The Red Door; Charles Todd
In fairness to the author (mother and son team of Carline and Charles Todd - writing as Charles Todd), this was my first book in this series - despite the fact that 11 previous mysteries have been released.
The mystery is set in early 1920. Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is called to investigate the disappearance of one Walter Teller. Walter was a missionary who disappeared from the Belvedere Clinic after suffering a mental breakdown which resulted from some war time trauma. At around the same time that Walter returns home on his own after that disappearance, a woman named Florence Teller is found murdered in her home in Lancashire (the home with the "Red Door"). Florence had been waiting for her husband Peter to return from The Great War -- he never did.
To complicate things a bit, Walter Teller, has two brothers: Edwin and a brother named Peter Teller who is married to a different woman. Although it seems likely that the two Teller cases could be connected, the family denies any connection, and while there is more to this mystery, I do not want to give out too much info and risk spoiling the story for other readers.
MY THOUGHTS - The Red Door was a well written historical mystery. I do wish I has read at least a few of the earlier books from this series before diving into #12. Had I done so I believe I would have had a better understanding of Inspection Rutledge and those he worked with in the past. Despite this, the novel had a interesting cast of characters/suspects, and plenty of twists and turns along the way to hold the reader's interest. The multiple story lines come together well to make for a satisfying ending. RATING - 3.5/5
NOTE: Just a few months ago I read the first in a new Charles Todd series called, A Duty to the Dead, featuring Bess Crawford. I really enjoyed that book (also a historical mystery). This writing team is very talented, so my recommendation would be to either start at the beginning of this series, or try A Duty to the Dead first. If interested you can read my review HERE for the other book.
(Review copy was sent to me by Harper Collins - many thanks)