The Gate Keeper

The Gate Keeper On a deserted road late at night Scotland Yard s Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dange

  • Title: The Gate Keeper
  • Author: Charles Todd
  • ISBN: 9780062678737
  • Page: 304
  • Format: ebook
  • On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard s Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.Hours after his sister s wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drOn a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard s Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this twentieth installment of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series.Hours after his sister s wedding, a restless Ian Rutledge drives aimlessly, haunted by the past, and narrowly misses a motorcar stopped in the middle of a desolate road Standing beside the vehicle is a woman with blood on her hands and a dead man at her feet.She swears she didn t kill Stephen Wentworth A stranger stepped out in front of their motorcar, and without warning, fired a single shot before vanishing into the night But there is no trace of him And the shaken woman insists it all happened so quickly, she never saw the man s face.Although he is a witness after the fact, Rutledge persuades the Yard to give him the inquiry, since he s on the scene But is he seeking justice or fleeing painful memories in London Wentworth was well liked, yet his bitter family paint a malevolent portrait, calling him a murderer But who did Wentworth kill Is his death retribution Or has his companion lied Wolf Pit, his village, has a notorious history in Medieval times, the last wolf in England was killed there When a second suspicious death occurs, the evidence suggests that a dangerous predator is on the loose, and that death is closer than Rutledge knows.

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      Charles Todd is the pen name used by a mother and son writing team, Caroline Todd and Charles Todd.

    426 thoughts on “The Gate Keeper”

    1. I found The Gate Keeper to be a more enjoyable book to read than Racing the Devil, the previous book in the series. The story is definitely more compelling in this book and the mystery of the man killed by a stranger in the night on a desolated road is perplexing. It's the kind of mystery where much of the investigation hangs on interviews of those around the dead man. Which to be honest, can be a bit of a problem when a book's story isn't that engaging. This book handles that in a good way, alt [...]


    2. This book is one of the better reads, in this most excellent(and one of my favorite) series. Rutledge not only wrestles with his own demons, but has a real stumper of a case, that he actually stumbles upon. I was pretty much stumped, as well, which keeps me reading longer. I know, first world problem. Both this series, and the Todd's terrific "Bess Crawford" series, are highly recommended. Also, kudos to my cousin(and friend) Janet for recommending them to me.


    3. It's hard to believe this is book twenty in this most excellent series about a Scotland Yard Inspector struggling to maintain his career while secretly suffering from shell shock. What happened on the battlefield in World War I literally haunts Ian Rutledge. At times it seems the character hasn't made many advances in recovering from his mental trauma and yet when I look back on the series it is surprising to find that only a few years have passed since Rutledge returned from France and began to [...]


    4. Usually enjoy every plot device in the Ian Rutledge series, but this one went a few hiccups too far. Still a fan, but am unable to endorse the nonsense Ian got up to in order to bring to justice the murderer of three men.Anyway starts with his sister's wedding and then Ian's unconscious driving away from London without direction, though directly into a freshly done murder along the road. To say more would ruin it for another. Others may enjoy this one more than I.


    5. First Sentence: Ian Rutledge drove through the night, his mind only partly on the road unwinding before him.After leaving his sister’s wedding, restlessness sends Inspector Ian Rutledge driving on deserted roads in the middle of the night. It doesn’t expect to come across a stopped motorcar, a dead man, and a woman with blood on her hands who claims an unknown man suddenly appeared in front of their car and shot her companion, Stephen Wentworth. Rutledge takes on the investigation for Scotla [...]


    6. I really had no idea where this mystery was going. I enjoy Ian Rutledge's character and "character" I did miss Hamish a bit as I felt his presence wasn't as much in this story. I wish we could get Ian a love interest.


    7. One of the best entries in this good series. It really becomes a page-turner at the end. The author(s) take(s) the reader through every step that Rutledge takes as an investigator, so everything is foreshadowed and there are plenty of red herrings and places for the reader's imagination to go as Rutledge works to solve the mystery. As things come together, nothing seems like too much of a coincidence, because the author(s) show(s) all the detective's work along the way, but things only rarely se [...]


    8. The Gate KeeperByCharles ToddWhat it's all aboutI think that this was my very first Ian Rutledge mystery. Ian is a Scotland Yard investigator recovering from a very damaging war experience. This book took place in the 1920’sere were still fires warming old English houses and cottages and cars that had to be cranked. Telephones were rare cell phone service? Teasingof course. This book begins as Ian is driving away from his sister’s weddingtaking a breakwhen he sees a woman in the middle of th [...]


    9. Another compelling outing for war damaged Inspector Rutledge who happens upon the murder of beloved bookseller. The deadman's hateful mother and a hostile locall copper wish Rutledge ill. The solution will really please book people .


    10. Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge #20Publication Date: 2/6/18How in the world did I manage to miss this series until it was up to the twentieth book in the series? I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with our damaged WWI hero. It is two years after the war is over and he’s still struggling with his shell shock and has to constantly fight to stay in control. You have to admire him for his valiant fight and his way of dealing with his issues. I’m not sure how Hamish was explained in earlier books, so m [...]


    11. I would give this one 4 1/2 stars; Charles Todd does not disappoint. The plot unfolds beautifully and carefully, so the reader feels Inspector Rutledge's frustration at not being able to discover a clear trail to the murderer. Unlike so many murder mysteries in which clues are dropped, hints are given, and the really clever readers know halfway through the novel who the murderer is, this one puts you hand in hand with the inspector as he follows each clue nowhere until he can finally find the co [...]


