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ISBN# Paperback-(10)0-06-078674-4/(13)978-0-06-078674-8/E-book-(10)0-06-125887-3/(13)978-0-06-125887-9/Hardback-(10)0-06-078673-6/(13)978-0-06-078673-1
January 2008
Harper (an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
416 Pages
Rating: 4 Cups

Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge served with Mallory during WWI as his commanding officer. He is surprised when Mallory enlists his help when he does not hold high standards for the man.

Stephen Mallory is still in love with Felicity, even though she married Matthew. When Matthew is severely beaten, Stephen is the prime suspect and must do whatever he can to prove his innocence.

After Matthew Hamilton is beaten so badly he is unconscious, Felicity is beside herself. Gossip is, the culprit is Mallory, the man who covets her for his own. Felicity refuses to believe such a claim. Then again why did he run when the police only wished to question him? Felicity is surprised to find Mallory in her house. Just as he swears he was not the attacker but will find who hurt Matthew, the police arrive. A quick decision causes Mallory to hold Felicity and her maid as hostage. He refuses to talk to anyone except Inspector Rutledge. Felicity does not think Rutledge will leave London just to come to Hampton Regis but Mallory hopes it will buy him time. Rutledge receives the news and memories of the war in France and this triggers his mind again. He knew two lives hung in the balance, and not knowing the condition of Mallory’s mind, since the war, he heads to the village. After Rutledge arrives and is given more details, it appears Mallory has more weighing against him. The case proves to be more manifold as Rutledge tries to unscramble the facts and the truth that it very well may indeed turn out to be Mallory.

A False Mirror is one of those dark reads that just draws the reader into the mystery as it unfolds with every turn. The plot is magnificently done and the storytelling of this great novel is remarkable. Just getting to know each of the characters as they come into play is amazing. I love the way Charles Todd writes this mystery with the little twists and turns, not to mention the drama that the war still triggers into the minds of these men making the tale even more intriguing. War can indeed play games on people’s minds, and Mr. Todd has artfully penned this part well. This fast-paced gripping read carries the reader into the whole village and the priceless emotions of the characters.

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