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
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.
Great narration and interesting story line. If you love British mysteries, this is a good one.
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
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.
Haven't read, only listened. But, the reader is superb, so I lean toward the audio version.
The continuation of a most intriguing character, Ian Rutledge. The author has refined and expanded him with each new book.
His conversations with the rector.
It was "moving" throughout the entire book.
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.
This novel has a lot of characters both past and present - at times I found the book confusing, probably because I listened to it in small segments during my short commute to work and this did not do it justice. I have found the Ian Rutledge novels are best listened to for longer stretches and they are engrossing enough to be enjoyed that way.
I have listened to this series in order, which is great, but I think any of the books could stand alone. I highly recommend the series and the books and both the narrators who read them. I haven't read any of these in print so I can't compare.
Ian rutledge needs a personal life. He's sounding more like a machine in this story. Too cut off from his feelings to function sanely. This man is going to crack. This story was too intellectual.
Absolutly love to listen to the great classic English detectives.
MAYBE, NOT SURE
THE WAY TODDS PLOTS, ALWAYS CIRCLE BACK ON THEM SELFES.
SIMON PREBBLE IS ONE OF THE TOP NARRATORS IN THE BUISNESS AS FAR AS I,M CONCERNED.
Old England mystery
The blend of mystery and old England
A nicely plotted, enjoyable read. Mystery plotted in old England. I will try some of the other books after reading this one.
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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