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The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Ian Rutledge Mysteries) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Charles Todd

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Title:The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Ian Rutledge Mysteries)
Authors:Charles Todd
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2012), Paperback, 368 pages
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Tags:mystery, r2013, audio

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I liked this better than many of the previous books in the series. Less Hamish is a good thing for me. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
A man presents himself to Scotland Yard and confesses to a crime he says he committed. He then disappears and turns up murdered.
Rutledge, accompanied by his "passenger", Hamish, the voice of a fellow soldier, for hose death he is responsible, investigate a very closed, angry community. possibly involved in smuggling, but possibly involved in very much more. Absolutely everyone has something to hide.
The story is solidly written, but I didn't find it as interesting as former books in the series. ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
This was the first book I read by Charles Todd (mother-son writing team). I became impatient with the story and with the character of Rutledge; however after a month I was still thinking about the story and decided to re-read. I'm glad I did as I found I paid more attention the second time. While this isn't my favorite of the Rutledge books I still found the development of the moral sensibility of Ian Rutledge fascinating and well-illustrated in this volume. ( )
  kellyn | Jun 19, 2015 |
Title: The Confession (Inspector Ian Rutledge #14)
Author: Charles Todd
Pages: 344
Year: 2012
Publisher: William Morrow
Inspector Ian Rutledge receives a visit from a man who confesses to killing another man five years prior. Ian likes the confessor, but has his doubts as to the truth of his confession. On his own time, Ian goes to the small village where the murder allegedly took place. He is met with open hostility and leaves the village thinking something is not quite right there. He does some more digging with no real results. Then, two weeks later, the man who confessed to committing the murder is himself found murdered. Now, there is an official case headed up by Rutledge.
Upon returning to the village, he again meets with resistance everywhere he turns. He is led down many different avenues, but always seems to wind up at a dead end. There are other unsolved murders in the past of some of the villagers, but are they related to his current case? He believes that they just might be. He knows he is missing one vital piece of the puzzle and then he’ll be able to solve the case. Can he catch the killer before he kills one last time and makes good his escape? Timing is everything.
Once again, the writing team of Charles Todd delivers an excellent mystery! There were many twists and turns in the plot that left me baffled about the killer’s identity. The tension built by skillful writing was palpable and left me quickly turning page after page. The vivid descriptions of the scenery put me right there in my mind as if I were in the story myself. With each novel in the series, I am enjoying getting to know Inspector Rutledge better and how his mind works to achieve justice in his mind. I hope to read the next book in the series within the next few weeks as I bet it will be another winner!
My rating is 5 stars.
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/. Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457 ( )
  lcjohnson1988 | Jan 5, 2015 |
A man confesses to Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge that he committed murder. When the man is murdered, found floating in the Thames, Rutledge soon finds out he is not who he said he was. In investigating the murder, he winds up in a creepy little village in Essex, where he is definitely persona non grata.

Rutledge is a wonderfully flawed character, a World War I veteran, suffering from what we today call post-traumatic stress disorder. He’s plagued with a voice in his head of a solder, Hamish, he was required to execute on the battlefield.

My husband gave up on this series because Rutledge seemed to spend more time traveling to and fro than actually investigating the crime. I found The Confession frustrating to read for much the same reason: lack of focus on the actual investigation.

Although the story was OK, I probably won’t read another in the series. ( )
  NewsieQ | Dec 17, 2014 |
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Troubled Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge wrestles with a startling and dangerous case that reaches far into the past when a false confession from a man who is not who he claims to be leads to a brutal murder.

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