    12. Ian Rutledge again pulled me right into the story & held my attention until the final resolution. Perhaps the vilest bad mother of all time figures in this story, the mother of the 1st murder victim. Ian himself is wonderful as usual & so is Melinda Crawford. A suggestion of a romantic possibility for Ian at the very end.


    13. The latest Ian Rutledge novel does not disappoint those who follow his cases. I became fond of the series several years and haven't got bored by any of the stories yet. Again, the intrigue is interesting and I guess it's one of the best so far.


    14. This was an intricate story with several red herrings. I love to read stories about England between the wars. It was a time of great social upheaval and a generation coming to terms with a new kind of war with almost unimaginable loss of life. I like the character of Ian Rutledge because he is almost hopeless with the weight of the memories he carries but he just keeps going. Having followed orders during the war that forced him to execute one of his best men, he avoids following orders from any [...]


    15. You'll be perfectly fine if you haven't read the earlier books in this fine series. Rutledge is a WWI vet with PTSD; you'll find him the most sympathetic of characters. Here he has stumbled upon (or more accurately driven upon) a murdered man. Who was Stephen Wentworth, really? Is he a decent man? Why was he essentially executed? Well, there's a creepy village and lots of secrets. AND then, another man is killed in the same way and then another and, well Rutledge finds he's got something quite d [...]


    16. It's beginning to seem that in most of these books, the culprit isn't introduced until the final chapters. All of the people in the majority of the story are never the guilty ones. Anyway, just a perception.


    17. After his sister’s wedding in 1920, Detective Inspector Ian Rutledge is feeling a bit out of sorts so he decides to go for a drive. Lost in thoughts of the war, he is forced to brake suddenly when he sees a woman in the road standing over a body. Although she has blood on her hands, she claims she is innocent. She then tells a strange tale about the murder that seems so far-fetched that Rutledge is convinced it must be true. Not wishing to return to London, Rutledge manages to get himself name [...]


    18. Charles Todd, the mother-son writing team, offers two different series: The Gate Keeper is from the Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery series (the other is the Bess Crawford novels). Both series take place in a similar time frame, during or after World War I, and are based in England (or France, of course, in the trenches). Rutledge served as a Captain and saw bloody action and was responsible for the execution of his Corporal, Hamish McCleod, who refused orders to lead his men into another futile c [...]


    19. Won from . Excellent book, &$ extremely well written. First Ian Rutledge book I’ve read, but the author provided enough information about Rutledge’s background so I didn’t feel lost. Ian Rutledge is an interesting character, a complex detective working for Scotland Yard who’s still recovering from the effects of working in the trenches during WWI. Story takes place in the 1920’s, & centers around Rutledge’s investigation of a murder that occurs in the English countryside. Aut [...]


    20. Charles Todd (actually, a mother/son writing team) writes consistently absorbing novels. This one is from their Inspector Rutledge series, based on times just after WW1 -- this one's from around 1920. I enjoy the atmosphere they conjure up of the times, when so many men had died, so many came back permanently injured, so many wives became widows. And the stigma of so-called shell-shock, which was interpreted in those days as cowardice, and was a stripe of shame to so many. We now know it as PTSD [...]


    21. An excellent English suspense novel taking place in 1920 shortly after WW1. To the writers credit I was perplexed to very end; however more important is the underlying theme throughout the book describing the terrible after effects realized from WW1 to both rich and poor families in England. I guess we will never learn the wretchedness of war. I highly recommend this book.


    22. I enjoyed the latest of the series as I have all the others although this one had a lot less Hamlish than earlier ones. I was drawn to the series by the time proximity to WWI. HIs struggle with shell shock and its stigma adds to a haunting image of that time and how people dealt with it. That part drew me an is interesting but the writing of some doggone good mysteries has kept me coming back to read them all. They keep me interested to find out whodunit all the way through. I’ve also learned [...]


    23. Author(s) write very well and Rutledge is a pretty sympathetic character, although I have mixed feelings about Hamish. I do think he lends a useful interior conversation. Plot line is a bit formularic


    24. After his sister’s wedding, Ian Rutledge goes for a drive in the countryside and comes upon a dead man. Pursuing the killer leads him to secrets that had been buried for years. The plot was excellent and the growth of Rutledge’s character and ability is well done.


    25. Once again, Ian Rutledge of the Scotland Yard faces a difficult mystery. With his usual thoroughness, he sifts for evidence and connections as he is tasked with solving two murders in the same village. On a personal level, Ian is doing fairly well in coping with his post traumatic stress symptoms: the result of being in France in World War One. He is facing a major personal change, as his sister has just gotten married. Still, he is able to rely on the ongoing support of Melinda Crawford as he c [...]





    26. One of the best books of the series. I think author does a good job of telling an interesting story and yet letting us see the pain that WWI continues to cause in the lives of the characters, particularly Inspector Rutledge, and the country.Very readable . . . enjoyed the characters although the mother of first victim a bit unbelievable.


    27. Due out in February, the newest installment in the Ian Rutledge mystery series is a welcome old friend. Rutledge is at his most relentless as he pursues the killer of a man shot dead in the middle of a dark road. This seemingly kind fellow must have some hidden enemy. I thought the plot of this story was worth following to the end. I do think Rutledge deserves a little peace and happiness and I hope he will be able to find it.


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