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The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery (Ian Rutledge Mysteries) (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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I'm struggling with a rating on this one because I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book until the last 20 or so pages, when the horrible circumstances of Natty's conception suddenly became.....not that horrible? Maybe ok? Perhaps not such a bad thing after all? I always enjoy Jackson's work because she is able to create such rich and full characters, and this novel is no different. But the ending. I don't want to give spoilers, and in general I try not to judge books based on my own moral compass, but there are some things that are just not okay, and I am having a hard time with the author's choice on this one. Reader beware - this one might be a rough one.
  NeedMoreShelves | Aug 5, 2014 |
Another really good read from Charles Todd. Simon Prebble does an excellent job of the audio presentation. Although this is #14 in the series, it is only 1920 so we haven't progressed very far from the demons and ghosts of World War One. Ian Rutledge seems in better control of his own personal ghost Hamish, but even so wonders whether sometimes people hear him in conversation with Hamish.

Things are changing at the Yard. The Chief Inspector has had a heart attack and been hospitalised and so underlings like Rutledge are able to take advantage of the laxer supervision to operate this case on his own initiative. Of course that also means that the Yard doesn't actually know where he is and should anything happen to him, it will be some time before help arrives, if ever.

The audio versions of these books are produced to a very high standard, assisted by the fact that each story is carefully ( )
  smik | Jul 27, 2014 |
This is the one set on "the River Hawking" in the Essex marshes, where "you could hide a battalion" in the tall, whispering grasses. The local villagers are wound up tight over the crimes of their ancestors two centuries back, as well as their own. Rutledge holds his own, physically, mentally, and emotionally: good job, Ian. ( )
  jzdro | Nov 8, 2013 |
The hits keep on coming in the Ian Rutledge series. Todd's character development remains took notch as do the plots. This one has a loose ends in the way of mysteries but the end brings them all together.

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  ScottKalas | Jun 10, 2013 |
Another excellent addition to the Ian Rutledge series. A perfect read when one is also following Downton Abbey on Masterpiece . ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
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For Sally and for David,
with much love.
Rutledge is one county closer to Mill Barn...and next year will bring him even nearer. As promised.

And for Carolyn Marino, and everyone at HarperCollins/Morrow, for being the wonderful people you are.
With much gratitude.
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The Essex Marshes, Summer 1915

The body rolled in the current gently, as if still alive.
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The Confession is historical crime fiction at its finest, continuing Charles Todd’s New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring severely damaged British World War I veteran, and yet still astonishingly efficient Scotland Yard inspector, Ian Rutledge. Todd’s troubled investigator 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. The Confession is a must-read for every fan of Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and Jacqueline Winspear, as post-war London’s best detective finds himself ensnared in a dark and deadly investigation that unearths shocking small town secrets dating back more than a century.
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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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