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The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery | [Charles Todd]

The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own. Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head.
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Scotland Yard’s best detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, must solve a dangerous case that reaches far into the past in this superb mystery in the acclaimed series.

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses that he killed his cousin five years earlier during the Great War. When Inspector Ian Rutledge presses for details, the man evades his questions, revealing only that he hails from a village east of London. With little information and no body to open an official inquiry, Rutledge begins to look into the case on his own.

Less than two weeks later, the alleged killer’s body is found floating in the Thames, a bullet in the back of his head. Searching for answers, Rutledge discovers that the dead man was not who he claimed to be. What was his real name - and who put a bullet in his head? Were the “confession” and his own death related? Or was there something else in the victim’s past that led to his murder?

The inspector’s only clue is a gold locket, found around the dead man’s neck, that leads back to Essex and an insular village whose occupants will do anything to protect themselves from notoriety. For notoriety brings the curious, and with the curious come change and an unwelcome spotlight on a centuries-old act of evil that even now can damn them all.

©2012 Charles Todd (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Sarah United States 12-24-12
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    "Great mysteries and a wonderful narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Confession to be better than the print version?

    Simon Prebble has read most of the audio versions of Charles Todd's, and his readings are wonderful. Very rich and painful and macabre, much like the inspector himself. This wasn't my favorite of the series, but as usual, Prebble weaves the tale like a good play. You won't want to stop listening.


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    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 11-21-12
    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2004

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    Great narration and interesting story line. If you love British mysteries, this is a good one.

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    Aileen Armidale, Australia 10-23-12
    Aileen Armidale, Australia 10-23-12
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    "good but lacks coherence"

    I really like this style of mystery - police procedural, interesting protagonist detective, set between the wars in England. I thought the main character was really quite well drawn. However, I found the story somewhat confusing and the mystery itself implausible and almost irrelevant. I liked all the ingredients, but for me the story itself was not interesting. Also, all of these characters who take on each others' identity. That whole thing didn't work for me, and didn't seem to have any point or plausibility.
    The main character is very interesting and likeable. I was hoping for more involvement with his sister, who only appears in one scene but is also engaging. I might try number 2 in the series, eventually. An okay listen, but not as good as i had hoped. Nicely narrated, though, except for the terrible attempt at a scottish accent Xb

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    "A "Stiff" Upper Lip"

    This British detective procedural is fair. I enjoy a bit more of a pace in my mysteries.
    I just could not get pulled into this novel. Too much talk and little else.

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    Mac Texas 07-30-12
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    "Charles Todd At His Very Best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Confession to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read, only listened. But, the reader is superb, so I lean toward the audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continuation of a most intriguing character, Ian Rutledge. The author has refined and expanded him with each new book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His conversations with the rector.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was "moving" throughout the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, has grown and expanded as a character in each book of the series. Todd tells wonderful stories, with excellent character development - and the tricks and turns of the mystery are always fascinating.

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    Texas Bob Pacific Grove, California USA 06-08-14
    Texas Bob Pacific Grove, California USA 06-08-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Enjoyable time in old England"
    If you could sum up The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery in three words, what would they be?

    Old England mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The blend of mystery and old England


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Character voice


    Any additional comments?

    A nicely plotted, enjoyable read. Mystery plotted in old England. I will try some of the other books after reading this one.

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    A User Danville, IN, United States 05-21-14
    A User Danville, IN, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "10 hours seemed more like 20"

    The Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries are certainly that- mysterious. They are dark, plodding, gloomy, and at times tedious. I love an intricate plot, and these books do have very entangled plots. But sometimes it seems the Charles Todd makes the story so complex and entangled that it strains credulity... and not in a good way. The police procedural details that I usually enjoy following are slow, slow and slow. And did I say slow? I wanted to stop listening several times, but stuck with it just out of curiosity as to just which unlikely character would turn out being the murderer. Simon Prebble does a good job with his narration, and much of the descriptive writing is quite good. The whole post WW1 historical background is also interesting. But I can't either read or listen to another one of these books. Whew!

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    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13
    Betsy Georgitis Western US 04-16-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy a variety of books including mysteries, historical fiction as well as young adult and children's literature. Listening to books gives me the ability to "read" in the car as well as the evening as a nightcap before bed.

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    "Not a winner"

    I found this mystery novel tedious, long and a bit boring. The main character was depressive and the mystery was not particularly interesting. None of the characters seemed well developed or engaging.

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    Patricia Gympie, Australia 03-04-13
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    "A Great Who Did Story"
    What did you love best about The Confession?

    I liked the way the book wove the characters together. Making you really think about who did it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    to me it wasn't an on the edge book, but a good tale that kept you coming back to hear more.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    Ruledge & his dead mate giving his opinion was excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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    Mark Huntington, NY, United States 02-20-13
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    "Well worth a credit."
    What did you love best about The Confession?

    I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I have listened to over 100 books over the years and this book takes place after WW1 which is was something new for me and the story moved right along. Is it the best book I have listened to no, but was it worth one of my credits absolutely.


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