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The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery Audiobook

The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 11-21-12
    Amazon Customer Lexington, NC, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2016

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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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    Steven 08-22-12
    Steven 08-22-12 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mac Guy Texas 07-30-12
    Mac Guy Texas 07-30-12 Listener Since 2008
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maria sherwood, oregon, United States 08-07-16
    maria sherwood, oregon, United States 08-07-16 Member Since 2011
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    "best story and the narrator is so skilled"

    loved it from beginning to end.characters well developed. the narrator is skilled at giving each character voice and personality in voice inflections and accents.

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    Laineybin 08-02-16
    Laineybin 08-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I like these stories but..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Confession: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery the most enjoyable?

    I really can't stand Simon Prebble's Scottish accent - it's awful.


    What three words best describe Simon Prebble’s performance?

    Generally good, just can't do a Scottish accent at all (I know, more than 3 words!!)


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    Yvonne BAYVILLE, NEW YORK, United States 07-18-16
    Yvonne BAYVILLE, NEW YORK, United States 07-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    High praises for this book. Suspenseful and fun! Book takes me there, narrator guides me to it.

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    Jamea 07-30-15
    Jamea 07-30-15

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    "Great!"

    I Very much enjoyed this mystery and the reader is a favorite. Worth the read!

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    Elizabeth Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States 06-12-15
    Elizabeth Fort Lauderdale, Fl, United States 06-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Too many characters winding meandering plot"

    Was very long and too wordy I completely lost track of what was going on was glad when it was over

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    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-11-15
    Sarah BOERNE, TX, United States 05-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A very complex mystery, true to form"

    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.

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