson

The Gate KeeperInspector Ian Rutledge is a troubled man. He remains haunted by his experiences in the war and it is starting to impact both his personal and professional lives. While on a solo drive in rural England after his sister’s wedding, Rutledge nearly hits a car stopped in the middle of the road. To his surprise, there is a young woman standing by a man’s body, her hand’s covered in blood. Despite appearances, she is adamant about her innocence, leaving Rutledge uncertain as to what to do next. It turns out that the deceased individual is from the village of Wolf Pit and by all accounts is very well liked by nearly everyone in Wolf Pit. Despite being something of a witness to the crime, Rutledge is given approval by the Yard to lead the investigation, which heats up when a second murder occurs and then a third. In order to solve these crimes, Rutledge must pry into the past of the original victim to determine what the common thread is before the killer strikes again.

The Gate Keeper by Charles Todd is the twentieth entry in Charles Todd’s best-selling Inspector Ian Rutledge series, set in the early part of the 20th century. “Charles Todd” is actually the pen name for a mother and son writing duo. The series draws on the life experiences of both for its plots and character development. This book, with its twists and turns throughout, is indicative of a series that should be around for many years to come. The character development is excellent and the plot is fresh enough to keep the reader engaged. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it 4/5 stars.

*A copy of this book was the only consideration given in exchange for this review.*